The comeback of corner back Gary Baxter will be put off till at least 2008, as today the Browns put him on injured reserve, ending his 2007 before it could even get started. Baxter was in the process of making a miracle comeback to the team just one season after tearing both patella tendons on the same play. The 29-year-old failed to make enough progress over the last few weeks and the team decided they needed the roster spot more than they needed a player that was not going to be 100 percent this season. “Gary has put everything he’s got into this comeback,” Browns general manager Phil Savage said in a statement. “He made great strides, but just hasn’t been able to reach the 100 percent level needed to play in the NFL. We feel he is headed in the right direction and hopeful he will return by next season.”
Baxter signed a six-year deal with the team worth $30 mil back in 2005. He was with the Ravens and Savage during his tenure there before he came to the Browns. “I have been working hard for the past year to recover from my injuries, but unfortunately at this time I’m not at a level where I can be a full-time contributor to my team,” Baxter said. “Because of that, I don’t want to continue to take up a roster spot that can be filled by someone who can help the team win right now. I’ve made significant progress, much more than anyone thought I ever would. Still, I’m extremely disappointed I didn’t make it on the field this year and I plan to use this as motivation to get back on the field next year. I’m getting closer to that goal each week.”
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