BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland rookie inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson will have surgery on his toe and will likely miss the Browns' final three games, another bad break for the luckless club.
Jackson is suffering from "turf toe," a relatively common injury that can heal with rest. He got hurt last week against Pittsburgh.
However, Browns coach Romeo Crennel said Jackson and the team elected to have an operation and the 23-year-old was scheduled for surgery Thursday. Crennel only ruled Jackson out of this Sunday's game at Baltimore, but it's doubtful he would play in Cleveland's last two games.
"There are two small bones underneath his big toe," Crennel said. "One of them got pulled away a little bit. If you give it time, it will heal, but some say that it's fixable now. We decided to have it fixed."
Jackson, a second-round pick from Maryland, started all 13 games for the Browns and has 115 tackles. He has recorded double-digit tackles in each of the past three games and Crennel has been pleased with the steady improvement.
"I thought he did a good job this year overall starting right away," Crennel said. "He played just about every down on first and second down for us. He was able to hold his own. At times, he struggled with some of the bigger guys, but his instincts allowed him to get around some of the blocks.
"He was productive as far as making tackles and he was good in pass coverage. Overall, I thought he had a pretty good year."
Crennel said the team has not yet decided whether to place Jackson on injured reserve.
Rookie Leon Williams, a fourth-round pick, is expected to start in Jackson's place against the Ravens.
The Browns have been plagued by major medical setbacks since training camp, when free agent center LeCharles Bentley torn a knee ligament on the first full-contact play.
Cleveland also is missing starting cornerback Gary Baxter (two torn knee ligaments), defensive end Orpheus Roye (sprained knee), safety Brian Russell (staph infection) and right tackle Ryan Tucker (mental disorder). All four are on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, quarterback Charlie Frye didn't throw any passes during the portion of practice open to the media. The second-year QB bruised his right wrist two weeks ago and sat out last week's loss at Pittsburgh.
"It's still sore," Frye said before practice. "It's tough to throw and if you can't throw, you can't play."