Browns Place Pashos, Smith on IR

The Cleveland Browns have placed offensive tackle Tony Pashos and defensive end Robaire Smith on injured reserve, Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

To replace them on the 53-man roster, free agent offensive tackle Paul McQuistan and wide receiver Yamon Figurs have been signed.

Pashos (ankle) started the last three games at right tackle for the Browns, who have been without regular starter John St. Clair with an ankle injury of his own. If St. Clair can't return this week, Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack could start at right tackle, with 2010 fourth-round pick Shawn Lauvao playing right guard.

Smith has a back injury, and his placement on injured reserve was not a surprise.

McQuistan (6-6, 315) was a third-round pick out of Weber State by the Oakland Raiders in 2006. McQuistan has started 12 of his 35 NFL games, which also included a stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who released him at the end of this year's training camp.

Figurs was a third-round pick out of Kansas State by the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, and has also played for the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Raiders. Figurs only has five receptions in his career, but they covered 103 yards and one went for a 43-yard touchdown in 2008.

The 5-11, 185-pound Figurs has also averaged 8.1 yards on 42 punt returns and 23.0 yards on 85 kick returns, bringing one of each back for touchdowns.

Signing Figurs may speak to how cautiously the Browns will treat Pro Bowl return specialist Joshua Cribbs, who was knocked out of last Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion.

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