Browns move lineman Tucker to IR

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Cleveland Browns lost one of their top offensive linemen Saturday when they placed right guard/tackle Ryan Tucker on injured reserve. Tucker missed the beginning of the season following hip surgery then suffered a knee injury after his return that eventually ended his season.

Tucker, a 12-year veteran, had been one of the most durable linemen for the Browns until this season. He is expected to have his knee scoped next week, according to the team.

"I'm looking forward to getting my body completely healthy and returning to play in 2009," Tucker said in a statement. "This has been a tough process, first working my way back from a hip fracture and now having to recover from a knee injury. I know that once I'm healthy, I still have a lot of playing days ahead of me."

Cleveland signed receiver Steve Sanders to take Tucker's place on the active roster. Sanders has spent time on the Browns 53-man roster and on the practice squad this season.