Ryan Switzer

Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #10
Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #10

Ryan Switzer News

Announces retirement

Switzer has announced his retirement from the NFL via his Twitter account.

Analysis: Switzer hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2019, and had spent the last two seasons working through injuries while on the Browns' practice squad. He finishes his career with 41 games played between the Cowboys and Steelers, generating 50 catches on 62 targets for 321 yards and a touchdown across five total seasons.

Jul 18, 2022 10:44 AM EST

Gets tryout

Switzer (foot) received a tryout with the Panthers on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Switzer signed a one-year deal with the Browns last offseason, but he suffered a foot injury during training camp, which required surgery, and he never saw the field. Switzer last played in 2019 with the Steelers, appearing in nine games and making eight catches on 11 targets for 27 yards. The 2017 fourth-round selection will continue working to earn a shot at getting back on track somewhere next season.

Apr 19, 2022 4:38 PM EST

Set for foot surgery

Switzer will undergo foot surgery, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Switzer was placed on injured reserve Monday and will miss the rest of the season due to the procedure, unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.

Aug 17, 2021 5:05 PM EST

Lands on IR

Switzer has been placed on the Browns' injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: It is unclear what issue Switzer is dealing with. He is now set to spend the remainder of the season on the Browns' IR unless he and the team can ultimatley reach an injury settlement should he regain his health.

Aug 16, 2021 5:32 PM EST

Signs on in Cleveland

The Browns signed Switzer to a one-year deal Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Switzer linked with Cleveland's practice squad back in October, and he'll remain with the team to begin the offseason. He played a depth role with the Steelers from 2018-19.

Jan 22, 2021 12:13 PM EST

Back from COVID-19 list

The Browns activated Switzer (undisclosed) from the practice squad/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Switzer will now be eligible to rejoin teammates at the Browns' facilities. If any of Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge are unable to come off the COVID-19 list Week 17, it's possible that Switzer could be called up to the active roster.

Dec 31, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Shifts to COVID-19 list

The Browns placed Switzer on the practice squad COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Switzer either tested positive for the virus or came into close contact with an infected person. He'll be required to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols before returning to the Browns' scout team.

Dec 24, 2020 7:42 PM EST

Removed from practice squad IR

Switzer (undisclosed) was restored to the Browns' practice squad.

Analysis: Switzer was placed on the practice squad injured list in early November. The Browns currently have three wide receivers on injured reserve with KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) questionable, so Switzer could be in line for a promotion.

Dec 9, 2020 3:48 AM EST

Placed on practice IR

The Browns placed Switzer (undisclosed) on practice squad injured reserve.

Analysis: Switzer had been signed as insurance when the Browns experienced a spate of injuries at wideout.

Nov 10, 2020 6:49 PM EST

Joins Browns' practice squad

The Browns signed Switzer to the practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Switzer spent the last two years in Pittsburgh, and he'll now remain in-division as an emergency wideout option for the Browns. He also boasts significant experience as a return man, something Cleveland can use in the wake of losing JoJo Natson (torn ACL) for the season.

Oct 1, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Checks out Cleveland

The Browns hosted Switzer (foot) for a visit Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Switzer was waived by the Steelers with an injury tag before rosters were finalized, but it appears he's healthy and ready to find a new team. The 25-year-old played nine games last year and caught eight of 11 targets for 27 yards, but he has plenty of experience as a kick and punt returner. That could come in handy for the Browns with JoJo Natson (torn ACL) done for the season.

Sep 29, 2020 2:40 PM EST

Cast aside by Steelers

Switzer (foot) was waived by the Steelers on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Steelers could try to bring back Switzer with some injury-related roster shenanigans, but for the moment he'll pass through waivers. The selection of Chase Claypool in the 2020 NFL Draft and emergence of castaway Ray-Ray McCloud made Switzer's skillset expendable, although his status as a 2017 fourth-round pick likely will secure, at minimum, a practice-squad spot down the road.

Sep 5, 2020 2:55 PM EST

Still not practicing

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Switzer (foot) is day-to-day after missing Friday's practice, Tribune-Review Sports reports.

Analysis: Switzer sustained this injury during Tuesday's practice and hasn't made it back onto the field yet, but Tomlin doesn't seem too concerned. The 25-year-old should be back on the field soon, but most of his contributions this year will be as a returner since the Steelers selected receiver Chase Claypool in the second round of April's draft.

Aug 28, 2020 3:12 PM EST

Injures foot Tuesday

Switzer suffered a foot injury at Tuesday's practice, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Switzer did not return to practice after suffering the injury. Health permitting, Switzer looks primed to serve as a depth receiver and contributor in the return games for Pittsburgh.

Aug 25, 2020 5:33 PM EST

Remains in good roster position

Switzer is in a solid position to retain his spot on the Steelers' season-opening roster, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old caught eight passes for 27 yards and appeared in only eight games last season due to a back injury, but the trust he's earned from the team gives him an edge for a roster spot. Switzer has primarily worked as a returner and would likely fill a similar role, assuming he remains with the team.

Jun 30, 2020 5:02 PM EST

Finished season on IR

Switzer finished the 2019 season on injured reserve.

Analysis: Switzer's season was cut short due to a back injury after hauling in eight catches on 11 targets for 27 yards . He also totaled 195 return yards. Switzer is a mediocre receiver who may no longer be needed in 2020 for his return skills with the addition of Diontae Johnson. Switzer has one year remaining on his contract.

Dec 31, 2019 2:16 PM EST

Designated for return

Switzer (back) has been placed on the Steelers' IR: Designated for return list.

Analysis: Switzer is thus eligible to -- and expected to -- practice Thursday in advance of Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Ravens. If he's able to suit up this weekend, Switzer will provide the Steelers' receiving corps with another slot option, as well as provide the team with another player who can return kickoffs and/or punts.

Dec 26, 2019 7:10 AM EST

Hits injured reserve

The Steelers placed Switzer (back) on injured reserve Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Switzer suffered a back injury during Sunday's win over the Rams, the severity of which will cause him to spend the rest of the season on injured reserve. In his absence, James Washington and Diontae Johnson stand to see work fielding kicks and punts, respectively.

Nov 14, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Won't gear up Thursday

Switzer (back) is ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Switzer was listed as a DNP all week, so he'll miss the first game of his career. The third-year pro makes most of his impact as a returner, so James Washington and Diontae Johnson are in line to field kicks and punts, respectively. Switzer's absence hurts the Steelers' wideout depth as well, so they may bring up a practice-squad receiver.

Nov 13, 2019 11:02 AM EST

Logs five snaps in loss

Switzer was only present for five snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Switzer didn't see any snaps on offense Sunday after seeing 46 snaps in Week 1 and 13 snaps in Week 2. It's unclear why Switzer's role has decreased so harshly, although it seems likely that the absence of Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is at least partially to blame.

Sep 24, 2019 1:32 PM EST

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