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Cleveland Browns Shuffle Roster, Prepare to Audition Kickers

September 3rd, 2013 at 8:05 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

'Billy Cundiff PAT_3205' photo (c) 2007, James Emery - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Cleveland Browns’ “final” 53-man roster on Saturday wasn’t so final after all, as the team jettisoned six players in favor of six who had been cut by other teams.

The Browns released running backs Brandon Jackson and Brad Smelley; tight end Kellen Davis; linebacker L.J. Fort; and offensive linemen Jarrod Shaw and Caylin Hauptmann.

Cleveland replaced them with running backs Bobby Rainey (Ravens) and Dennis Johnson (Texans), tight ends Keavon Milton (Saints) and MarQueis Gray (49ers); offensive lineman Patrick Lewis (Packers); and linebacker Brandon McGee (Cowboys).

The Browns still don’t have a kicker on the roster, but Billy Cundiff (pictured) and Georgio Tavecchio will try out for the job today, according to the Plain Dealer.

Cundiff kicked for the Browns briefly in 2009, before going on to a Pro Bowl season with the Baltimore Ravens. This summer, Cundiff was cut by the New York Jets, while Tavecchio was dropped by the Green Bay Packers.

Cleveland also signed eight players to its practice squad, including Hauptmann and the Browns' sixth-round draft pick, safety Jamoris Slaughter. Other squad members include wide receivers Tori Gurley and Jasper Collins; and defensive backs Kip Edwards, Terrence Frederick, Darius Eubanks and Julian Posey.

The Browns will kick off the season on Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins.

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Tags: Brad Smelley, Brandon Jackson, Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Football, Kellen Davis, NFL

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