The Cleveland Browns made multiple roster moves on Monday to get down to the National Football League-mandated roster limit of 75 players.
Placed on the waived/injured list were linebacker Marcus Benard, who dislocated his left elbow in Friday night’s preseason friendly against Philadelphia, defensive lineman Auston English and undrafted rookie cornerback Antwuan Reed.
The Browns placed linebackers Chris Gocong, who tore his Achilles’ tendon in practice on Aug. 4, and Emmanuel Acho, the team’s sixth-round draft pick in the most recent NFL Draft on injured reserve. Those players are lost for the season.
Finally, defensive tackle Phil Taylor was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he is still recovering from a torn pectoral muscle suffered during off-season training. According to league rules, Taylor must sit out the first six weeks of the season (until Oct. 16) and then the Browns have three weeks to let him start practicing. Once Taylor takes the practice field, the team then has 21 days to decide if they want to activate him or place him on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Benard is the name that sticks out the most. In three seasons with the Browns, he totaled 11.5 sacks in 25 games, with a high of 7.5 sacks in 2010. He missed all but four games last year, however, after crashing his Can-Am Spyder motorcycle and suffering injuries to his hand.
The Browns were awarded undrafted rookie defensive lineman Ernest Owusu off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Owusu was a four-year letterman at the University of California, playing in 42 games with 18 starts. For his career, he had 55 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
He earned first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors as a senior after being a second-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection during both his sophomore and junior seasons.
If nothing else, he will give Alex Mack, Mitchell Schwartz, Scott Fujita, Owen Marecic, Evan Moore and Alex Smith someone else to talk to.
The Browns must trim the roster to the final 53 players by Friday at 9 p.m.
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