On Tuesday, the Browns placed about a fifth of their starting lineup on the Injured Reserve list. On Wednesday, there were some holes to fill.
The Browns made a large number of roster moves on Wednesday to plug the gaps left in their starting line-up when they placed DE Courtney Brown, OL Chad Beasley, RB James Jackson, K Phil Dawson, and DB Lewis Sanders on the IR. The team made the following moves:
- Promoted DL Felipe Claybrooks from the practice squad to the active roster. Claybrooks started the season on the active roster, but was released and re-signed to the team's practice squad about a month ago, shortly after earning Davis' ire for a poor play on special teams.
- Promoted DB Ron Israel from the practice squad to the active roster. Israel is a second-year player out of Notre Dame who had brief stints with the Redskins and Vikings before coming to Cleveland. Israel was briefly on the Browns practice squad earlier this season, and was signed again about a week ago.
- Signed RB Nick Maddox off the Buffalo Bills practice squad to the active roster. Maddox was originally signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent from Florida State, released after training camp, and has been sitting on the Bills practice squad since September. Maddox most likely would develop as a third-down back in the Jamel White mode. SEE ALSO: Nick Maddox scouting report. There is a huge amount of information on Maddox available via our partner sites for the Florida State Seminoles and San Diego Chargers.
- Signed DE/FB Josh Mallard to the active roster. Mallard is a second-year player out of Georgia who spent a year playing defensive line for the Indianapolis Colts. The Browns have brought him onto the team to try to convert him into a fullback.
- Signed K Brett Conway to the active roster. Conway was originally a third-round draft choice by the Green Bay Packers, but injuries have forced him to become a nomadic kicker-for-hire, who has been wandering through the NFL filling in for regular kickers who have been injured. Conway's last full-time role was with the Washington Redskins, where he did fairly well. Conway had an outstanding career at Penn State, which motivated the Packers to select him with a first-day pick.
- Finally landed P Derrick Frost onto the practice squad. Readers of BerniesInsiders.com may remember Frost's name, since the team was interested in signing him as an undrafted free agent back prior to their rookie camp in May. They tried again after he was released by the Eagles, but he was snatched up by the Baltimore Ravens, who were then above the Brown for waiver claims. Frost's claim to fame is his ability to kick-off, suggesting that the Browns are likely more interested in him as a kick-off specialist than as a punter.
- Signed DL Corey Jackson onto the practice squad for the third time. A 2003 version of Bill Duff, sans the professional wrestling ambitions, Jackson is now on his third trial with the Browns. Jackson is an interesting story, as he only played collegiate football his senior year at Nevada, where he was on the basketball team, and didn't clearly stand out. The Browns are obviously interested in his potential, as Jackson is a tall (6'6") prospect and clearly a well-rounded athlete.
Expect more moves prior to the end of the season, as the Browns fill holes and don't hesitate to put injured players on the shelf with their playoff hopes essentially non-existent.
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