Cleveland Browns Add Offensive Lineman Artis Hicks

The Cleveland Browns continue to tinker with their roster as the prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Artis Hicks Will Add Experience To Cleveland Browns Offensive Line

With Eric Steinbach gone for the season, the Cleveland Browns felt they needed some depth at guard.  Enter 10-year vet Artis Hicks, who was signed by the Browns to a one-year contract.  Hicks was released by the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

Hicks was signed by current Browns GM Tom Heckert as an undrafted free agent when Heckert was with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002.

Hicks will immediately battle for the starting spot at left guard vacated by Steinbach when he underwent back surgery last week.  Steinbach will miss the entire season.  The Browns were currently starting rookie Jason Pinkston at LG, but Hicks will provide some much-needed experience should the rookie falter as the regular season amps up.

"We do like Pinkston a lot," said Heckert before Hicks was signed. "We think he's going to be a really good player. We'll see how it shakes out this week and who's going to be starting at left guard."

The Broncos waived  offensive lineman Pat Murray to make room for Hicks on the roster.


Cleveland Browns Add Six Players To Practice Squad

A day after cutting down to 53 players, the Cleveland Browns added six players to their practice squad for 2011, all six having spent training camp with the Browns.

The team can add up to eight players to the practice squad so a couple of moves are expected over the next few days as the team prepares for a Week 1 showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium. 

The practice squad includes:

Dominic Alford(OL)

Jarrod Shaw(OL)

Tyler Clutts(FB)

Quinn Porter(RB)

Brian Sanford(DL)

Rod Windsor(WR)


Cleveland Browns Awarded QB Thaddeus Lewis Who Was Cut By St. Louis Rams

The Cleveland Browns made their roster cuts on Saturday, but for three players who thought they had made the team Sunday came as a harsh realization.  The Browns continued to tinker with their roster on Sunday, winning waiver-claims on three players - quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, linebacker Quinton Spears and defensive lineman Emmanual Stephens.  Spears was cut by the Miami Dolphins while Stephens was let go by the Atlanta Falcons.

To make room on their 53-man roster, the Browns waived defensive lineman Auston English and linebacker Benjamin Jacobs.  Also gone is defensive lineman Derreck Robinson.

Lewis, a former standout at Duke, was a practice squad player in St. Louis in 2010 when current Browns head coach Pat Shurmur was the offensive coordinator with the Rams.  before Lewis became available the Browns were planning on carrying just two quarterbacks - starter Colt McCoy and backup Seneca Wallace.  

Lewis lost the backup quarterback battle in St. Louis to A.J. Feeley.  Sam Bradford is the starter.  Lewis played well, however, going 23/32 for 266 yards.  he was 22/28 for 255 yards and 2 TDs in 2010's preseason.

Lewis was a four-year starter for the Blue Devils, throwing for over 10,000 yards and 67 touchdowns.


Browns Cut 8 Players On Sunday In Precursor To More Cuts On Tuesday

The Browns began paring their roster on Sunday, letting eight players go, including four defenders, three on the offensive side of the ball, and one kicker.

Let go were wide receivers Johnathan Haggerty and Juan Nunez, quarterback Troy Weatherhead, kicker Jeff Wolfert, defensive end Jabari Fletcher, safety Brett Johnson, cornerback Darian Hagan and defensive tackle Kyle Anderson.

August 30 is the day when all rosters must be cut down to 80 players, so no doubt a lot of names will be on everyone's lists today.

For a complete look at all transactions for the Browns -- not just now but throughout the year -- I highly recommend's comprehensive list. There are, of course, all the Cleveland cuts, as well as links to cuts for every other team, for those of you who like to peruse the players that come available and wonder if they are worth bringing in to Berea.

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