The Cleveland Browns made a roster move when they released 2013 6th round pick Jamoris Slaughter. The safety that has not been healthy since being drafted into the NFL has been allowed to seek an opportunity with a team elsewhere, which might require another trip to injured reserve.
Slaughter was drafted out of Notre Dame injured. The thought process was that had he been healthy, Slaughter would have warranted a pick a few rounds earlier; some felt perhaps as high as round three. Slaughter tried to come back too early from the injury that sidelined him in college and ended up suffering setbacks that stopped him from being able to help the team at all last year. He was released coming out of camp and signed onto the practice squad before being moved to injured reserve.
Slaughter has continued to deal with injuries and the team appears to be ready to move on and focusing on the younger players already on the roster. While the Slaughter pick will be looked as a failure, the mindset behind it was perfectly reasonable. They used a sixth round pick to try to hope an injured player could come back and regain his form, healthy, which could have been a nice boon for them. Instead, someone else may have the opportunity to get that talent out of Slaughter, if he is ever healthy enough to start his career.
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