Cleveland Browns Sign RB Thomas Clayton, Release WR Brian Robiskie


With injuries to both Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty, the Cleveland Browns have been forced to make a few moves for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

The team signed running back Thomas Clayton (who had two stints with the Browns in 2010) after a tryout and he will likely be the back-up to potential starter Chris Ogbonnaya. Hardesty is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a calf injury and Hillis is still day-to-day with his hamstring issue.

In order to make room for Clayton on the roster, the Browns released wide receiver Brian Robiskie, who was in his third season with the team. This ends a disappointing Browns career for Robiskie, as he never lived up to the expectations that come with being a second-round pick.

Robiskie was drafted in 2009 (Mohamed Massaquoi and David Veikune were the Browns’ other two second-round picks that year) and totaled 39 catches for 441 yards in three seasons. He was never really a part of the offense and it was the general hope that Robiskie would thrive in the new West Coast offense under Pat Shurmur.

That certainly wasn’t the case, as Robiskie only had three catches for 25 yards in 2011. Maybe he’ll catch on with another NFL team, but it was obvious from the start of this season that his career would never take off in Cleveland.
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