Cleveland Browns rolling along with roster churn
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns keep working on the wide receiver group as they have signed Bryce Treggs to the active roster.
The Cleveland Browns continued their roster churn on Tuesday thanks to some fresh injuries suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Browns placed linebacker Dominque Alexander, primarily a special teams contributor, on injured reserve with an unspecified knee injury. In his place the team promoted linebacker Deon King from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Cleveland also signed wide receiver Rannell Hall and linebacker Austin Calitro to the practice squad, while simultaneously releasing linebacker Garrett Sickles from the practice squad.
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Later in the day the Browns released wide receiver Jordan Leslie, who has only recently returned to the club, with an injury designation as Leslie injured a hamstring in Sunday’s game. Taking his place on the active roster is wide receiver Bryce Treggs, most recently seen on the practice squad of the Philadelphia Eagles.
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The Browns announced the moves on their website.
In other semi-related Browns news, Pro Football Talk reported that wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has been suspended from the league for almost three years and has only played in 19 of Cleveland’s last 68 games, has still not applied to the NFL office to be reinstated.
So all those “rumors” and the “buzz” about Gordon’s return being “imminent”? Yeah, still not happening.
Leslie’s departure is a bit of a disappointment as he looked solid in the preseason but was released in the final roster cutdown. Leslie made his return to the club after starting wide receiver Corey Coleman broke his hand and appeared in two games, making one reception for 26 yards.
Treggs, who is in his second year out of California, had a similar experience as he led the Eagles in receptions during the preseason with 12 catches for 141 yards, but was unable to crack the 53-man roster.
He was also fined $25,000 by the NFL for a hit to the head on Green Bay Packers defensive back Damarious Randall during a preseason game that left Randall with a concussion . That led to a brief Twitter spat between Treggs and Randall, which would certainly go over well with head coach Hue Jackson if it were to re-occur in Cleveland.
The Browns need all the help they can get at wide receiver as running back Duke Johnson is leading the team in receptions after four games. Among the wide receivers, Ricard Louis (10 receptions for 133 yards), Kenny Britt (eight receptions for 121 yards and holder of the title of the most-hated player in town) and Rashard Higgins (nine receptions for 105 yards) are essentially interchangeable right now, so anything Treggs can give the position group is a bonus.
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Although with the churn at the position, he may want to hold off on contacting any Realtors in Strongsville.