The Cleveland Browns have signed wide receiver Bug Howard to the practice squad. Howard is a 6’4, 210 pound rookie out of North Carolina. Originally signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent, Howard spent the entire preseason with the Colts before being waived September 2.
Suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to rehab in June to try to show the NFL he was worthy of reinstatement and will end his treatment September 21. When the NFL denied Gordon’s bid for reinstatement in May, the league told the Browns receiver he could apply again in the fall. 26-year-old Gordon has not played in a game since December 21, 2014. He has been suspended for 43 of the Browns’ past 48 games.
The Browns continued their roster overhaul yesterday when they traded offensive lineman Cam Erving, a former first-round pick, to the Chiefs for a fifth-round selection in 2018. The deal gives Cleveland 13 picks in April’s draft, including multiple selections in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.
The Cleveland Browns released two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. Coach Hue Jackson said he wanted Haden on his defense, but deferred to Sashi Brown, the team’s top front-office executive, to make decisions that help the Browns. 28-year-old Haden has played in only 18 games over the past two seasons because of injuries.
A dozen Browns players took a knee in prayer during the national anthem last night. While a group knelt behind the bench, several other players placed a hand on a kneeling teammate’s shoulder in support. Tight end Seth DeValve, who became the first know white NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem, said recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, had a lot to do with the decision.