Browns release roster for season opener

CLEVELAND -- With the Browns season opener in Pittsburgh just eight days away, the team has reduced the roster to 53 players.

The team's press release revealed that contracts were terminated for wide receiver Nate Burleson, linebackers Zac Diles and Jamal Westerman and running back Chris Ogbonnaya.

Cornerback Isaiah Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

15 players were waived: defensive backs Josh Aubrey and Leon McFadden, defensive linemen Calvin Barnett, Jacobbi McDaniel and Justin Staples; offensive linemen Reid Fragel, Garrett Gilkey, Donald Hawkins, Alex Parsons and Abasi Salimu; quarterback Connor Shaw; tight end/fullback MarQueis Gray; running back Dion Lewis; tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi; and wide receiver Willie Snead.

The Browns 53-man roster includes:

Quarterbacks: Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Rex Grossman;

Running backs : Ben Tate, Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell,

Fullback: Ray Agnew;

Wide receivers: Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Charles Johnson;

Tight ends: Jordan Cameron, Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray;

Offensive linemen: Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, John Greco, Mitchell Schwartz, Joel Bitonio, Paul McQuistan, Martin Wallace, Karim Barton.

Defensive linemen: Desmond Bryant, Armonty Bryant, John Hughes, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, Phil Taylor, Billy Winn, Ahtyba Rubin;

Linebackers: Karlos Dansby, Barkevious Mingo, Craig Robertson, Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard, Chris Kirksey, Tank Carder; Eric Martin;

Defensive backs: Joe Haden, Buster Skrine, Justin Gilbert, Aaron Berry, Pierre Desir, Robert Nelson, K'Waun Williams, Donte Whitner, Tashaun Gipson, Jim Leonhard, Johnson Bademosi, Jordan Poyer.

Kicker: Billy Cundiff;

Punter: Spencer Lanning;

Long snapper: Christian Yount.


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