Browns coach Mike Pettine says the roster is "very fluid" right now.
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns may be down to the roster minimum of 53 players, but just because it is set as of Sunday's practice does not mean things cannot change between now at Sunday's regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
After cutting down the roster to the league-mandated 53 players on Saturday afternoon, the Browns made multiple transactions on Sunday, including the termination of the contract of veteran quarterback Rex Grossman.
"Forty-eight hours after the deadline, there's a lot of movement with the roster, so I wouldn't read too much into where it stands right now," Browns coach Mike Pettine said after Sunday's practice. "There are some guys who aren't here who potentially could come back. There are some guys who are here who won't be here."
Although Pettine believes there could be more turnover on the roster in the next 48 hours, he expects the transactions to be "settled by the time we take the field on Wednesday" for practice.
"The roster situation right now is very fluid," Pettine said. "I think that just comes with the time of year when a lot of names that are out there. You have to weigh those decisions. Can we get this guy here? Can we get him ready? Do we put him on the 53? Do we put him on the practice squad? That's why (general manager) Ray Farmer and his crew have pretty much been working non-stop since the end of our game last week."
Running back is one of the positions that could change in the next few days, as the Browns currently have four on their roster -- veteran Ben Tate, and rookies Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell and Glenn Winston, who was awarded to the team via a waiver claim over the weekend.
With the exception of Tate, the Browns are extremely young in the backfield, but Pettine says the team is comfortable going into the opener against the Steelers with all four of their running backs.
"He's ahead of those guys, and I think he's been solid in protection," Pettine said of Tate. "I think he does a nice job catching the ball. I would think that he has the edge over those guys as far as third down. That's not saying they won't be there, but he's probably the guy you can trust the most right now would be Ben."
In addition to Tate, the Browns brought in West because of his Jerome Bettis-like running style, according to general manager Ray Farmer. Although the team saw an "inconsistent" performance from West in the preseason, they believe he will be better for it.
"I think it was good for him," Pettine said. "We put him out there in some situations that we wanted to see him in. There were some times where he made plays, and then, he made rookie mistakes some other times.
"I had a good meeting with Terrance just talking about the next step and being that guy we can just (rely on). We're pleased with where Terrance is, but it's something. He just needs to continue to get better. Some guys kind of say, 'Okay, I made it. I'm on the roster,' but to me, they need to accelerate, not decelerate."