CLEVELAND — Asked about kicker Austin Seibert's future with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, head coach Kevin Stefanski said the team was still gathering information.
It appears the Browns now have all the information they need.
Shortly after Stefanski spoke with reporters on a conference call on Monday, the Browns announced that they have waived Seibert. In his place, Cleveland has promoted Cody Parkey from its practice squad, with the veteran expected to serve as the team's kicker against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
Seibert's release from the Browns' roster could hardly be considered a surprise after the 2019 fifth-round pick struggled in Cleveland's 38-6 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. After connecting on 25 of 29 field goal attempts and 30 of 35 extra-point tries in 2019, the Oklahoma product missed his only extra point and field goal (40 yards) attempts in Sunday's season opener.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Stefanski acknowledged the need for Seibert to play better than he did against Baltimore.
"I expect him to make those kicks," Stefanski said. "I hold him to the same standard that we hold every other player on this team. He has to make those kicks."
Signed to the Browns' practice squad prior to the start of the 2020 season, Parkey has appeared in 68 regular-season games over the course of his six-year NFL career, connecting on 102 of his 121 field goal attempts, with a career-long of 54 yards. In 2016, Parkey served as Cleveland's starting kicker for 14 games and has since spent time as a member of the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans.