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Cleveland Browns sign former Ohio State DT, Elyria native Tracy Sprinkle

The 24-year-old graduated from Elyria High School in 2013.
Credit: Darron Cummings/AP
Ohio State's Tracy Sprinkle and teammates celebrate after Ohio State defeated Indiana 49-21 in an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Bloomington, Ind.

As the competition continues at training camp, the Browns have added more depth on the defensive line.

The team announced Saturday it had signed defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle to its roster. The 24-year-old graduated from Elyria High School in 2013.

Sprinkle played in college for Ohio State, but off-field issues and injuries limited him to just four tackles his first three seasons. As a senior in 2017, however, he played in all 14 games and recorded 16 tackles (three for a loss) to help the Buckeyes win the Big Ten championship.

The Carolina Panthers signed Sprinkle as an undrafted free agent last year, but he was released during the final training camp cuts. He later signed with the Atlanta Legends of the now-defunct Alliance of American Football, and recorded 22 tackles and five sacks in eight games before the league folded. Most recently, he participated in the Kansas City Chiefs' rookie minicamp.

To make room on the roster for Sprinkle, the Browns waived rookie cornerback Jermaine Ponder.