CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns’ depth at wide receiver has been tested over the last week, as two players suffered injuries that will keep them away from game action for undetermined lengths of time, but the front office is doing something about it.

The Browns announced Saturday they had signed first-round pick Breshad Perriman to a contract less than 24 hours before kicking off Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium. To make room for him on the active roster, fellow receiver Derrick Willies was placed on injured reserve.

Adding a veteran like Perriman became a necessity this week when Rashard Higgins went on the shelf because of a sprained knee ligament in last Sunday’s 12-9 win over the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium and his backup, Willies, suffered a broken collarbone in Friday’s practice at team headquarters in Berea.

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman (18) catches a touchdown over Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard (21) in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
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In three years with the Ravens, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Perriman caught 43 passes for 576 yards, an average of 13.4 yards per reception, with three touchdowns, including a 53-yard score during the 2016 season.

Perriman is in his fourth NFL season out of the University of Central Florida.

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