Browns Waive RB Bobby Rainey, Place S Josh Aubrey on IR

Jason Miller

On the heels of their game against the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns made several roster moves:

  • RB Bobby Rainey was waived from the team. I was a big advocate of the Browns trying to get Rainey after he had a great preseason with the Ravens, and was thrilled when Cleveland signed him. However, he has not stood out in limited action, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry on 13 attempts this season.

  • The move isn't much of a surprise, given what head coach Norv Turner said earlier this week: "We’re going to use Fozzy (Whittaker) a little bit and see how he does." Whittaker also acknowledged the fact that he was expected to see action against the Packers, prior to Rainey's release:
    "The coaches told me to be ready for whatever," Whittaker said. "There's a couple of situations where I may get into the game. Obviously it's not for certain I'll get in, but whenever my number's called, I'll be ready and make sure I'm focused in on everything that's going on."
  • S Josh Aubrey was placed on injured reserve after hurting his knee/ankle this week in practice. It is uncertain whether Aubrey's injury is serious, or if the team figured they would just stash him since he's really only been seeing action on special teams.

With two roster spots open, the Browns promoted WR Tori Gurley and CB Julian Posey from the practice squad. We should all be familiar with Gurley, who was on the team earlier this season while Josh Gordon served his suspension. It's interesting that Gurley was promoted instead of WR Josh Cooper, Brandon Weeden's former college teammate.

Posey is the older brother of former Buckeyes wide receiver DeVier Posey. Posey played for Ohio in college, but actually entered the NFL back in 2011, so he's older than most of the guys on the practice squad. He spent camp with the Jets in 2011 and 2012, but was released. He then signed on to the Miami Dolphins practice squad mid-way through 2012, and he spent this year's camp with them.

The Browns had an opportunity to promote rookie S Jamoris Slaughter from their practice squad instead, but chose not to do so.

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