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DL Purcell Promoted, Hamilton Signed

Ted Washington. Done for the year.
Ethan Kelley. Done for the year.
Orpheus Roye. Missing practice (foot).
Shaun Smith. Missing practice (bicep).
Robaire Smith. Missing practice (neck).

The Browns may only have one regular season game left, but having Simon Fraser and Louis Leonard as the only available defensive linemen isn't going to cut it. To make up for Kelley and safety Mike Adams being placed on the injured reserve Monday, the Browns signed two people to the active roster.

Veteran defensive lineman Bobby Hamilton and rookie Melila Purcell will be available this Sunday, and if the injuries for our guys continue to become a problem, I wouldn't be surprised if one of them started. Hamilton has been around the NFL for 13 years, playing in 164 games with 102 starts for the Jets, Patriots, and Raiders. He was with the Patriots during their 2001 and 2003 Super Bowl seasons when head coach Romeo Crennel was the team's defensive coordinator. Hamilton was with the Jets in training camp and the preseason this year but was waived before Week 1.

Purcell has spent the entire season on the Browns' practice squad after being taken by the team in the sixth round of April's draft. Purcell, at 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, may have a better shot at being active on Sunday considering he's practiced in the team's system all year (although Hamilton should still be familiar with it from his New England days).

Taking Purcell's spot on the practice squad is rookie defensive lineman Zach West. West was on the Patriots' practice squad from September 26th to October 9th.

With the lack of talent and how beat up the Browns' defensive line is right now, it may actually be a benefit for the Colts to let the Titans win Sunday. The Titans' line is very physical and could give teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, or New England Patriots a beating in a losing effort, softening them up for the Colts in the AFC Championship.