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Browns Waive Turbin, DiManche, Saunders; Add Miller, Winston, Gaines to Roster

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In a surprising move on Tuesday, the Browns waived running back Robert Turbin.

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Berea buzzed with activity on Tuesday as general manager Ray Farmer and the Cleveland Browns completed a flurry of transactions.

As is customary, the moves were met with significant skepticism from both fans and pundits.

The first transaction turned out to be the most surprising and most criticized. On Tuesday morning, the club waived running back Robert Turbin.

The Browns made a point of signing the former Seahawks backup in September, stashing the bruising back for six weeks as he recovered from an injury. Upon his return, Turbin played in three games and received 18 carries for 60 yards. The Utah State product also mishandled two handoffs from Josh McCown against the Cardinals, likely leading to Turbin's demise.

The move puzzled many close followers of the Browns. Head coach Mike Pettine and others had spoken highly of Turbin, so the organization's decision to release him after three games makes little sense.

Glenn Winston will take Turbin's place as the team's third running back. Following the Turbin move, the Browns activated Winston from the reserve / non-football injury list. The club placed Winston on the list on September 1 with a knee injury, and Winston returned to practice the week before the Rams game. The Detroit native played in five games as a rookie in 2014.

Charles Gaines also joined Winston on the active roster today. The Browns activated Gaines today from the injured reserve / designated for return list on September 7 with a hamstring injury. The 2015 sixth round pick also returned to practice before week seven.

Following Joel Bitonio's injury announcement, the Browns elevated offensive lineman Darrian Miller to the team's active roster. Miller spent the first nine weeks of the season on the Browns' practice squad. Miller came to the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky. The 6'5, 307 pound rookie will backup Cameron Erving and others on the offensive line.

To make room, the Browns waived linebacker Jayson DiManche and defensive back De'Ante Saunders on Monday. Each player saw the field for the Browns, but neither made a lasting impression.

Tuesday's transactions give the Browns a full roster heading into Sunday's matchup with the Steelers, but Farmer and the Browns still might have moves to make with several other injuries on the roster.