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Browns promote DB De'Ante Saunders from practice squad; TE Rob Housler to IR

With injuries piling up in the secondary, the Browns make a couple moves.

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The Browns announced this morning that they've signed De'Ante Saunders to the active squad. Saunders, listed as a DB, was signed in May as an undrated free agent out of Tennessee State.

Saunders started his collegiate career at Florida, before being released from his scholarship after a drug-related incident in 2011. He ended up finishing his career at Tennessee Sate. Below is a brief synopsis from his draft profile from from earlier this year:

Saunders' instincts, play quickness and coverage ability are NFL-­level without question, but his lack of size and inability to play the run with consistency hurt his stock. Ultimately, the biggest hindrance to his draft stock will likely be concerns over his character. Saunders has punt return ability and must play in the slot as an NFL cornerback. My draft grade represents the talent over how teams might rate his character.

To make room for him on the active squad, the Browns also announced TE Rob Housler has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury. The Browns signed Housler to a one-year contract in April. He was expected to help fill to void left by Jordan Cameron's departure, however with the explosion of Gary Barnidge, he hadn't seen much action. Housler had six catches through six games this season.