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Browns Place Three Rookies on Injury Lists as Rookies Report to Camp

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns rookies reported to training camp in Berea on Wednesday. The rest of the team reports next Wednesday, and the first public training camp session is next Thursday.

The Browns made three injury-related transactions on Wednesday, placing TE Randall Telfer and CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on the active/non-football injury list, while placing DL Tory Slater on the active/physically unable to perform list. All three players still count toward the team's 90-man roster.

Here is why it's a benefit for the Browns to make the moves that they did: it gives them the flexibility to extend those designations part-way into the regular season, where they would not count toward the 53-man roster. Then, if the player(s) are healthy enough, they can be activated and promoted to the 53-man roster. If Cleveland had not placed the designations on the players at the start of training camp, then their only resort when final cuts are due would be to place them on injured reserve.

Telfer is coming off of a knee injury in college, while Ekpre-Olomu is coming off of a knee injury. Ekpre-Olomu will probably miss all season, but Telfer could be ready for mid-season. It is unclear what injury Slater suffered earlier this offseason.