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Browns sign ex-Colts rookie Jhaustin Thomas to practice squad

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The Browns go on an intel mission by adding the former Colts defensive lineman days before facing Indianapolis in Week 3.

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The Cleveland Browns made an addition to the practice squad on Tuesday, perhaps with an eye towards their Week 3 contest. Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas is the newest arrival to the team; the undrafted rookie spent his summer with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland’s next opponent.

As Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository also noted, the signing may be simply the Browns fishing for intel on the upcoming enemy.

Thomas totaled 38 tackles—27 solo and 11 assists—in two seasons as an Iowa State Cyclone and earned three of his four career sacks in his senior, 2016 season. He was named to the All-Big 12 second team last year before taking his skills to the NFL. The Colts signed him as an undrafted rookie in May, and released him in early September.

The 0-2 Browns head to Indianapolis on Sunday to take on the also winless Colts. Cleveland has the odds on their side for the first time on the road in nearly two years. And now they also have an in-house scouting report on their Week 3 opponents with the signing of Thomas.