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Browns activate David Njoku for Sunday’s game

Team also adds defensive tackle Joey Ivie to the active roster for game against the Colts.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns made it official on Saturday as the club has added tight end David Njoku to the active roster.

Njoku has missed the past three games after suffering a knee injury in the Week 1 meeting against the Baltimore Ravens.

Njoku has been a polarizing player since the Browns selected him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

In each of his first two seasons he had four touchdown receptions and looked to be evolving into a nice receiving threat in 2018, when he finished with 56 receptions for 639 yards. His 2019 season was cut short by a wrist injury in Week 2 and he only ended playing in four games.

This past summer he hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, and Rosenhaus quickly threw out a trade demand - much to the ire of some Browns fans - that Njoku subsequently took back during training camp.

Njoku got off to a nice start in Week 1 against the Ravens with three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown reception before being landing on injured reserve.

With Njoku’s return to the roster, the Browns are now back to having a trio of tight ends who can present different problems for opposing defenses. And despite having only played in one game, Njoku has as many touchdown receptions as Austin Hooper (12 receptions for 96 yards) and Harrison Bryant (seven receptions for 59 yards) and just nine fewer yards than Bryant.

The Browns also promoted defensive tackle Joey Ivie from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game.

Ivie, who is 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, has bounced around since being selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut by the Cowboys at the end of training camp that season, and has spent time with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.

Ivie did not see any actual playing time until last season, when he appeared in five games for the Kansas City Chiefs and three games with the Tennessee Titans. He was waived by the Titans during final roster cutdowns in September.

Finally, the team signed defensive end Cameron Malveaux to the practice squad.

According to the team’s website, the 6-foot-6 and 265-pound Malveaux was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Houston.

Malveaux has played in 13 career games between the Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals. He was out of football in 2019, and spent some time with the San Francisco 49ers during training camp this summer before being released during final roster cuts.

He has 15 tackles, two sacks and one pass defensed in his NFL career.