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Browns promote Montrel Meander to active roster

Linebacker has seen time on team’s practice squad each of the past two seasons.

NFL: AUG 29 Browns Training Camp Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns added linebacker Montrel Meander to the active roster on Wednesday as the club prepares for the home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

The move comes in the wake of Wednesday’s injury report where the Browns ruled out linebacker Jacob Phillips, who suffered a knee injury in the Week 1 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, and linebacker Mack Wilson, who will miss his second consecutive game while recovering from a hyperextended knee injury in training camp.

The 6-foot-2 and 215-pound Meander has been around the Browns since 2018 after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Grambling State.

Meander spent 12 weeks on Cleveland’s practice squad that season before signing with the Oakland Raiders, where he was inactive for the final five games of the year. He spent part of training camp with the New York Jets in 2019, and Browns claimed him off waivers in August after he was released by the Jets.

Meander spent 10 weeks on the practice squad with the Browns last season.

Meander started his collegiate career as a wide receiver at Texas before transferring to Grambling State and making the transition to defensive back. When the Browns brought him back in 2019 they still referred to Meander as a safety, but he has now made the position switch to linebacker.

Cleveland does not have to make a corresponding roster move to add Meander to the roster given the new rules put in place this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams are permitted to protect up to four practice squad players each week, and are allowed to promote one or two practice squad players to the game day roster each week as long as they do it prior to 4 p.m. on the day before a game.

If a player is promoted, they return to the team’s practice squad after the game.