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Browns sign safety Jovante Moffatt

Rookie had spent the first three weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad.

NFL: AUG 30 Browns Training Camp Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns made a few roster adjustments on Tuesday, most notably by signing safety Jovante Moffatt from the practice squad.

The club had an open roster spot after placing kick returner JoJo Natson on injured reserve after Natson suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s victory over Washington.

Finally, the Browns released linebacker Montrel Meander, who was promoted to the game day roster each of the past two weeks from the practice squad.

Moffatt is in his first season with the Browns after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State. He appeared in 55 games for the Blue Raiders, finishing his collegiate career with 313 tackles, five interceptions, 17 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, according to his bio at

The release of Meander could signal that not only is linebacker Mack Wilson ready for more playing time after being on the field for just six snaps against Washington in his first action of the year.

Linebacker Jacob Phillips may also be nearing a return as he was spotted in the locker room on Tuesday without a leg brace. Phillips has been dealing with a knee injury he suffered during the Week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

On Monday, head coach Kevin Stefanski said that Phillips, along with defensive end Olivier Vernon, who has missed the past two games with an abdomen injury, and cornerback Greedy Williams, who has yet to play this year with a shoulder injury, all are “progessing,” according to

“I do want to point out that there are a ton of guys that are fighting through these injuries that are working their tails off to get out there on the practice field and make it to the game. I think that is a great testament to this team and guys pushing through these injuries.”

The Browns will look to win their third consecutive game when they hit the road to face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.