The Cleveland Browns signed cornerback Brian Allen to the active roster on Monday.
Allen had been on the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals since early November and was just activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on January 1.
The 6-foot-3 and 200-pound Allen was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He played in 16 games across two seasons for the Steelers, posting three tackles.
The Steelers released Allen near the end of training camp in 2019 and he eventually found his way to the practice squad of the Seattle Seahawks in December of 2019. Seattle waived him in August of this year, he made a brief stop with the Buffalo Bills, and then the San Franciso 49ers signed him to the practice squad in mid-September.
Allen appeared in one game for the 49ers, making the start in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins. He allowed five receptions (on six targets) that day for 124 yards, but did make three tackles.
The Bengals added him to their practice squad on November 3.
The Browns were caught shorthanded this past weekend at the cornerback position after losing Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson to COVID-19. It is still too early to know if either Ward or Joseph will be back for Sunday’s Wild Card playoff game against the Steelers, so if nothing else Allen is another body to throw out there.