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Browns claim TE Kyle Markway off waivers

Markway spent 11 weeks of the 2020 season on Cleveland’s practice squad.

NFL: Cleveland Browns Rookie Minicamp Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns claimed tight end Kyle Markway off of waivers on Wednesday.

Markway had been in training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, but was waived on Tuesday.

To make room for Markway on the roster, the Browns released defensive end Romeo McKnight, who Cleveland had signed as an undrafted free agent in May.

If Markway’s name sounds familiar, it is because he spent 11 weeks of the 2020 season on Cleveland’s practice squad before being promoted to the active roster, but not playing, for the team’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 6-foot-4 and 250-pound Markway, who is known more for his blocking than his pass-catching skills, originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2019 out of South Carolina.

Markway spent some time on the Giants practice squad in 2019 before being released early in 2020. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in late August of 2020, but was released during the final roster cutdown.

Markway had injury issues with the Gamecocks, missing all of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He came back for two more years, and finished his final college season by catching 31 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns.

The addition of Markway brings the number of tight ends on Cleveland’s roster to give, as he joins Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant and Jordan Franks. The Browns previously placed tight ends Connor Davis and Stephen Carlson on the injured reserve list.