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Browns sign LB Elijah Lee to active roster

Club makes the obvious move to add Lee from the practice squad after placing linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. on injured reserve.

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The Cleveland Browns signed linebacker Elijah Lee to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday.

It may prove to be the most predictable transaction of the year for general manager Andrew Berry as he needed to fill a roster spot after Friday’s move to place linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. on injured reserve.

Lee was elevated to the active roster for the Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but did not play a snap on defense. He did log 21 snaps on special teams.

He was originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He has played in 50 games, including eight with the Browns last season, and has 53 career tackles, two forced fumbles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

He had six tackles with the Browns last season while mostly playing on special teams.

Per league rules Lee was sent back to the practice squad following the game against the Chiefs. Now that he has been signed to the active roster, not just elevated for Sunday’s game, he will have the opportunity to stick around for at least the three weeks that Walker is required to stay on the injured reserve list.