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Browns sign two players to practice squad

Club adds tight end Miller Forristall and offensive guard Tristen Hoge to the practice squad, waive wide receiver Davion Davis after he completes his two-game suspension.

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The Cleveland Browns added a pair of players to the practice squad on Monday, signing tight end Miller Forristall and offensive guard Tristen Hoge.

The team released offensive tackle Jordan Steckler and wide received Davion Davis, who just completed his two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

The 6-foot-5 and 245-pound Forristall spent the opening week of the season on the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans. An undrafted free agent out of Alabama, he finished his collegiate career with 44 receptions, 505 yards and five touchdowns while winning two national championships with the Crimson Tide.

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The 6-foot-5 and 306-pound Hoge is an undrafted free agent out of Brigham Young who spent some time with the New York Jets. He started his collegiate career at Notre Dame, playing for two seasons before transferring to Brigham Young, where he started 25 games for the Cougars at right guard.

Hoge missed eight games in 2019 while dealing with a leg injury, then another four games in 2020 with COVID-related pneumonia.

Davis was a preseason darling after finishing with 12 receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. It appeared he might have an inside track to at least a spot on the practice squad as he was familiar with head coach Kevin Stefanski from their time together with the Minnesota Vikings, but the Browns clearly thought differently.

Steckler spent the first two weeks of the season on Cleveland’s practice squad. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 2020. He did not stick with the Saints but did spend the second half of the season on the New England Patriots practice squad. He started 43 games at Northern Illinois University and was a consensus first-team All-MAC selection as a senior.