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Browns sign two defenders to practice squad

Weaver returns while Carter provides depth at linebacker

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Like many teams around the NFL, the Cleveland Browns are dealing with a rash of injuries despite the mini-bye week after Thursday Night Football. LB Anthony Walker Jr. is done for the year, DE Jadeveon Clowney could miss more time with his ankle issue and DE Myles Garrett’s health after his accident is a big unknown.

Three weeks into the NFL season, there are not a lot of options available to teams to find replacements or upgrades at many positions. Enlarged practice squads keep players from coming in for workouts for other teams. The Browns could sign players from another team’s practice squad but without seeing them in person first.

Tuesday, the team announced that they had signed DE Curtis Weaver and LB Jermaine Carter Jr. to their practice squad. Weaver was with the team throughout training camp and last year. The press release shared Carter’s history in the NFL:

Carter may be able to help on special teams as other linebackers move up on the depth chart in Walker’s place while Weaver knows the defense and could step in quickly for Joe Woods.