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Browns Cut Terrelle Pryor, Add Robert Turbin

NFL News
September 10, 2015

3:42pm: Pryor tells Cabot (Twitter link) that the Browns cut him to clear a spot on the roster to claim running back Robert Turbin off waivers from the Seahawks. It makes sense that Cleveland would want another running back on the roster, with just two backs currently active and one of them – Duke Johnson – recovering from a concussion. However, Turbin has an injury of his own — his ankle is expected to sideline him for a few more weeks.

3:34pm: Terrelle Pryor, playing a new position, appeared over the weekend to have earned a spot on the Browns’ Week 1 roster, but it sounds like he won’t be on the team for its regular season opener after all. Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (via Twitter), the Browns are waiving Pryor, who converted to wide receiver this summer.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com (Twitter link), Pryor himself confirmed his release. “This will be a mistake by them,” he said.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise, since Pryor reportedly impressed Cleveland’s coaching staff over the summer as he transitioned into a new role. Although he was limited by a hamstring issue and head coach Mike Pettine said it would require a “leap of faith” to carry him on the roster, Pryor looked like a back-of-the-roster player with some upside, one who could perhaps be involved in some gadget plays and act as the team’s emergency quarterback if necessary.

The last time Pryor was cut, back in June by the Bengals, the Browns snatched him off waivers, and the Cowboys and Patriots also submitted claims, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Of course, at that time, teams were carrying 90 players on their rosters, so it’ll be interesting to see if the former Raiders signal-caller makes it through waivers unclaimed this time around.

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