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Browns claim former 49ers running back

Winston AP

The Browns wanted to acquire 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh in February.  As the season approaches, the Browns will have to settle for acquiring San Francisco players.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the Browns have claimed former 49ers running back Glenn Winston.

Winston, who joined the 49ers after Kendall Hunter was lost for the season, served six months in jail in college for a fight with a hockey player.  Another fight resulted in a violation of probation, and another six months in jail, after a fight with a fraternity member.

The history makes Winston potentially radioactive under the beefed-up policy on domestic violence, sexual assault, and assault and battery.

But with Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya cut by Cleveland, the Browns have needs at the position.  Whether Winston helps fill those needs remains to be seen.

Winston’s preseason performance included a 27-yard touchdown run against the Chargers a week ago.  He finished the day with 58 yards on eight carries.  In the preseason finale against the Texans, Winston had 11 carries for 55 yards.

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14 Responses to “Browns claim former 49ers running back”
  1. sprtsfan1 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:23 PM

    Who won the fight with the hockey player?

  2. citiciti says: Aug 31, 2014 1:30 PM

    Sounds like a upstanding young man.#playlikeabrown

  3. coachwolf49 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:32 PM

    This kid is awesome and will run up some 1000 yard seasons for the Browns. Huge mistake by the Niners.

  4. forty9asty says: Aug 31, 2014 1:33 PM

    Congrats Browns, this guy was solid for us through the preseason, and I was kinda shocked he got cut from the 9ers. I hoped he was going to land on our practice squad, but I think its a good pick up for you guys. He’s 6’1″ and 210+ so he’s a bruiser type of runner but he’s got quick feet and a lot of poise.

  5. gylven says: Aug 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    they claiming everyone

  6. tigers182 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:00 PM

    So they dump one Spartan running back (Baker) for another?

  7. trollhammer20 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:04 PM

    Two arrests and two stints in jail? Kind of makes you wonder why the Niners cut him, seems to be the type of character they value.

  8. ytownjoe says: Aug 31, 2014 4:16 PM

    Cleveland has too many choir boys. Needed a little diversity.

  9. thetruth49 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:20 PM

    trollhammer20 says:

    Two arrests and two stints in jail? Kind of makes you wonder why the Niners cut him, seems to be the type of character they value.

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    2012th Man fan, we know you are new to the league so just an FYI, the criminal record of your running back is worse.

  10. gawdyourteamsucks says: Aug 31, 2014 4:51 PM

    The Since 2012 Man.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 31, 2014 6:12 PM

    No “fight” with the hockey player, Winston sucker punched A.J. Sturgis from the side after the football players crashed a frat party. It was a psychotic cowardly act, and Winston has a history of it. DI football wanted no part of him and the NFL shouldn’t either.

  12. excessivedrinking says: Aug 31, 2014 11:46 PM

    An people wonder why the Browns are in last place every year….

  13. kansacity88 says: Sep 2, 2014 12:23 PM

    Ruh roh…….

  14. pondbridge says: Sep 4, 2014 5:05 AM

    Instead of a straight-arm, he’ll just shoot the defender before running into the end zone for a touchdown.

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