Browns cut Eric Steinbach

Eric Steinbach is out in Cleveland.

The Browns announced that they released Steinbach, who, when healthy, has been the team’s starting left guard since 2007.

“These types of decisions are the difficult part of this job, especially when it involves a player such as Eric Steinbach,” Browns G.M. Tom Heckert said. “Eric exhibited tremendous leadership and passion for the game during his time here. We want to thank him for his contributions.”

Steinbach, who will turn 32 next month, missed the entire 2011 season after back surgery.