Browns place Dion Lewis on injured reserve, waive Jordan Norwood

Getty Images

The Browns cut four players on Monday morning as they started making their way to 75 players before Tuesday afternoon’s deadline and they continued the process in the afternoon.

Cleveland placed running back Dion Lewis on injured reserve, a move that’s been expected since Lewis fractured his leg in the team’s second preseason game. It was bad timing for Lewis, who was in position to be the No. 2 back with Montario Hardesty beset by several injuries during camp. The Browns acquired Lewis in a trade with the Eagles, for whom he averaged 4.75 yards per carry in limited action over the last two seasons.

Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya are the best bets to see action when Trent Richardson comes out of games as Hardesty is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

The Browns also waived wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who spent the last three seasons with the team. Norwood had 13 catches in two games for the Browns last year, but a foot injury knocked him out for the rest of the season, and 38 overall for the Browns during his time with the team. The acquisition of Davone Bess likely played a big factor in Norwood’s departure from Cleveland as Bess will fill the slot receiver role this season.