If the Browns violated any unwritten rules by claiming Seahawks right tackle Michael Bowie on waivers as the team tried to slip him through to injured reserve, the Browns weren’t alone.
Per a league source, the Saints, Patriots, and Cowboys also made waivers claims for Bowie.
The Patriots are no surprise; they claimed Panthers sixth-round rookie running back Tyler Gaffney a week ago as Carolina tried to slide Gaffney, who suffered a knee injury, through to IR. New England will now carry Gaffney on the 90-man roster until the first cuts to 75, at which time he can be sent to injured reserve without exposing him to waivers.
Curtis Crabtree of KJR and the PFT weeknight graveyard shift points out that Bowie is expected to miss four-to-six months with a shoulder injury. Which means that the Browns most likely will put Bowie on injured reserve, eventually.