The Browns today claimed RB/KR claimed Fozzy Whittaker off waivers from San Diego. In addition, the team waived wide receiver Josh Cooper and running back Montario Hardesty, who was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 27.
Whittaker is a 5-10, 202-pound running back in his first NFL season out of Texas. He spent the final two weeks of the 2012 season on Arizona’s practice squad before being acquired by the Chargers via waivers on March 12, 2013. Whittaker appeared in three games this season and returned six kickoffs for 156 yards (26.0 avg.) with a long of 42 yards.
The release of Hardesty is not a surprise, but Cooper’s release was. The Browns had been juggling WR Tori Gurley all season between the regular roster and the practice squad. Cooper could still be signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
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