Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Browns made 3 roster moves Friday afternoon.
With the receiving corps banged up and down to just 3 healthy bodies, the Browns signed receiver Josh Cooper to the active roster.
“I feel really prepared,” Cooper said following practice Friday. “I’ve been working with offense a little bit and I understand the game plan, so it would be great to go out and play.”
To make room, receiver Jordan Norwood was placed on injured reserve; designated for return. Norwood sustained a foot injury in last week’s 41-27 loss to the NY Giants.
The new IR designation allows Norwood to be eligible to return to practice in 6 weeks and to the active list in 8 weeks.
Cooper was originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 9, 2012 and was waived on Aug. 31. He caught 4 passes for 41 yards during the preseason and spent the first 5 weeks of the regular season on the practice squad.
He will replace Norwood as a slot receiver and get an opportunity to play with his former Oklahoma State teammate, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Cooper hopes that chemistry they developed in college will translate to the NFL.
“He usually knows where I’m going to be, and I know where he’s going to put the ball,” Cooper said. “So, yeah, he depends on me, and I’ll be in the right spot for him. We developed that in college, and he just knows when I’m going to come out of a route and where I’ll be.”
The Browns also announced that the roster exemption for cornerback Joe Haden, who served a 4-game suspension, was lifted Friday as well.
The Browns waived quarterback Thaddeus Lewis Thursday evening to make room for Haden’s return.
Coach Pat Shurmur said following Friday’s practice that he is hopeful they will be able to get Lewis through waivers and back onto the practice squad.