CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns’ gamble paid off.
After waiving quarterback Thaddeus Lewis Thursday, the team announced that they were able to sign him to the practice squad Saturday.
Lewis was waived to make room for the return of Joe Haden. The roster exemption from Haden’s 4-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing substance policy expired Friday.
Coach Pat Shurmur and the Browns were not confident on Aug. 31 that they could get Lewis through waivers and on to the practice squad so he made the final 53-man roster.
Shurmur said Friday that he hoped they would get Lewis back but understood the risks of putting him on waivers.
He was inactive in all 5 games this season. He completed 9-of-17 passes for 146 yards with one interception in the preseason.
The Browns originally claimed Lewis off waivers from the St. Louis Rams last September. Shurmur worked with Lewis while offensive coordinator for the Rams during the 2010 season.
Lewis was inactive for 13 games in 2011. He was active for 3 others but did not take a snap.