Though the cat may have peaked its head out of the bag a day earlier, wide receiver Josh Cooper will reportedly be added to the Cleveland Browns roster for their Sunday afternoon tilt against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cooper will join his friend and college quarterback Brandon Weeden as the team tries to record their first win of the 2012 NFL season. With injuries sustained by Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), Travis Benjamin (hamstring) and Jordan Norwood (foot), the Browns were down to Greg Little, Josh Gordon and Josh Cribbs as receiving options. Cooper will be able to step in to the spot vacated by Norwood, providing relief as a slot receiver who was on the end of several targets a year ago when he and Weeden were at Oklahoma State.
In his final two seasons with the Cowboys, Cooper caught 68 and 71 passes, respectively, averaging over 10 yards per reception, and found the end zone eight times.
The team parted ways with quarterback Thad Lewis late on Thursday to activate cornerback Joe Haden (suspension). To make room for Cooper, the team placed Norwood on Injured Reserve, designated for return.