July 24, 2014

NFL News: Josh Cooper will, in fact, be added to Browns roster

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.

[Related: What should the Browns do with receiver injury situation?]

  • BenRM

    Superbowl? More like COOPERBOWL!!!! OMGGGG

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Would much rather see Hardesty go than Lewis. My guess is that Tank Carder gets cut… we have plenty of coverage there as several guys can play multiple LB positions. And frankly, jumping offside on a punt attempt giving the other team a first down is enough reason for me to want the guy gone. It’s the most f’ing important thing you can do on punt coverage if you’re rushing the punter… stay onside. It’s job #1. Inexcusable.

  • Harv 21

    It’s Morning in Berea.

  • mgbode

    man, that just sucks. Norwood finally got a chance and came through pretty well. going on the “IR-but return in 8 week” slot is just brutal.

    well, next man up is Cooper. hopefully, he can provide the same.

  • Canton

    I love it, Mo starts to emerge HURT…Benjamin is making some decent progress HURT, Norwood looks reliable HURT…Coopers probably hoping he has a bad game…Welcome to Cleveland…smh

  • Pat Shurmur

    He’s a battler that’s made a lot of progress over the past week. We need him to battle this Sunday.

  • LaundroMat

    So, is Cribbs 3rd string QB?