Monday night the Browns announced that they had been awarded a pair of offensive linemen from Philadelphia via waivers. Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins are undrafted rookies and have been playing guard in Eagles camp.
Barton is a 6-3, 313-pound rookie out of Morgan State. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia on May 10, Barton played as a reserve in all three of the Eagles’ preseason games. After transferring from Canyons Junior College, Barton started nine of 11 games at right tackle for Morgan State. Originally from Jamaica, Barton graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Los Angeles.
Hawkins is 6-4, 310-pound rookie out of Texas. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia on May 10, Hawkins played as a reserve in all three of the Eagles’ preseason games. After transferring from Northwest Community College, Hawkins started 24 of his 25 games at Texas. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Hawkins graduated from Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Miss.
The team also announced on Tuesday that they have placed OL Michael Bowie and LB Darius Eubanks on injured reserve. Both players have had surgery this month to repair injured shoulders. Bowie is the offensive lineman they picked off of waivers from Seattle, supposedly breaking an “unwritten rule”.
The moves leave the Browns with 76 on the roster. There will be at least one more roster move today as all teams must be at 75 players by Tuesday night.