The Cleveland Browns made a relatively below-the-radar move earlier this month, adding offensive lineman Michael Bowie after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks. Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable appeared on 710 ESPN Seattle, suggesting that the Seahawks still believed in Bowie and that the Seahawks expected the Browns to stay away from him, citing an “unwritten rule” that allows teams to hide injured players from their 31 opponents.
“Typically when you waive someone injured, they kind of get through [waivers] and you’re going to get them back, fix them and move on,” said Cable. ” Cleveland chose to take him, and whether you agree with it or not, I guess that’s business. It’s kind of an unwritten rule — you just leave each other’s injured players alone and they didn’t.”
Having 90 players and needing to start making space on their roster, the Seahawks waived Bowie due to a shoulder injury despite the 22-year-old starting several games for the eventual Super Bowl Champions. Bowie will require surgery and could be sidelined from four to six months having sustained an injury on the first day of training camp. Seattle had hoped that the Browns would adhere to said unwritten rule where other teams leave injured players alone, allowing them to rehabilitate and return to their original team, but the Browns thought otherwise, adding a 22-year-old player who was in line to start at right tackle for one of the best teams in football.
The Saints, Cowboys, and Patriots made waivers claims for Bowie, too, but the Browns had superior waiver claim. The Patriots violated said rule two years ago with tight end Jake Ballard, and again only days before Bowie was waived with running back Tyler Gaffney.
Bowie, a former seventh-round pick, should be fit for Cleveland spring practices in 2015. One step closer to The Earthquake.