Berea, OH (WOIO) - Tough decisions are coming for the Browns, as they cut down to 75 on Tuesday, and 53 by Saturday night, but really, how many surprises will there be? Most of the jobs have been secured, although injuries have bought a couple of guys some time, so let's break down three key positions:
Jordan Norwood was released on Monday, which would seem to lock up a roster spot for Josh Cooper. The bigger question is, will David Nelson survive the cuts? The former Bills' receiver missed almost all of 2012 with a torn ACL, and has been slowed by a bone bruise in his leg throughout this camp.
Dion Lewis' broken leg has thrown a wrench into this decision. Montario Hardesty, who's recovering from a knee scope, was in a battle to save his career, but with Lewis out for most of the season, may make it to a fourth season with the Browns. Brad Smelley, who seems to be lost in the fullback shuffle in only his second year with the team, appears to be a longshot.
So many big bodies, so few positions. The Browns are going to rotate these players, so for Taylor, Rubin, Hughes and Winn, there will be plenty of reps. But can Ishmaa'ly Kitchen and Brian Sanford survive? And what about Armonty Bryant, the 7th-round pick out of East Central Oklahoma who's made more news off the field than on it? He could end up on the practice squad.
As for former starters, there's James-Michael Johnson, a fourth-round pick in 2012 who is buried on the depth chart. He's on the bubble, and he's not alone. Tough decisions are coming, and will made by the end of the week.
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