Kevin Zeitler made quite an impression in his first year with the Browns.
The right guard was selected the Ed Block Courage Award recipient through a vote by his teammates.
The award is given annually to a member of each NFL team who embodies courage, compassion, commitment and community. Ed Block is the former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts.
“Kevin is an exceptional leader on our team through the example he provides his teammates of consistently doing things the right way with his consummate professionalism, steady demeanor and dedication to his craft,” coach Hue Jackson said in the release Tuesday announcing the news. “Kevin will and has done everything in his power to be on the field battling alongside his teammates, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber represent the Browns both on and off the field.”
Zeiter signed a five-year, $60 million contract, including $31.5 million, on the first day of free agency in March, becoming the league’s highest-paid guard. He immediately stepped in at right guard and hasn’t left the spot.
He’s started all 12 games and played every offensive snap, despite having thumb surgery following the opener and receiving treatment through Week 6.
He spent the first five years of his career with the Bengals, starting 71 of 72 games. He was the No. 27 pick in 2012.
Zeitler, 27, has been active in the organization’s charity efforts across Northeast Ohio, particularly the commitment to education, youth football and volunteering.
He was scheduled to receive the award Tuesday night at the Providence House Annual Deck the House Benefit Auction at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Providence House fights to end child abuse and neglect by protecting at-risk children, empowering families in crisis and building safe communities for every child.
Former Browns cornerback Joe Haden was the Ed Block winner last year.
Free safety Justin Currie was signed to the practice squad. Receiver Rannell Hall was released from the practice squad.
Currie (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) has appeared in one game with the Browns this year, his first NFL action. He could be needed on the active roster if rookie free safety Jabrill Peppers is unable to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers after sustaining a knee injury in the loss to the Chargers.