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Browns place OL Donald Stephenson on retired list

Donald Stephenson’s career is over.

His tenure with the Browns never began.

The Browns placed Stephenson, a veteran offensive lineman, on the reserve/retired list Friday. The move ended a brief but tumultuous stint with the organization.

Stephenson, 29, signed March 15 as a free agent. He didn’t attend the offseason program or mandatory minicamp, then was suspended by the NFL on June 15 for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s policy for substances of abuse

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The Browns won’t pay Stephenson any of the one-year, $2.5 million contract that was supposed to include $1 million guaranteed in a signing bonus.

He was supposed to add veteran depth to the line and was considered an option at left tackle following the retirement of 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas. Shon Coleman, rookie Austin Corbett and recent free agent signee Greg Robinson are the remaining options.

Stephenson was a third-round pick of the Chiefs in 2012. He played 80 games with the Chiefs and Broncos, starting 37.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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