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Browns address receiver, linebacker issues by promoting WR Da’Mari Scott, LB Xavier Woodson-Luster from practice squad

The Browns addressed their shortages at receiver and linebacker Tuesday.

The moves didn’t make a splash.

Receiver Da’Mari Scott (6-foot, 205 pounds) was signed from the practice squad, giving the Browns three rookies at the position. He was undrafted out of Fresno State, was with the team throughout the preseason and spent the first six weeks on the practice squad.

He doesn’t have the resume of Dez Bryant or Rishard Matthews, veterans in whom the Browns have shown interest. But Scott is familiar with the playbook, has been practicing with the team for months and impressed the personnel department in training camp.

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At linebacker the Browns worked out four-time All-Pro and former 49er NaVorro Bowman, 30, but elevated Xavier Woodson-Luster from the practice squad.

General manager John Dorsey has spent the past week scrambling to fill holes at receiver.

Rashard Higgins sprained a knee against the Ravens on Oct. 7 and is expected to miss at least one more game. Derrick Willies broke his collarbone Friday in practice and was placed on injured reserve. Rod Streater fractured his neck Sunday against the Chargers and joined Willies on IR on Tuesday.

Dorsey signed former Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman on Saturday and promoted Scott. They join Jarvis Landry and rookies Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley as the healthy wideouts.

The performance of Callaway has been particularly inconsistent since he replaced the traded Josh Gordon in the starting lineup for Week 2. He’s caught 15 passes on 38 targets for 186 yards and a touchdown.

“We understand we are playing with some young guys,” coach Hue Jackson said last week. “They have to continue to grow.”

Linebacker was added to Dorsey’s to-do list Sunday when starting middle linebacker Joe Schobert and backup James Burgess injured hamstrings in the 38-14 loss to the Chargers. Schobert will miss multiple games, and Burgess was waived/injured Tuesday to clear a spot on the 53-man roster

Woodson-Luster (6-1, 220) was undrafted out of Arkansas State in 2017. He played 14 games last year with the Raiders, with seven tackles on defense and four on special teams. He was signed to the practice squad last week.

Burgess missed two games with a knee injury and had seven tackles in three games. He started nine of 14 games last year with 75 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.

The Browns filled the spots on the practice squad with offensive lineman Jake Eldrenkamp (6-5, 305) and receiver Blake Jackson (5-10, 200), a former quarterback who was in training camp with the Browns.

 

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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