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Browns make quick kicking change

Austin Seibert’s leash wasn’t long.

Two misses, to be exact.

The Browns made a kicking change Monday, less than 24 hours after a 38-6 opening loss to the Ravens.

Cody Parkey was elevated from the practice squad, and Seibert was waived after he missed an extra point and a 41-yard field goal Sunday in Baltimore.

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The Browns play again Thursday night against the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“I expect him to make those kicks,” first-time coach Kevin Stefanski said after the game. “I hold him to the same standard that we hold every other player on this team. He has to make those kicks.”

Seibert was a fifth-round pick of former general manager John Dorsey in 2019. He went 25-for-29 on field goals and 30-for-35 on extra points as a rookie.

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Parkey was signed to the practice squad Sept. 6, and coordinator Mike Priefer said he was insurance in case Seibert tested positive for COVID-19 before a game. But the Browns must have had their doubts about Seibert to cut him so quickly.

Parkey debuted in 2014 with the Eagles and joined the Browns in 2016, going 20-for-25 on field goals. He lost the job the next preseason to Zane Gonzalez, a rookie picked in the seventh round.

Gonzalez struggled as a rookie then was cut after two games of his second year, when he missed two field goals and two extra points in a 21-18 loss to the Saints. He’s in his third year with the Cardinals.

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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