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Browns acquire lineman

August 19, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Help is on the way to help the Browns at guard.

With Jason Pinkston and Shaun Lauvao out with injuries, the Browns acquired John Moffitt from the Seattle Seahawks Monday in exchange for defensive lineman Brian Sanford. Moffit will compete for the starting spot that had been in Lauvao's hands until he suffered a high ankle sprain during practice. Pinkston started the first two preseason games at right guard, but he suffered a high ankle sprain last Thursday against the Detroit Lions.

The injuries to Lauvao and Pinkston tore into the depth chart. When Pinkston went down, the first man off the bench was rookie Garrett Gilkey, a seventh-round draft choice.

The coaching staff likes what it's seen of Gilkey, who brings more athleticism to the position than John Greco, Pinkston and Lauvao. Gilkey had a lengthy test last week. He played well against talented defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Still, there had to be concern about possibly going into the regular season with Gilkey as a starter. He needs more seasoning before being ready to have a more active role.

Enter Moffit, a third-round pick of the Seahawks out of Wisconsin in 2011. The 6-4, 319-pound lineman started the first nine games of his rookie season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He started six games last season.

“We continue to look each day of the year for any opportunity to improve our roster,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said. “We’re committed to building a team that can consistently compete in this league.”

“John’s a tough and versatile lineman who will be in the mix for us up front,” coach Rob Chudzinski said.


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