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Roster cuts announced

August 27, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- The Browns announced the first of two major roster cuts Tuesday as they reached the current limit of 75 players.

The only minor surprise was the release of third-year fullback Owen Marecic, who never lived up to the hype of former general manager Tom Hecket. Heckert touted Marecic's ability to play on both sides of the ball at Stanford. He considered Marecic a prototypical blocking fullback.

Marecic never developed as expected. He seemed lost at times. He has a brutal set on hands and his blocking skills weren't good enough to cover up other mistakes.

The other big news was placing running back Montario Hardesty on injured-reserve with a broken thumb. Hardesty will now have missed two complete seasons in just three years in the NFL.

The move on Hardesty is a positive development for rookie free agent Jamaine Cook of YSU. Cook was waived during OTAs but re-signed last week because of injuries at the position. Other running backs on the roster are Trent Richardson, Brandon Jackson, Chris Ogbonnaya and Miguel Maysonet.

Other players waived included linebacker Kendrick Adams, offensive lineman Dominic Alford, wide receiver Dominique Croom, defensive lineman Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, offensive lineman Ryan Miller and tight end Travis Tannahill. Offensive lineman Chris Faulk was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.

All teams are required to have a maximum of 53 players on their active rosters by 6 p.m. EDT Saturday.

The Browns were awarded linebacker Paul Hazel from Jacksonville and punter Colton Schmidt from San Francisco.


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