December 21, 2014

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Browns cut 17 players, have 10 more to go tonight

BEREA – The Browns began to trim their roster Saturday morning, as NFL teams must get down to the regular-season limit of 53 by 6 o’clock tonight.

The Browns waived 16 players and terminated the contract of receiver Demetrius Williams to get down to 63. Ten more moves are needed by tonight.

Cornerback Coye Francies, a sixth-round draft pick in 2009, would probably qualify as the biggest name cut. Tackles Branndon Braxton and Phil Trautwein, who appeared likely to make the team, were also waived after struggling Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Bears. The Browns might be planning to pick up a tackle after the rest of the league makes cuts.

The other players waived were: defensive linemen Travis Ivey, Ko Quaye and Andre Carroll, receivers Chris Matthews and L.J. Castile, linebackers Steve Octavien, Sidney Tarver and Eric Gordon, tight end Evan Frosch, offensive lineman Calton Ford and defensive backs Carl Gettis, Ramzee Robinson and DeAngelo Smith.

The biggest question still facing general manager Tom Heckert is whether to place third-down running back Brandon Jackson on season-ending injured reserve. His toe is in a cast and he won’t be available for weeks, so Heckert must decide if he wants to spend a roster spot on him.

** Linebacker Chris Gocong (neck stinger) and tight end Benjamin Watson (hip) didn’t practice but rode the stationary bikes. Gocong didn’t play in any of the preseason games.

** Linebacker Titus Brown (high ankle sprain), safety Eric Hagg (knee) and Jackson weren’t on the field.

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