The Cleveland Browns are making some cuts today to get their roster ready for the 2014 season.
The team let go four veteran players including 12-year veteran, wide receiver Nate Burleson; linebackers Zac Diles and Jamal Westerman; and running back Chris Ogbonnaya.
Nate Burleson missed the first three season games of the preseason with an injured hamstring.
"Nate is a true professional and it was a difficult decision for us." Pettine said. "Ultimately, his availability was a concern with all the time he missed and we liked what we saw in the other players at that position."
They waived 15 additional players to get down to the NFL regular season limit of 53 players. The list includes: defensive backs Josh Aubrey and Leon McFadden, defensive linemen Calvin Barnett, Joacobbi McDaniel and Justin Staples; offensive linemen Reid Fragel, Garrett Gilkey, Donald Hawkins, Alex Parsons and Abasi Salimu; quarterback Connor Shaw; tight end/fullback MarQueis Gray; running back Dion Lewis; tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi; and wide receiver Willie Snead.
Cornerback Isaiah Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury that forced him to miss three of the Browns' four preseason games.
Although the Browns made 21 transactions to reach the 53-man roster limit by Saturday's deadline, that does not necessarily mean they are finished with making moves.
"I think the 53 is always going to be fluid, especially at the start of the season." Pettine said. "Ray and his staff have done an outstanding job of keeping tabs on the league and I'm confident they will continue to make any moves that are necessary to give us the best possible 53."
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