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Another Browns Defensive Lineman Out For Season

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Browns' depleted defensive line lost another player on Tues day.

It was confirmed that defensive tackle Orpheus Roye sustained a sprained left knee in Sunday's loss at New England, and will be out for the rest of the season.

Roye had started in 10 games for the Browns, who earlier this season lost defensive end Keith McKenzie to a season-ending injury.

The team also has been without Courtney Brown for much of the year.

The club said that Roye sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee, an injury that normally takes eight to 10 weeks to heal.

Also on Tuesday, the Browns waived safety Scott Frost and claimed former Green Bay safety Chris Akins off waivers.

Akins lost his starting safety spot three weeks ago when he committed a costly personal foul that led to Atlanta's winning touchdown, then got into a shouting match with Packers coach Mike Sherman on the sideline. Sherman considered cutting him, but

instead fined him a game's pay -- $21,611 -- after Akins apologized and several teammates lobbied on his behalf.

But Akins committed two penalties on returns last week at Jacksonville. Sherman yelled at him on the sideline after the first infraction, in which Akins ran into the returner before the ball arrived.

He was cut soon after when he complained about his relationship with Sherman and asked to be released when the season ended.

Cleveland plays in Green Bay on Dec. 23.

Akins had 12 tackles and seven special teams tackles in 11 games this season for the Packers. He has appeared in 30 games with Dallas and Green Bay in his three-year NFL career.

Frost played in 12 games for the Browns this season, making two tackles and 16 special teams tackles.

A former Nebraska quarterback, Frost ran the option on a fourth-down play and pitched to running back Ben Gay for a first down in Cleveland's 31-15 loss to Tennessee on Dec. 2.

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