Browns Trim Roster to 76 Players

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Browns cut nine players Monday, including undrafted rookie kicker Jesse Ainsworth, who was unable to unseat veteran Phil Dawson.

Other cuts included defensive back Therrian Fontenot, defensive end Orien Harris, tight end Buck Ortega and wide receivers Mike Mason and Kendrick Mosley. Fontenot played one game for Cleveland last season and Harris appeared in two games.

The Browns also waived injured fullback J.R. Niklos, defensive back Justin Sandy and wide receiver Efrem Hill.

Hill caught quarterback Brady Quinn's first TD pass against Detroit on August 18th.

Cleveland's roster stands at 76 players and must be trimmed to 75 by Tuesday afternoon. The Browns must reduce their roster to 53 players on Saturday for the regular season.