August 28, 2002 at 4:44 PM EST - Updated June 30 at 12:30 AM
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns released fullback Chris Floyd and claimed fullback R.J. Bowers Wednesday on waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bowers, 28, played in three games as a rookie in 2001 and scored his first professional touchdown against the Browns on a 21-yard run in the Steelers' final regular season game Jan. 6.
The 6-foot, 245-pounder out of Grove City (Pa.) College gained 67 yards on 11 carries against Cleveland as a replacement for the injured Jerome Bettis and Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala.
Floyd, 27, saw little preseason action since re-signing with Cleveland as a free agent on Aug. 5.
Floyd was New England's third-round pick in 1998 out of Michigan. He played three seasons with the Patriots before being waived and signed by the Browns in 2000. He played two games for Cleveland that year and was in training camp with the Browns and Chicago Bears in 2001 but was released before the season.
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