Matt McCants: Cleveland Browns cut OL

By Alex Butler  |  Oct. 11, 2017 at 9:20 AM
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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Cleveland Browns have released offensive lineman Matt McCants.

Cleveland announced the move on Tuesday. McCants, 28, joined the Browns this offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth round pick by the New York Giants in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The 6 foot 5, 308 pound tackle was released with an injury designation. He was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 23. McCants suffered an ankle injury on Aug. 21 during the Browns' preseason game against the New York Giants. He has suited up for the Giants, Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears, while appearing in 30 games, during his six-year NFL tenure. McCants also has three career starts.

The Raiders waived McCants in November.

Cleveland also signed tight end Matt Lengel to the practice squad this week and released tight end J.P. Holtz from the practice squad.

Browns coach Hue Jackson released a statement Wednesday to address the team's situation at quarterback. Jackson said that Kevin Hogan will get the starting nod for the second consecutive game.

"I've made the decision to start Kevin this week," Jackson said. "We've liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he's been in there and he will ‪start on Sunday because that's what we feel is best for our team at this point in time. This does not change the way we feel about DeShone going forward. He has worked extremely hard and still very much has a bright future. Right now, it's better for him and his development to back up Kevin."

The 0-5 Browns face the Houston Texans at 1 p.m. Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

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