Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns reached the NFL's 53-man roster limit on Saturday by making a series of moves, including terminating the contracts of four veteran players.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson, a 12-year NFL vet who struggled with a nagging hamstring strain throughout camp, linebackers Zac Diles and Jamal Westerman, and running back Chris Ogbonnaya were among the familiar names released by Cleveland.
"Nate is a true professional and it was a difficult decision for us." Browns first-year head coach Mike 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."
The Browns also waived 15 players: defensive backs Josh Aubrey and Leon McFadden, defensive linemen Calvin Barnett, Jacobbi 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.
Meanwhile cornerback Isaiah Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a knee problem that forced him to miss three of the Browns' four preseason games.