By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Updated at 5:38 p.m.
Paul Kruger, the Browns' $41 million marquee free agent signee, has never been cut from a football team. But he knows what it’s like now after reliving the experience with his younger brother, Dave.
Dave Kruger was among five roster cuts made by the Browns on Monday. The others were receiver Jordan Norwood, safety Vernon Kearney, receiver Cordell Roberson and linebacker Tommy Smith.
They also formally placed running back Dion Lewis on season-ending injured reserve. Lewis broke his left fibula in the Detroit game on Aug. 15 and had surgery.
These moves brought the Browns’ roster to 82. They need to be at 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Dave Kruger, an undrafted free agent from Utah, was competing at left end on the defensive line -- the most loaded position group on the roster.
“It’s tough. It’s a competitive league,” said Paul Kruger. “Especially on this team. We’ve got a bunch of animals in there.
“It’s hard to see somebody put a lot of effort and time and dedication into something then not have it work out. I think he learned a lot of valuable lessons. I think it’s gonna be a building experience for him.”
The Browns practice squad is always a possibility for Dave Kruger, but Paul doesn’t know what the future lies for his younger brother by four years.
Yet another Kruger, Joe, who is two years younger than Dave and six years younger than Paul, is still in the running for a defensive line spot with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is running third team at left end in the Eagles’ 3-4 scheme.
Norwood, whose contract technically was "terminated," had trouble staying on the practice field in each of the three Browns training camps he attended. His departure improves the odds of Josh Cooper making the final roster. Cooper has had a good two weeks of practice. He had two catches in the Indianapolis game and has six for the preseason.
Practice stuff: Linebacker Jabaal Sheard, receiver Davone Bess and tight end Gary Barnidge returned to practice Monday after missing the Colts game ... Not yet ready to practice were cornerback Chris Owens (foot), defensive end Desmond Bryant (back), safety Jamoris Slaughter (groin) and kicker Brandon Bogotay (groin). Tight end Jordan Cameron (groin) also did not practice ... Linebacker Barkevious Mingo (lung) watched from the side.
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