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Browns Ink LB Cam Johnson Off Cardinals Practice Squad; Place LB Orchard on IR

The Browns have signed LB Cam Johnson to their active roster from Arizona’s practice squad. To make room on the roster, the team placed LB Nate Orchard (ankle) on injured reserve.

In addition, LB Corey Lemonier has been added to the injury report as doubtful for personal reasons.

Johnson is 6-4, 268 pounds and in his third NFL season out of Virginia. Last season, he appeared in one game for the Browns and spent 13 weeks on the club’s practice squad.

Originally selected by San Francisco in the seventh round in 2012, Johnson has appeared in 16 career games with the 49ers (two in 2012), Colts (13 from 2013-14) and Browns (one in 2015). He spent training camp with the Browns this year and was waived during final roster cuts. A native of Washington, D.C., Johnson graduated from Gonzaga College High School. He will wear No. 57.

Orchard, a second round pick in 2015, injured his ankle last week at Miami. He registered four tackles in three games this season.

Under the new injured reserve rules for the 2016 season, each team can designate one player to return. Designation does not need to be made until that player is able to return to practice. A player placed on injured reserve is eligible to return to practice in six weeks and must miss a minimum of eight games.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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