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LB Costanzo placed on IR; team inks LB Eric Alexander

The Browns today placed linebacker Blake Costanzo on injured reserve and signed linebacker Eric Alexander, the team announced. In addition, the club waived offensive lineman Jeff Hansen and running back Martell Mallett from the practice squad and signed offensive lineman John Malecki and running back Quinn Porter to the practice squad.

Originally signed by New England as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2004, Alexander has appeared in 49 games during his six-year NFL career, registering 42 tackles on special teams, eight tackles on defense and one forced fumble. He was waived by the Patriots on September 4, 2010 and signed by Jacksonville on September 27, where he saw action in four contests, posting two tackles on special teams. He was waived by the Jaguars on November 2. A four-year letterman at Louisiana State University (2000-03), Alexander started 14 of the 39 games in which he appeared, recording 77 tackles, five sacks, five passes defensed, two fumbles recoveries and one forced fumble. Born on February 8, 1982, the 6-2, 240-pound Alexander is a native of Tyler, Texas and attended Stephen F. Austin High School in Port Arthur, Texas.

Originally signed by Tennessee as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2010, Malecki was waived by the Titans on August 10 and signed by the Browns on August 13. He was waived by Cleveland on August 31 and signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad on October 26. He was waived from the Buccaneers practice squad on November 17. A four-year letterman at the University of Pittsburgh (2006-09), he appeared in 40 games with 27 starts, including his final 26 consecutive. Malecki played defensive tackle for his first two seasons before switching to the offensive line. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Big East honors and was named to the Big East All-Academic team after starting all 13 games at right guard. Born on May 26, 1988, the 6-2, 304-pound Malecki is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.) High School.

Originally signed by Green Bay as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2010, Porter was waived by the Packers on September 6 and signed to the Washington Redskins’ practice squad on October 7. He was waived from the Redskins practice squad on October 26. A four-year letterman at Stillman College (2006-09) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Porter saw action in 37 contests, rushing for 2,788 yards on 511 carries with 24 touchdowns. He also recorded 68 receptions for 887 yards with 12 touchdowns en route to earning a first-team All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection and All-America honorable mention honors from D2Football.com. Born on February 2, 1986, the 6-0, 205-pound Porter is a native of Quartz Hill, Calif., where he attended Quartz Hill High School.

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