The Browns today placed defensive lineman Marcus Benard on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and signed defensive lineman Auston English to the active roster from the team’s practice squad. In addition, the club signed defensive lineman Kiante Tripp to the practice squad.
Benard appeared as a reserve in the first four games this season, totaling four tackles and half a sack.
English registered an NFL-leading four sacks during the 2011 preseason and spent the first five weeks of the regular season on the club’s practice squad. Originally signed by Cleveland as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2010, English was waived by the Browns on June 17 and spent the 2010 season with the Hartford Colonials of the UFL, before re-joining the Browns on January 19, 2011. A four-year letterman at the University of Oklahoma (2005, 2007-09), he totaled 92 career tackles and 18 sacks, while starting 28 of the 33 games in which he appeared. A native of Canadian, Texas, the 6-3, 250-pound English attended Canadian High School. He will wear No. 94.
Tripp spent training camp this season with the Atlanta Falcons after signing as an undrafted free agent on July 27. He appeared in two preseason contests and recorded four tackles, before being waived on September 2. A four-year letterman at the University of Georgia (2007-10), he appeared in 36 games as a defensive lineman, offensive lineman and tight end. A native of Atlanta, Ga., the 6-6, 276-pound Tripp attended Westlake (Ga.) High School.
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