BEREA, Ohio--The Browns made official what had already been reported, but dropped two defensive players to make the moves, including one veteran.
The Browns signed OL Austin Reiter off Washington’s practice squad and QB Charlie Whitehurst. To make room on the roster, the team terminated the contract of DL John Hughes III and waived LB Scooby Wright III.
QB Josh McCown (left shoulder) and OL Cameron Erving (pulmonary contusion) were injured last week against Baltimore and are expected to miss time.
Reiter (6-2, 300) is officially in his first NFL season out of South Florida. Originally selected by Washington in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, Reiter spent his rookie season and the first two weeks this year on the Redskins’ practice squad.
Whitehurst (6-4, 226) is in his 11th NFL season out of Clemson. Originally selected by San Diego in the third round of the 2006 draft, Whitehurst has appeared in 24 career games with nine starts. He has completed 205 of 372 passes for 2,281 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season, he appeared as a reserve in four games with Indianapolis. He has also appeared in games for San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee.
Hughes was selected by the Browns in the third round of the 2012 draft. He appeared in 53 games with 10 starts. He logged 65 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He started the season opener and then was inactive last week against the Ravens.
Wright was selected by the Browns in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. He was inactive for the first two games. The Browns are believed to be hoping to re-sign him to the practice squad, if he clears waivers.