Browns head coach Eric Mangini said Saturday the team had a player in mind to fill Shaun Smith's roster spot, and indeed that was the case.
The club announced Sunday that it had signed offensive lineman Fred Weary. But it will obviously not be Smith that Weary will be replacing. Instead, it will be guard Rex Hadnot, who suffered what looked to be a serious knee injury last Thursday. The Browns have not given an update on Hadnot's condition, but with the signing of Weary, it can't be good.
A third-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, taken at No. 66 overall, the 6-foot-4, 307-pound Weary played the last seven seasons with that team, starting 43 of the 63 games in which he played. All of that action was spent at right guard, where Hadnot played last year.
Weary played four years at Tennessee, being an All-American and an All-Southeastern as a senior. He's a native of Montgomery, Ala.