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Browns elevate cornerback A.J. Green from practice squad

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 16:47:23-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns elevated cornerback A.J. Green from the team’s practice squad, signing him to the active roster on Saturday.

Green, who has spent the first two weeks of the season on the Browns practice squad, was signed as an undrafted free agent from Oklahoma State.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski said cornerback Denzel Ward, who is Cleveland’s best cover defender, is “truly questionable” with a groin injury and it likely will be a game-time decision on whether he plays. With Ward listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, Green might be the next man up.

During training camp, Green impressed, playing well and instilling confidence that he would be able to provide solid backup in a secondary riddled with injuries.

“Someone who I would say definitely caught my eye with more reps from guys being injured is A.J. Green. I feel like he has been having a great camp and making plays when he has been in there, making plays on ones or whoever he has been out there with. He is definitely a guy I feel has stepped up,” Ward said when asked during camp who had stood out to him.

Stefanski also had high praise for Green during training camp.

“He has done a nice job. He has good size. He is taking to the techniques that Coach [Joe] Woods and Coach [Jeff] Howard and Coach [Brandon] Lynch are teaching him. He has been very eager to learn. I have been pleased with what he has been doing,” Stefanski said.

With Ward questionable and Greedy Williams ruled out, the Browns could use a spark from Green if he takes the field Sunday. He would join Kevin Johnson who is likely to make his return Sunday after recovering from a liver laceration sustained during training camp.

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