Browns name rookie Desmond Harrison as starting left tackle in season opener

CLEVELAND - The Browns have named rookie Desmond Harrison as their starting left tackle for the season opener on Sunday, according to the Browns.

Coach Hue Jackson made the announcement on Friday as the team has finalized their offensive lineup ahead of taking on the Steelers on Sunday. 

Drafted as a free agent out of West Georgia, Harrison becomes the heir to Joe Thomas—the fan favorite Pro Bowler who retired earlier this year.

He appeared in three preseason games and started in the last one against the Detroit Lions.

Jackson said Harrison has earned a starting job for his work both on and off the field. 

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