The Browns were awarded offensive lineman Michael Bowie off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Sunday.
The Seahawks waived/injured Bowie on Saturday. He needs shoulder surgery, and his expected recovery time is four to six months, the Seattle Times reported, citing information from the Seahawks.
General Manager Ray Farmer will likely stash Bowie on injured reserve and give him a shot to make a comeback with the Browns in 2015.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Bowie started eight of the nine regular-season games in which he appeared with the Seahawks last season. He started seven games at right tackle and one at right guard. He also started at left guard in the team’s 23-15 divisional-round win over the New Orleans Saints, but was inactive for the final two games, including the Seahawks' victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Last year, the Seahawks drafted Bowie, 22, in the seventh round out of Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.
Bowie is the second injured offensive lineman the Browns have recently claimed off waivers. On July 22, they were awarded Nick McDonald off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. McDonald, who can play center or guard, reportedly has a broken wrist and isn't expected to be ready to return for another month or so.
The Browns have reached their roster limit of 90 players.