The NFL lifted the exemption for Browns strongside linebacker Scott Fujita today, meaning he’s back on the team’s 53-man roster. The Browns did not need to cut anyone because cornerback Joe Haden’s four-game suspension created a spot for Fujita.
The Browns received a roster exemption from the league Friday after Fujita’s three-game suspension for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal was overturned by a three-member appeals panel. Fujita, though, did not play Sunday and remained on the exempt list until today.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Fujita, who’s coming back from an injured left knee, will practice this week.
The NFL announced Haden’s suspension for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances Monday. Haden is no longer on the active roster as a result.
The Browns also signed offensive lineman D.J. Young to the practice squad and released former Ohio State offensive lineman Jeff Shugarts from the practice squad. Young spent the first 16 weeks of the 2011 season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad before being promoted to the active roster for the final game.