The Browns have terminated the contract of wide receiver Jordan Norwood, the team confirmed today after a league source told the Beacon Journal that Norwood had been released.
Norwood, who spent the past three seasons with the Browns, had a strong start to training camp this summer, but a nagging hamstring injury sidelined him for several practices and two preseason games. Norwood, 26, returned to practice Thursday but sat out Saturday during the third exhibition game against the Indianapolis Colts. He played in the preseason opener Aug. 8, catching one pass for 9 yards.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Norwood compiled 13 catches for 137 yards in two games last season. He suffered a foot injury Oct. 7 against the New York Giants that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
In 2011, Norwood started four of the 14 games in which he appeared for the Browns. He tallied 23 catches for 268 yards and one touchdown.
Former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert brought Norwood to Cleveland in 2010 as a practice-squad player. He was on the active roster for five games but did not play that season. Norwood spent the 2009 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, appearing in one game.
All NFL teams are required to trim their rosters to a maximum of 75 players before 4 p.m. Tuesday and a maximum of 53 players before 6 p.m. Saturday. With Norwood's departure, the Browns have 83 players.
With Norwood gone, wide receiver Josh Cooper's chances of surviving roster cuts have seemingly increased. Cooper had two catches for 16 yards Saturday against the Colts.