The Browns signed running back Edwin Baker off the Houston Texans’ practice squad and waived quarterback Caleb Hanie, the team announced Tuesday.
The moves indicate that the Browns probably expect running back Willis McGahee to miss time with the concussion he suffered Sunday in a 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots and backup quarterback Brandon Weeden to return this week from a concussion he suffered Dec. 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Browns (4-9) will host the Chicago Bears (7-6) on Sunday. It’ll be their final home game this season.
With Weeden sidelined this past weekend, Hanie served as starting quarterback Jason Campbell’s primary backup. The Brown signed Hanie, a sixth-year veteran, off the street a week ago. They also have quarterback Alex Tanney, whom they swiped off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad Nov. 26.
The San Diego Chargers drafted the 5-foot-8, 210-pound Baker in the seventh round (250th overall) in 2012. He spent the first 15 weeks of his rookie season on the Chargers’ practice squad before being inactive the final two games. A former Michigan State University standout, Baker spent the first 11 weeks this season on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad and the past three on the Texans’ practice squad.
The Browns also announced that they re-signed linebacker Justin Staples to the practice squad and released linebacker Jonathan Stewart from the practice squad.