Offensive lineman Ryan Tucker has been released, WKNR radio reported Monday afternoon.
On Monday morning, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reported that the 12-year veteran underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday.
Browns coach Eric Mangini didn't confirm the procedure, but did say Tucker would not be at practice and would not play in Thursday's preseason finale at Chicago.
Tucker's surgery left the Browns with a predicament for Saturday's final 53-man roster cut that they apparently solved with his release. If Rex Hadnot (who reportedly suffered a torn MCL on Aug. 6) is not ready to start the season, they would not have wanted to carry two linemen who were unable to play in the Sept. 13 opener against Minnesota.
The team must reduce its roster to 75 on Tuesday. Earlier Monday, the Browns released defensive back Rod Hood, linebacker Robert McCune and tight end Nate Jackson and resigned offensive lineman Branndon Braxton. Braxton is a product of Youngstown Ursuline High School. Hood, a six-year veteran who spent last season with the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals, played poorly Saturday night against Tennessee.
Mangini offered no new information on the quarterback competition Monday, saying the evaluation process was continuing. He said he's consulted with other coaches, including Tennessee' Jeff Fisher, on how they handle playing time in the final preseason game. Mangini may be debating giving Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson more snaps than is normal in Game 4 (when most teams play their starters only a series or two). But he must weigh how much he can glean from seeing them against the Bears' second- and third-teamers.
Returning to practice were running back Jerome Harrison and free safety Brodney Pool. Both participated in team drills, Pool stepping back in with the first team.
Receiver David Patten, slowly working back in after an injury Aug. 9 in the scrimmage at the stadium, caught a bomb from Brett Ratliff for a touchdown and Ratliff ran downfield to congratulate him.
Practice concluded with the two-minute drill and both Anderson and Quinn produced touchdowns. On fourth and 4 from the 37, Anderson scrambled for several seconds before Braylon Edwards got open down the left sideline for a score. Quinn drove his unit to first and goal at the 4, then found Noah Herron for the TD. Rookie Brian Robiskie made a leaping catch on the right sideline to set up Quinn's score.