By Nate Ulrich
Beacon Journal sports writer
The Browns promoted wide receiver Tori Gurley from the practice squad to the active roster and waived undrafted rookie running back Dennis Johnson on the eve of their regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gurley, a two-year letterman at the University of South Carolina, spent training camp with the Browns this summer before being waived and then added to the practice squad on Sept. 2. He spent time on the practice squads of four teams last year after spending the entire 2011 season on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers.
The Browns now have five receivers on the active roster heading into their opener today against the Dolphins: Gurley, Greg Little, Davone Bess, Travis Benjamin and Josh Cooper. Josh Gordon, the team’s No. 1 receiver, is suspended for the first two regular-season games because he violated the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
The addition of Gurley will give the Browns the depth and insurance they might want in the event they choose to use Benjamin as a kickoff returner today. Benjamin is the team’s primary punt returner, but he said he thinks he’ll also probably return some kickoffs against the Dolphins. Free safety Johnson Bademosi and running back Bobby Rainey are other candidates to return kickoffs.
The Browns claimed Johnson off waivers from the Houston Texans on Sunday and listed him third on their depth chart at running back and kickoff returner.
The Browns have Rainey listed second on the depth chart behind starting running back Trent Richardson, and Chris Ogbonnaya is expected to have a dual role as a fullback and tailback.
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