The Browns swiped linebacker D'Juan Hines off the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers and waived defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo to make room for Hines on the active roster.
The moves were announced Saturday by the Browns.
Hines, 6-foot-1 and 235, should give the Browns some depth at linebacker. James Burgess suffered a knee injury in Thursday night's 21-17 win over the New York Jets and could miss some time. Burgess started the past two games while captain Christian Kirksey dealt with an ankle injury. Kirksey indicated he expects to play in the Browns' next game Sept. 30 at the Oakland Raiders by tweeting Friday afternoon, "ya boy back!"
Hines entered the NFL on May 11 when he signed with the Chargers as an undrafted rookie from the University of Houston. The Chargers waived him Sept. 1 and signed him to their practice squad the next day.
Hines compiled 171 tackles, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception in 48 games with Houston.
Hines, a Houston native, was rated as the No. 23 quarterback in the nation by ESPN after his senior year at Dekaney High School.
The Browns claimed Odenigbo off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 2. He was inactive in each of the Browns' first three games.
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