The Cleveland Browns have promoted defensive back Julian Posey to the active roster from the practice squad and placed cornerback Chris Owens on injured reserve after he fell victim to a knee injury in Sunday’s debacle against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Posey, a 5-10, 190-pound defensive back, is a first-year NFL player out of Ohio University who made his Cleveland debut Oct. 20 at Green Bay. He has spent most of the regular season the Browns’ practice squad after spending training camp with the Dolphins. In 2012, Posey appeared in two games with Miami and spent 11 weeks on the Dolphins’ practice squad. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, Posey spent 15 weeks on the New York Jets’ practice squad in 2011.
Posey is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated from La Salle High School. His younger brother, DeVier out of Ohio State, is a wide receiver for the Houston Texans.
Owens appeared in 12 games with three starts and totaled 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He added seven special-teams tackles.
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