Browns place Rashard Higgins on active roster

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01: Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Rashard Higgins (81) during the second quarter of the National Football League game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers on January 1, 2017, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh defeated Cleveland 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
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The Cleveland Browns have activated wide receiver Rashard Higgins off the team’s practice squad prior to Sunday afternoon’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. In order to make room on the team’s active roster, they waived defensive lineman Tyrone Holmes.

Cleveland decided not to add Higgins to their active roster to start the season, waiving him and then re-signing him to the practice squad in early September. During his rookie season last year, he appeared in all 16 games and made six receptions for 77 yards.

Higgins joined the Browns when they selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Colorado State. His sophomore season in 2014 saw him finish the year as a Biletnikoff finalist, pulling down 1,750 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns, earning him consensus All-American honors.

He now joins a Browns wide receiving core that is led by Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt and is set to match up against a stingy Ravens secondary on Sunday, with rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer making his second career start and first on the road.

Holmes was in the same boat as Higgins, getting waived at the start of the season before re-joining the team’s practice squad. Cleveland signed him at the start of last September, going on to appear in 11 games in what was his first NFL action. He finished the year with five tackles and his first career sack.

Cleveland’s defensive line is already playing a man down, as rookie and first overall pick Myles Garrett is sidelined for the second week in a row.

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