Cleveland Browns Release Three More: Moving Closer to the 53 Man Roster Cuts

Samuel IngroAnalyst IAugust 31, 2009

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 29:   Justin Gage #12 of the Tennessee Titans catches a touchdown in front of Rod Hood #40 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

In a surprise move, Rod Hood has been cut today by the Cleveland Browns.

Hood was highly regarded by many fans upon his arrival from the Arizona Cardinals.

He also has a reputation as a solid defender, but gave up a handful of bigger plays in the preseason along with some costly penalties.

While many still think he had the potential, apparently the Browns coaching staff has seen enough to know that he isn't what they're looking for.

He was favored to take over the starting role from Brandon McDonald early in the preseason, but that sentiment must not have been shared by Head Coach Eric Mangini.

Cornerbacks still in the running for roster spots are Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, Coye Francies, Hank Poteat, and Corey Ivy.

Another casualty today was linebacker Robert McCune.

McCune had a handful of good plays this preseason, but his number seemed to be on the wrong end of too many penalties, especially in Saturday's contest against the Tennessee Titans.

With so many linebackers on the roster, this move wasn't too surprising.

Lastly, Nate Jackson, a free agent from Denver last season at tight end, also missed the cut.

He would have been the fifth TE on the depth chart and no team will carry more than three this season. Expect Steve Heiden, Robert Royal, Martin Rucker, or Aaron Walker to also be cut when the 53 man-roster is set around the first week of September.