Browns release DE Chris Smith, sign DT Justin Zimmer

Smith was inactive Sunday in Pittsburgh

Daryl Ruiter
December 03, 2019 - 9:55 am
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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns released defensive end Chris Smith Tuesday and signed defensive tackle Justin Zimmer off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.

Smith was inactive for Sunday’s 20-13 loss at Pittsburgh and the decision to release him was football related a source told 92.3 The Fan.

In September, Smith tragically lost his girlfriend in a car accident, just four weeks after the birth of their daughter.

Smith appeared in nine games for the Browns this season where he totaled one tackle, an assisted tackle, quarterback hit and pass defensed.

Zimmer was originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and has been with the Falcons since 2018. A second-year player out of Ferris State, Zimmer was a member of the Falcons’ practice squad during the first 13 weeks of the 2019 season and also spent part of 2017 with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League after being waived by the New Orleans Saints.

The Browns also released safety A.J. Howard from the practice squad and signed defensive end Trevon Young to the practice squad.