Browns claim popular defensive lineman

The Cleveland Browns were awarded undrafted defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron on waivers from the Chicago Bears.

The Browns weren't the only team interested in Cameron. In fact, five teams -- Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, New York Giants and Philadelphia -- put in waiver claims for Cameron and the Browns got him based on the worst 2011 record. As a senior at Old Dominion in 2011, Cameron made 73 tackles and had 6.5 sacks.

“We thought he was a good player versus the run as well as generating pass rush inside," coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday. "We’ll get him in here, get him up and running and hopefully he’ll be able to contribute.”

The addition of Cameron could be an indication of the severity of Scott Paxson's knee injury. Paxson has been filling in for the injured Phil Taylor, who is expected to miss at least the first six games after surgery for a torn pectoral muscle.

Asked if this move was related to Paxson's injury, Shurmur said, “I think we needed some more depth there. It’s based on all things defensive line.”