Browns release Ausar Walcott

Taking a cue from the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns announced they have released rookie linebacker Ausar Walcott, who was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man outside a club in Northern New Jersey.

This comes a few hours after the Patriots cut ties with tight end Aaron Hernandez after he was arrested.

It's the first time the Browns have made a move with a player who was arrested this year. Linebacker Quentin Groves (solicitation) and defensive end Armonty Bryant (drunken driving) remain on the team after being arrested earlier this offseason.

Walcott was an undrafted rookie out of Virginia.