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08/30/13 6:59pm
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Miguel Maysonet was waived by the Cleveland Browns Friday. The former Riverhead and Stony Brook running back saw time in each preseason game for the Browns. Photos by: Barbarellen Koch (left), Robert O’Rourk, AP/David Richard)

Miguel Maysonet was waived by the Cleveland Browns Friday on the eve of the final deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters from 75 players to 53.

The former star running back from Riverhead was fighting for the final running back position on the Browns, who lost two established players at the position to serious injuries.

Maysonet suited up in all four preseason games for the Browns and saw limited action, mostly toward the end of each game. In Thursday’s final preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he caught 1 pass for 1 yard and did not have a carry.

Jamaine Cook, who like Maysonet was an undrafted rookie, signed with the Browns after they lost running backs Montario Hardesty and Dion Lewis to injuries. Cook carried the ball 12 times in Thursday’s game and rushed for 28 yards while veteran Brandon Jackson got the start.

Jackson will begin the year backing up former Heisman finalist Trent Richardson. The Browns also have Chris Ogbonnaya, who plays fullback and running back.

Maysonet will be placed on the waivers until noon Sunday. If he’s not claimed, he can sign as a free agent with another team. At that time, teams can also begin signing players to their practice squad, which Maysonet would be eligible as a rookie.

Maysonet originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles shortly after the NFL Draft ended in April. He was cut in May and claimed off waivers by Cleveland.

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Correction: An earlier version stated Trent Richardson won the Heisman Trophy. Richardson was a finalist and finished third in the voting in 2011.

08/08/13 11:04pm
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AP/SCOTT BOEHM PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet played in his first NFL game Thursday night as the Cleveland Browns won a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams.

Update: Miguel Maysonet carried the ball nine times for 25 yards Thursday night in his first NFL game as the Cleveland Browns won 27-19 against the St. Louis Rams to open the preseason.

Maysonet was the last running back to get into the game for Cleveland and most of his work came in the fourth quarter. He also had two catches for 13 yards.

He finished the game with the second most carries for the Browns behind Brandon Jackson, who carried 11 times for 32 yards. Starter Dion Lewis rushed for 12 yards on five carries.

Late in the third quarter Maysonet caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer. His longest run was for eight yards on a first-and-10 late in the fourth quarter.

The Browns were without two running backs, including their top back Trent Richardson, who was sat with a minor injury.

Original StoryMiguel Maysonet will make his unofficial NFL debut tonight when the Cleveland Browns face the St. Louis Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

The former Riverhead and Stony Brook University running back is facing an uphill battle in trying to make the active roster for the start of the regular season. The Browns feature six running backs in training camp, highlighted by former Heisman winner Trent Richardson.

The good news for Maysonet is Richardson and running back Montario Hardesty are both sidelined for tonight’s game with injuries. That could open the door for Maysonet to receive more playing time.

Dion Lewis, a third-year tailback out of Pittsburgh, and Chris Ogbonnaya, a fourth-year player out of Texas, are expected to get the first crack running the ball, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns also feature Brandon Jackson, who’s in his sixth year out of Nebraska.

Cleveland’s starters are only expected to play the first quarter, which is typical in the first preseason game.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. and can be viewed online via NFL.com. The online feature, which grants access to live coverage of 65 preseason games, costs $19.99.

Maysonet was picked up off waivers by Cleveland after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he signed with immediately after going undrafted in April.

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05/21/13 7:03pm
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ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, a Riverhead High graduate, rushed for 220 yards against Army this season.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, a Riverhead High graduate, rushed for 220 yards against Army this season.

The Cleveland Browns claimed Riverhead’s Miguel Maysonet off waivers this afternoon, the team announced.

Maysonet was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles Monday morning, a move that put him through the NFL’s waiver process. The Browns opted to pick him up and waived another player, Jamaine Cook, to create a spot.

Maysonet boarded a plane for Cleveland after being informed of the pickup. He tweeted that he arrived in Cleveland just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Maysonet is the sixth running back on the Cleveland roster, highlighted by former Alabama star Trent Richardson, who rushed for 11 touchdowns last season.

After a stellar career at Stony Brook University, Maysonet had high hopes of being drafted into the NFL. But the disappointment of going undrafted quickly faded when he signed with the Eagles shortly after the draft ended, and inking a $10,000 signing bonus along the way, a higher figure than most undrafted rookies receive.

Maysonet spent three days from May 10-12 at the Eagles’ rookie minicamp before returning to Stony Brook. NCAA rules prohibited him from continuing with the team’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs) that followed until Stony Brook held its graduation.

The Eagles picked up former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones last week, a move that added depth to their running back spot behind LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown, who rushed for 564 yards last year.

The Browns feature four-year veteran Montario Hardesty at running back. He rushed for 271 yards and a touchdown last year. Dion Lewis, a third-year player from Pittsburgh and fourth-year player Chris Ogbonnaya would be next on the depth chart. They also featured sixth-year player Brandon Jackson from Nebraska. Jackson started 13 games in 2010 for Green Bay, rushing for 703 yards.

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