Browns sign new punter

The Browns have signed veteran punter Brad Maynard to replace

Richmond McGee, who injured his back in pregame warmups Sunday and

is out for the season.

Maynard, a 14-year NFL veteran, played the past 10 seasons with

the Chicago Bears. He was released in July and spent the exhibition

season with Houston.

McGee herniated a back disk during warmups before the season

opener against Cincinnati, his agent told the Associated Press on

Tuesday. Agent David Canter said McGee’s back was so bad he lost

feeling in his legs. He kicked anyway, averaging just 36 yards on

eight punts in his pro debut.

Cleveland has placed McGee on injured reserve. Coach Pat Shurmur

didn’t mention McGee’s injury following Sunday’s game or during his

Monday news conference.

McGee was signed in August after punter Reggie Hodges tore his

Achilles’ tendon in practice and was lost for the season.