Browns sign linebacker

BY foxsports • November 11, 2009

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Down two starting inside linebackers, the Cleveland Browns have signed free agent linebacker Josh Stamer.

Stamer has appeared in 86 games during a seven-year career with the New York Giants, Seattle, Buffalo and Tennessee. He was released by the Titans on Sept. 5.

The Browns have lost linebackers D'Qwell Jackson and Eric Barton to season-ending injuries. Cleveland's defense is ranked last in the league in yards allowed.

Barton was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with an unspecified injury. Coach Eric Mangini said Barton was discussing possible surgery with doctors.

David Bowens is likely to start in Barton's spot.