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Browns sign Jayson DiManche to active roster; place Andrew Hawkins on injured reserve

BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday signed LB Jayson DiManche to the active roster from the practice squad and placed WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion) on injured reserve. The club also signed OL Conor Boffeli to the practice squad.

Hawkins started all eight games he played this season and recorded 27 receptions for 276 yards. He suffered a concussion at Pittsburgh on Nov. 15 and has been inactive the past four games.

DiManche is 6-1, 245-pounds and in his third NFL season out of Southern Illinois. He spent three weeks on the Browns' active roster this season, appearing in one game and has been on the practice squad the past five weeks. Originally signed by the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2013, he has appeared in 29 career games with one start. He has totaled seven tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on defense, while adding 17 stops on special teams. A native of Hamilton, N.J., DiManche graduated from Hamilton West High School.

Boffeli is a 6-4, 295-pound first-year player out of Iowa, where he played in 23 career games with 16 starts. A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Boffeli was originally signed by Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He spent time on the Chicago's practice squad in 2014, and was with the Bears through the spring and training camp in 2015. Boffeli attended Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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