CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert off waivers Tuesday, and he is expected to be available to kick Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium if needed.
Waiver claims become official at 4 p.m. eastern and Cincinnati has top claim priority.
Cleveland waived Seibert Monday after he missed a PAT and 41-yard field goal during Sunday's 38-6 beating in Baltimore and signed Cody Parkey from the practice squad to the 53.
“I think we weighed everything,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday. “With any decision, we make sure we spend our due diligence on it and we felt comfortable making the decision.”
Some might worry the decision to could come back to haunt the Browns Thursday night, because that's the way things tend to go for the Browns, but not Stefanski.
“No, it’s not worrisome,” Stefanski said.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters that claiming Seibert was for insurance and Randy Bullock, who missed a potential game-tying field goal against the Chargers in the closing seconds Sunday, won't be replaced by Seibert.
“Randy's our kicker,” Taylor said.
Seibert was a 2019 fifth-round draft pick of former general manager John Dorsey.
Rumor mill – Former WFAN host Mike Francesa tweeted about Odell Beckham Jr.’s future in Cleveland Tuesday.
Beckham caught 3 of 10 targets for 22 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. It was his fourth game with the Browns where he had three or fewer catches for less than 30 yards.
Punchline – Sunday’s 32-point blowout in Baltimore landed the Browns back in Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show monologue.
Fallon made a string of jokes about TV networks’ use of fake crowd noise and reactions during NFL games over the weekend.
“They’ve got crowd reactions and sound for just about anything that can happen,” Fallon said. “Here’s the sound for touchdown” and cheering audio was played. “Next up here’s the sound for delay of game” followed by booing audio. “Here’s the sound for Cleveland Browns gain a yard” with a picture of Nick Chubb in the graphic and ‘Hallelujah’ played. Fallon also made jokes about Tom Brady smiling and winking at the camera and the New York Jets were not spared either as they played a clip of R.E.M.'s ‘Everybody Hurts.’
Quote of the day – “Better be a rowdy 6,000 in those stands.” Quarterback Baker Mayfield on the Browns being allowed to have 6,000 fans attend Thursday night’s home opener.
Injury report – DNP: RT Jack Conklin (ankle/finger), CB Kevin Johnson (liver), WR Jarvis Landry (hip), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder), LB Mack Wilson (knee); LIMITED: OT Chris Hubbard (ankle), C JC Tretter (knee), Olivier Vernon (abdomen), LT Jedrick Wills Jr. (shin)