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Browns sign ex-Cardinal Gibbons FB Kiero Small to practice squad, source says

The Cleveland Browns' backfield is taking on a Baltimore flavor after the team signed former Cardinal Gibbons and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small on Sunday, according to a league source.

The Browns already have former Towson University running back Terrance West on the active roster after drafting him in the third round.

Small, drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks, was cut by the Super Bowl champions on Saturday. He was second on the depth chart behind veteran Derrick Coleman.

Small had a long journey to the NFL. After high school, Small attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille.

He then worked at his family's T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American who lined up at fullback and linebacker.

Small accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker.

Small, 5 feet 8, 245 pounds, rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 128 yards last season. He played last season after being granted a medical redshirt for missing all but one game of the 2012 season with a broken foot that required surgery.

Small worked out for the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons and visited the Browns. Small also participated in the Ravens' local-prospect day.

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