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Browns cut former Cardinal Gibbons standout Kiero Small

The Cleveland Browns cut former Cardinal Gibbons and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small and re-signed former starting fullback Ray Agnew on Tuesday.

Small had replaced Agnew in the starting lineup after being promoted from the practice squad.

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The Browns have an open spot on their practice squad after cutting defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel, and Small is eligible to rejoin the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Small was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks, but was released by the Super Bowl champions.

It's been a long journey to the NFL for Small. 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 playing fullback and linebacker.

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

The 5-foot-9, 242-pounder 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 prior to the NFL draft. Small also participated in the Ravens' local prospect day.

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