Browns release defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns released defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who has not recovered enough from a serious knee injury.

Ekpre-Olomu was selected by in the seventh round last year by Cleveland's previous front office, which hoped he could come back from a serious left knee injury sustained during his senior year at Oregon. But the 22-year-old is not to the point where the Browns are willing to dedicate a roster spot to him.

He was released Saturday with a non-football injury designation because he hurt the knee before joining the Browns.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder was projected to be a first-round pick before he injured his knee as the Ducks prepared to play in the national championship against Ohio State.

Ekpre-Olomu started 40 straight games in college before getting hurt.