Stephenson (suspension) has decided to retire after six NFL seasons, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
A former third-round pick of the Chiefs, Stephenson signed a one-year contract with the Browns earlier this offseason. He was expected to compete for the starting role at right tackle, but he skipped all of voluntary workouts and mandatory minicamp last month and was suspended for the first two games of the season. With his retirement announced, it's expected that Chris Hubbard will get the starting nod at right tackle to start the season for the Browns.
Stephenson was suspended for the first two games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
While Stephenson is still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason activities, he won't be able to return to the team until after the Browns' Week 2 matchup with the Saints. Stephenson is a backup on the offensive line, so his two-week absence shouldn't have a huge impact.
Stephenson was brought on board in case 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas (triceps) retires. However, Stephenson was only healthy for seven games in 2017, and the 29-year-old only started in four of those outings, so he'll likely have to compete for starting job if Thomas does call it quits.
Stephenson was limited in practice all week by the hand injury, so the Broncos won't take any chances with him while he's still hurting heading into a mostly meaningless season finale. His absence will open up a start at right tackle for either Cyrus Kouandjio or Allen Barbre.
Stephenson (calf) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Stephenson was listed as questionable but was a full participant at practice Friday so this isn't surprising. Stephenson has been dealing with the calf issue for much of the season but appears ready to go for Sunday's game.
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