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Browns sign free agent Ernster as emergency punter

Updated: September 8, 2007, 7:38 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In a move that suggests that standout punter Dave Zastudil has not sufficiently recovered from a back injury to kick in Sunday's season opener, the Cleveland Browns signed free agent Paul Ernster to the roster Saturday.

Zastudil, 28, suffered a mild back strain earlier in the week and was limited in practices as the Browns prepared for their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Zastudil remained optimistic he would be able to face the Browns' archrivals, but the addition of Ernster ...

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