CLEVELAND (AP) — Scott Fujita is another step closer to being on the field with the Browns
The NFL lifted the roster exemption Tuesday for the linebacker, who had the three-game suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal lifted last week.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is planning to meet with Fujita and the three other players whose suspensions in connection with the bounty investigation were all recently lifted by an appeals panel.
Fujita is now back on Cleveland's 53-man roster, which had an opening when cornerback Joe Haden was suspended four games Monday for failing a drug test and violating the league's ban on performance-enhancing substances. Fujita did not play in Sunday's season opener against Philadelphia despite being eligible to play.
Fujita watched from the sideline in street clothes as the Browns lost 17-16 to the Eagles, who scored a late touchdown to pull out the win.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur chose to activate only the linebackers who practiced last week. Fujita was not allowed to work out with the team as he was banned from the Browns' while he was suspended. The suspension of Fujita and other players in the New Orleans pay-for-hits program were overturned by a three-member appeals panel on Friday.
After Sunday's game, Fujita, who had remained confident he would play in Week 1, did not want to predict where his case was headed next.