Alonzo Ephraim was waived Monday. ((Ezra Shaw/Getty Images))

The Cleveland Browns waived offensive lineman Alonzo Ephraim as soon as he had completed a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The move wasconfirmed Monday.

Ephraim, 24, was signed July 29 by Cleveland as an emergency replacement for injured centre LeCharles Bentley (elbow), only to wind up suspended Sept. 1 for a second violation.

Ephraim was allowed to work out at team headquarters, but prohibited from practising.

Ephraim, an Alabama product who went undrafted, has played 42 games in the NFL, 29 for the Philadelphia Eagles and 13 for the Miami Dolphins.

With files from the Associated Press