September 3, 2014

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Browns notes: Buster Skrine back on field

Buster Skrine, Miles Austin

BEREA — When the Browns returned to practice late Sunday afternoon, cornerback Buster Skrine was the happiest man on the field. The fourth-year pro had been sidelined with a broken right thumb that required surgery Aug. 18, but was cleared to resume football activities. “I’ve been watching a lot of film, eating right and conditioning Read More…

Browns roster still taking shape, more changes likely coming

BEREA — Browns general manager Ray Farmer continued to work through the holiday weekend, making eight transactions Sunday that altered the bottom of the 53-man roster. Cleveland released veteran quarterback Rex Grossman, wide receiver Charles Johnson, tackle Martin Wallace and guard Karim Barton. All four survived the so-called final cuts a day earlier, only to Read More…

Browns Notes: Tonight’s game last chance for players to prove they belong

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) returns a kick during a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. Tonight's preseason game is the last chance for many players to prove they belong on the roster. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The moment of truth has arrived for the two-dozen Browns players on the bubble to make the team. Cleveland’s preseason finale tonight against the Chicago Bears will mark the final time that some of those athletes will ever put on a football uniform. It’s a cruel reality about life in the NFL — Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon appeal denied; WR suspended for the season

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon steadfastly refused to take responsibility for his actions, even after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was formally banned from the league for the entire 2014 season on Wednesday, paying the price after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Read More…

Browns: Brian Hoyer sees silver lining in offensive struggles

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer fires a pass to wide receiver Andrew Hawkins against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — The Browns’ offensive woes have generated frustration and agitation throughout the preseason. Cleveland has scored exactly one first-half touchdown and 16 points in its first three exhibition games, illustrating just how poorly its starters have performed. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, however, believes those numbers are misleading. He also expects much better results Thursday when Read More…

Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel at ease as backup quarterback, but eager to help team

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the preseason game against the Rams from the bench Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is comfortable in his role as the backup to Brian Hoyer. But with that said, the rookie from Texas A&M would love to see some action when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “I would be extremely excited to get on the field and help Read More…

Browns Notes: Tight end Jordan Cameron excused from practice to deal with ‘an issue’

Browns running back Edwin Baker loses his helmet as he is tackled by Pittsburgh’s Will Allen last season. A second-year pro, Baker was one of 14 players released by the Browns on Monday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron did not attend practice Monday, but wide receiver Nate Burleson returned from a hamstring injury to take part in individual drills. Pro Bowl honoree Cameron — one of the team’s most important offensive players — is expected to be on the field today, according to coach Mike Pettine. Read More…

Browns secondary an issue without Joe Haden, Buster Skrine

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens slips away from Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert on a 75-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — While the eyes of the football world were on Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, something more significant occurred in the Browns’ third preseason game Saturday. Aging journeyman Shaun Hill and unproven youngster Austin Davis shredded Cleveland’s defense for 243 passing yards and two touchdowns in the St. Louis Rams’ 33-14 rout at FirstEnergy Read More…

Browns Notes: Fans get first look at FirstEnergy Stadium remodel

One of two new video boards is shown in the east end zone at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Friday. The first phase of a multi-million dollar makeover for the home of the NFL Cleveland Browns is being completed in time for the first home preseason game Saturday against the St. Louis Rams. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The marquee attraction wasn’t on the field Saturday when the Browns hosted the St. Louis Rams in preseason action. Instead, all eyes were on the $70 million worth of renovations to FirstEnergy Stadium, which had its seating capacity reduced to 67,160 as a result of the construction. “I don’t think any stadium has Read More…

Browns Commentary: Don’t worry, it’s only practice

The NFL calls them preseason games, but there is no truth in that advertising. They are nothing more than glorified practices against another team, exhibitions in every way. For that reason, the Browns did exactly what they were supposed to do Saturday in a 33-14 loss to the St. Louis Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland’s Read More…