March 3, 2015

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Browns: Undrafted rookie QB Connor Shaw to start finale Sunday in Baltimore

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine has made it official: Connor Shaw will start at quarterback in the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. The undrafted rookie from South Carolina was named the starter Friday when Brian Hoyer was unable to practice because of an injured right shoulder and biceps. Shaw will become Cleveland’s 22nd Read More…

Browns: Humbling first year for Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel began his rookie season on the bench and will finish it on injured reserve. Obviously, the man known as “Johnny Football” is not pleased with his first year in the NFL, which consisted of just two starts. “My (left) hamstring is hurt enough to keep me out this week, Read More…

Browns: Joe Thomas, Joe Haden, Tashaun Gipson named to Pro Bowl

BEREA — Three members of the Browns are headed to the NFL Pro Bowl. Tackle Joe Thomas, cornerback Joe Haden, and free safety Tashaun Gipson were named Tuesday to the annual all-star game, which will take place Jan. 25 in Glendale, Ariz. “All three are deserving of the honor and have worked extremely hard and Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookies Justin Gilbert, Terrance West struggle off field, too

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BEREA — Top draft pick Justin Gilbert and third-round selection Terrance West are squarely in the Browns’ doghouse. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the rookies’ benching one day earlier against Carolina occurred for multiple reasons, not just poor practice habits, as he claimed after the 17-13 loss. “Some of it was on the Read More…

Cavaliers Kevin Love to face former team as Timberwolves come to town

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love and LeBron James celebrate after a 97-88 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Love will play against his former team for the first time as Minnesota visits Cleveland tonight. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Exactly four months ago, Kevin Love was traded by the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers in a blockbuster deal. Tonight at Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time NBA All-Star will play against his former team for the first time as Minnesota (5-21) visits Cleveland (16-10). “I’m looking forward to the matchup,” said Love, who is Read More…

Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin set to play 100th game with team, wants to re-sign

Cleveland Browns nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (71) runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Ahtyba Rubin has played for five coaches in seven years with the Browns, but has never been on a team with a winning record. Despite those gloomy numbers, the friendly defensive tackle wants to re-sign with Cleveland after this season. “I love it here, so it would be awesome to play my whole Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Thomas is media MVP

Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) was selected as the team’s Player of the Yearby the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association on Thursday. (AP Photo)

BEREA — Browns tackle Joe Thomas was a unanimous selection as the team’s Player of the Year by the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection is the first offensive lineman to win the award, which has been given out since 2001. “It’s pretty special and definitely a little Read More…

Browns Notes: Garrett Hartley taking time off from TV to kick

Cleveland Browns kicker Garrett Hartley warms up before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Garrett Hartley was already planning for his life after football, co-starring in the hunting series “Southern Chaos” on Sportsman Channel, when the Browns called him last week. The former Saints kicker made all 10 of his field goal attempts in a Dec. 9 tryout, then was offered a two-year contract just three days Read More…

Brian Dulik: This wasn’t the debut Johnny Football had envisioned

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Johnny Manziel will have many more opportunities to wreck this league, but his first NFL start went as well as the Titanic’s initial showdown with an iceberg. The rookie quarterback was overmatched — and completely overwhelmed — from start to finish Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Browns 30-0. Johnny Football threw two terrible Read More…

Browns Notes: Secondary takes injury hit

Cleveland’s Joe Haden tries for an interception Sunday during a loss to the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Haden left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury. (AP photo)

CLEVELAND — Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert are the latest additions to the Browns’ long list of injuries, both being hurt Sunday in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pro Bowl honoree Haden exited with a right shoulder injury, while Gilbert was diagnosed with a possible concussion later in the second quarter. Read More…