September 30, 2014

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Brian Dulik: Once again, Browns QB Brian Hoyer proves he has the clutch gene

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Brian Hoyer gritted his teeth and took a deep breath when the Browns unveiled their “Johnny Football” offensive package Sunday afternoon. Then he went back into the game and showed the world why he is Cleveland’s starting quarterback — and rookie Johnny Manziel is his backup. Hoyer engineered a brilliant 14-play, 85-yard drive in the Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns: Josh Gordon expected to return this season, but still get 10-game suspension

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Receiver Josh Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season, is on the verge of playing again this year. The NFL Players Association board of representatives voted Friday to approve changes to the league’s substance abuse policy — effective immediately and applied retroactively — that will largely reduce the punishments Read More…

Indians ace Corey Kluber gets his groove back, shuts down White Sox on five hits

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws to first to drive back Chicago White Sox's Adam Eaton Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber had gone four starts and four weeks since his last victory. He took a sledgehammer to that skid Saturday night. The right-hander tossed a five-hit complete game, allowing zero earned runs, as the Tribe outlasted the Chicago White Sox 3-1 at Progressive Field. Kluber (14-9, 2.51 ERA) struck out Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel says he’ll be ready if and when he’s needed

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has heard the message loud and clear from coach Mike Pettine. Whenever and wherever the rookie quarterback makes his NFL debut, he had better be prepared. “Throughout this week, I’ve been really dialed in with everything that’s going on because I need to be ready,” Manziel said Friday following practice. “That’s Read More…

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…