January 26, 2015

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Browns Notes: Josh Cribbs wishes Browns would have called him

Josh Cribbs returns a punt for the Indianapolis Colts against the Jaguars on Nov. 23. Cribbs said he wanted to come back and play for the Browns but the team never contacted him. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BEREA — Week after week, Joshua Cribbs sat at home watching the Browns’ punt return follies, waiting to be called upon to help. Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer, however, never contacted him — and was indignant when his name was mentioned at a press conference. Indianapolis wound up signing Cribbs to a one-year contract Nov. Read More…

Browns: Pettine not ready to make decision on starting QB

Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel will vie for the Browns starting quarterback job.

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine described his team’s offense as “listless” and “stagnant,” but insisted that he hasn’t decided to bench quarterback Brian Hoyer. At the same time, he made it clear that rookie Johnny Manziel is a strong candidate to start this week when Cleveland hosts Indianapolis. “I’m not ready to make decision Read More…

Browns notes: Miles Austin still hospitalized with kidney injury

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BEREA — Browns wide receiver Miles Austin remains hospitalized at the Erie County Medical Center as doctors determine the extent of his damaged kidney. The 30-year-old receiver experienced abdominal discomfort Sunday following Cleveland’s 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was transported from Ralph Wilson Stadium in an ambulance and admitted to the suburban medical Read More…

Brian Dulik: Are Hoyer’s days as the starter numbered?

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Brian Hoyer kept a stiff upper lip and insisted that he was still the best quarterback on the Browns. Unfortunately, his statistics — and the actions of coach Mike Pettine — said otherwise. Hoyer threw two interceptions and failed to score a touchdown Sunday, prompting his benching in the fourth quarter of the Buffalo Bills’ Read More…

Browns notes: Terrance West fumble proved costly

Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills Sunday. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t hesitate to throw Terrance West under the bus Sunday afternoon. The rookie running back fumbled midway through the third quarter, and Jerry Hughes returned it for an 18-yard touchdown as the Buffalo Bills beat Cleveland 26-10. West’s fumble occurred one play — exactly 10 seconds — after Read More…

Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins has no hard feelings against Browns

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins smiles during warmups Monday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

BEREA — Mike Pettine was certain the Browns were going to draft Sammy Watkins. The Clemson wide receiver also was convinced he was coming to Cleveland. The Buffalo Bills, however, had other ideas — and made an offer the Browns couldn’t refuse. Buffalo acquired the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft, which it Read More…

Browns TE Jordan Cameron returns to practice, but ruled out for Sunday’s game in Atlanta

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is helped off the field after an injury against the Oakland Raiders. Cameron is practicing for the first time in four weeks after missing the past three games due to a concussion. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is confident about his football future, even after suffering three concussions in the last 23 months. The Pro Bowl performer returned to practice Friday, albeit on a limited basis, for the first time since absorbing a head shot from Raiders safety Brandian Ross on Oct. 26. “If I Read More…

Brian Dulik: Spurs win this round, but expect big things from Cavs by season’s end

San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw and Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving battle for the ball Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of the surliest interviews in professional sports. He enjoys demeaning sideline reporters and mocking journalists in every city, as was the case Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Popovich’s responses included, “Duh,” “Did you stay up all night thinking of that question?” and “I never said that. You’re making those Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns still confident, await Josh Gordon’s return

The Browns’ stay atop the AFC North Division lasted a week. It ended with a thud Sunday as the Houston Texans manhandled Cleveland 23-7 at FirstEnergy Stadium. That thud, specifically, was the sound of All-NFL defensive end J.J. Watt delivering a bone-crushing hit — and there were many — as the Texans temporarily deflated the Read More…

Browns notes: Running back Ben Tate a forgotten man against old team

CLEVELAND — Running back Isaiah Crowell made his first NFL start Sunday in the Browns’ 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans, while Ben Tate was virtually invisible against his former team. Crowell — an undrafted rookie from Alabama State — rushed for a team-high 61 yards on 14 carries, including a 35-yarder that was Cleveland’s Read More…