October 25, 2014

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It’s full speed ahead for Browns rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell

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BEREA — Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract March 15 to become the Browns’ featured running back. Just six months later, his status in Cleveland isn’t nearly as sunny because of “The Baby Backs.” Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have shined during Tate’s absence with a sprained right knee, creating major competition Read More…

Browns notes: Jordan Cameron hopes to return Sunday

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron runs after catching a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sept. 7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron isn’t making any promises, but he is crossing his fingers in hopes of returning to action Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The Pro Bowler has been plagued by a right shoulder strain since Aug. 2 — suffered during “Family Day” at the University of Akron — and was Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine relishes first win, says fans’ energy was big

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine walks off the field after a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Browns coach Mike Pettine wore his heart on his sleeve and made no attempt to conceal his emotions Sunday afternoon. After Billy Cundiff split the uprights on a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left, Pettine bounded onto the field — his face flush with pure joy — to celebrate Cleveland’s 26-24 victory Read More…

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

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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

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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…