August 29, 2014

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Browns offense finally clicks, does some good things in 33-13 win over Bears

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CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of magic and misses — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. Mike Pettine got his first win as a head coach since 2001, when he was stalking the sidelines Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon’s flirtation with CFL ends quickly

Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND — Oh, Canada. Josh Gordon hardly knew ye. Gordon, Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver, was weighing his options Thursday, a day after the NFL upheld the indefinite suspension that will sideline him for the 2014 season. He considered playing in the Canadian Football League, according to a league source, but quickly found out that wasn’t possible. Read More…

(UPDATED) BREAKING: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Josh Gordon

The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says rookie Justin Gilbert must learn quickly from mistakes

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)

Coach Mike Pettine hopes rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert learned a valuable lesson from a humbling performance Saturday night in the 33-14 loss to the Rams. “The NFL is a tough road now for a rookie corner and the only silver lining is that he had a night like that heading into the regular season, that Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine says no time for panic, remains confident issues will be fixed before Steelers game

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan talks with quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The clock is counting down, and each tick is louder than the last. Less than two weeks remain until the Browns open the regular season in Pittsburgh. “If we feel we’re not ready, nobody’s going to change Sept. 7 and push that back for us,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Sunday on a conference call. Read More…

Brian Hoyer throws TD pass, but Browns dominated by Rams in 33-14 loss

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CLEVELAND — The Browns finally did it. Win? No. Look good? Nope. Give the home crowd reason for optimism in the third preseason game that’s supposed to serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season? Absolutely not. But for the first time in three preseason games, the starting offense scored a touchdown. It came Read More…

Browns CB Joe Haden inactive vs. Rams with sore foot, considered day-to-day

Joe Haden

BEREA — Browns cornerback Joe Haden has a sore foot and won’t play tonight in the third preseason game against the Rams. He practiced this week and wasn’t on the injury report, but coach Mike Pettine decided to sit him for precautionary reasons. He’s considered day-to-day. Potential starter Buster Skrine is also out following thumb Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for giving middle finger to Washington bench

Johnny Manziel

Talk about an expensive bird. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for giving the middle finger to the Washington bench Monday night. He has the option to appeal. Washington players yelled at Manziel throughout the game and mocked him by flashing his “money sign” after he was sacked. Read More…

Browns WR Nate Burleson eager to make good first impression; says WR Josh Gordon on right path

Nate Burleson

BEREA — Nate Burleson has been spinning his wheels for two weeks. With the Browns’ offense out of rhythm and the receiving corps filled with question marks — none bigger than Josh Gordon’s possible suspension — Burleson has been unable to help, stuck to a stationary bike with a hamstring strain. He missed practice again Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer named starter, gets to fulfill lifelong dream

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BEREA — Now isn’t the time for Brian Hoyer to relax. But he can smile. The North Olmsted native that grew up cheering for the Browns was named the starting quarterback to open the regular season, beating out rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Rookie coach Mike Pettine gave them the news Wednesday morning before a Read More…