November 27, 2014

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Browns: Brian Hoyer, Joe Thomas believe in Josh Gordon

BEREA — Brian Hoyer’s faith in Josh Gordon on the field is obvious. In Gordon’s return Sunday from a 10-game drug suspension, Hoyer targeted him 16 times, including twice on interceptions. The trust isn’t confined to gameday. “We welcomed him back with open arms,” Hoyer said Wednesday. “Not just because of the player he is, Read More…

Scott Petrak: Hey, Browns fans, it’s OK to talk playoffs

Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Chris Kirksey walks off the field after the Cleveland Browns beat the Atlanta Falcons, 26-24, Sunday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Coach Mike Pettine was right Monday when he said it’s too soon for the Browns to start studying the standings. It’s not too early for the rest of us. With five games left, the Browns (7-4) are smack-dab in the middle of the AFC playoff picture. Only three teams have a better record — New Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine, WR Andrew Hawkins never lost faith in QB Brian Hoyer

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer recovers his own fumble as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Prince Shembo defends Sunday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

As Brian Hoyer chastised himself Sunday night for his two fourth-quarter interceptions, coach Mike Pettine and his team celebrated their quarterback’s comeback. Hoyer regrouped mentally and completed four straight passes for 61 yards to set up Billy Cundiff for the winning 37-yard field goal in the 26-24 victory over Atlanta. “I don’t think there’s ever Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel allegedly involved in fight early Saturday morning

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before a game against the Houston Texans in Cleveland. Police were called to The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel didn’t leave the sideline Sunday, but was back in the news Monday. Manziel was involved in an altercation at about 2:30 Saturday morning at The 9 in downtown Cleveland. The alleged victim’s account to the police claimed “Johnny Football and his entourage” assaulted him in a brawl by the elevators, Read More…

Browns Notes: Safety Tashaun Gipson to miss rest of regular season with knee injury

Cleveland Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson is helped onto a cart after being injured during the second half Sunday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

Free safety Tashaun Gipson is likely done for the regular season with a torn right medial collateral ligament. It’s yet to be determined if the Browns will keep him on the roster in the hopes he can return if they make the playoffs. The Browns (7-4) haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2002. “The timing Read More…

Brian Hoyer leads Browns to last-second win over Falcons

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ATLANTA — Brian Hoyer was reeling. He had just thrown his second careless interception of the fourth quarter with the Browns trying to hang onto the lead. His face showed the disappointment and disgust in himself. Things only got worse when Matt Bryant made a 53-yard field goal with 44 seconds left to give the Read More…

Browns notes: Crowell the king at homecoming game

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Atlanta Falcons Sunday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ATLANTA — Isaiah Crowell’s return to his home state was a peach. A giant, juicy one. The undrafted rookie running back was chosen as a game captain, got his second straight start and rushed 12 times for 88 yards, a 7.3 average and two impressive touchdowns Sunday in a 26-24 win. All of it came Read More…

Josh Gordon — and Browns — enjoy his return

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon moves against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson )

ATLANTA — Josh Gordon knows how to make an entrance. He just has to work on eliminating the messy exits. Gordon returned from a 10-game suspension and had perhaps the largest impact Sunday in the Browns’ 26-24 last-second win. He led the team with eight catches and 120 yards and was targeted 16 times by Read More…

Browns 26, Falcons 24: Billy Cundiff kicks winning field goal as time expires

ATLANTA — The Browns had the game, lost it and got it back. The end is all that matters. Billy Cundiff made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift Cleveland to a 26-24 win inside the Georgia Dome. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had thrown two fourth-quarter interceptions, led the final drive. He was Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Pregame Update: ILB Karlos Dansby inactive, OLB Jabaal Sheard will play; points of interest; important numbers; the prediction

ATLANTA — The Browns will be without their defensive leader today against Atlanta, as inside linebacker Karlos Dansby is inactive. The Browns will have outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard, who will play despite suffering a foot injury last week. Coach Mike Pettine originally feared Sheard would miss the rest of the season, but he got a Read More…