November 28, 2014

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Browns update: 2 players back, leaving 10 out with flu

BEREA — Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and nose tackle Shaun Rogers returned to practice Thursday, leaving the Browns with 10 players out with the flu. Coach Eric Mangini said there were no new cases overnight. He said two positive cases of Influenza A were discovered. H1N1 is a strain of Influenza A. Mangini said the rest Read More…

Browns’ sick bay: 12 players, six starters catch flu bug

BEREA — The record and statistics have been ailing for weeks. Now, a large chunk of the team is sick. The Browns were without 12 players, including six starters, Wednesday after coach Eric Mangini told those stricken by the flu not to report to the team facility to prevent further spreading of the illness. He Read More…

12 Browns players miss practice with the flu

BEREA — With a 1-5 record, the Browns need all the practice time they can get. But with at least 12 players, including six starters, out with the flu, coach Eric Mangini was forced to scale back practice Wednesday. The sick players were told not to report to the team facility to prevent further spreading Read More…

Browns’ top tackler out for the season

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BEREA — The NFL’s last-ranked defense will be without one of its best players for the rest of the season. Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. He injured his shoulder Sunday in a loss to Pittsburgh, didn’t play the second half and underwent an MRI. He will likely need surgery. Read More…

Little real change: Browns’ offense still sputtering

BEREA — Eric Mangini changed quarterbacks. He traded his disgruntled No. 1 receiver. He tried Joshua Cribbs as quarterback in the Wildcat formation. He even used 310-pound lineman Hank Fraley as an extra tight end. Nothing has worked. Through six games and 72 possessions, Cleveland’s offense has scored four touchdowns. When Cribbs’ two kick returns Read More…

Steelers 27, Browns 14: Error-prone Browns drop 12th straight to Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH — The Browns’ 2009 winning streak is over at one game. Pittsburgh’s dominance of Cleveland is alive and well, and in no apparent danger of ending anytime soon. The Steelers (4-2) committed four turnovers, which allowed the Browns (1-5) to hang around into the fourth quarter, but they were never in jeopardy of losing Read More…

Cribbs’ play hard to top as he makes case for contract extension

PITTSBURGH — Joshua Cribbs sure knows how to make his case for a raise. Just two days after Cribbs and his agent reiterated to reporters their desire for a contract extension, he again showed why he’s one of the Browns’ best all-around players. He took 13 snaps at quarterback in the Wildcat formation, returned a Read More…

Browns vs. Steelers: Mangini revels in rivalry

The Browns have lost 11 straight to the hated Steelers and 17 of 18. Since re-entering the NFL, they have dropped 18 of the 21 meetings. The lopsided nature of the series has diminished the rivalry in many eyes across the country, but it still means a lot to the people of Cleveland. “It’s palpable. Read More…

Browns: Cribbs, agent want new contract

BEREA — Joshua Cribbs’ agent turned up the volume Friday in an attempt to get his client a contract extension from the Browns or a trade out of town. “The Browns’ current position of doing nothing about this is no longer appropriate, nor fair,” J.R. Rickert said in an e-mail. Browns coach Eric Mangini seems Read More…

Mangini denies Cribbs trade rumors

BEREA — Joshua Cribbs is the latest target of the NFL rumor mill, but Browns coach Eric Mangini said he has no intention of trading the special teams ace. “We have no interest in moving Josh Cribbs,” Mangini said Friday morning. Cribbs, who also plays receiver, has been asking for a contract extension or renegotiation Read More…