November 24, 2014

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Watt’s the problem? For the Browns, it’s definitely dynamic Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt lines up over the tackles, the guards and the center. He sees a few snaps at tight end. He’s in the end zone more than most offensive players, becoming the first man in more than 50 years to score on an interception, a fumble recovery and a reception. He’s on Read More…

Safety Tashaun Gipson listed as questionable after concussion, hopes to play Sunday, keep Browns’ streak going

BEREA — Tashaun Gipson wants to keep the good times rolling Sunday against the Texans. He’s not talking about the run of forced turnovers that has him leading the league with six interceptions. The free safety’s focused on the team’s three-game winning streak and five victories in the last six games. “A lot of things Read More…

Browns DL Phil Taylor out for season, needs another knee surgery; S Tashaun Gipson returns to practice, listed as questionable

BEREA — Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor needs another surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, coach Mike Pettine announced this afternoon after practice. Taylor missed four games following arthroscopic surgery Oct. 8, and returned Nov. 6 in the 24-3 win over Cincinnati. He practiced Tuesday, then was shut Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon counting down days to return next week

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BEREA — Josh Gordon’s countdown is at three. “I see him in passing in the hallway and always ask him how many days, and he always knows the exact number of days,” coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “He’s been itching at this for a while.” The receiver’s 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer vs. Houston’s Ryan Mallett: Tom Brady’s former backups meet as starters

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BEREA — Watch and learn from one of the best of all time. Rarely work on gamedays, and never in pressure situations. Get invited to hang out with supermodel Gisele Bundchen and friends. Being Tom Brady’s backup is a good gig if you can get it. Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer and Houston’s Ryan Mallett can share Read More…

Browns return from break excited to be in 1st place, focused on staying there for next 7 weeks

As part of the Salute to Service campaign, military guests representing all five branches watch the Cleveland Browns practice Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — The Browns dispersed for the weekend riding high after the emphatic 24-3 win in Cincinnati on Thursday night. They returned to practice Tuesday in sole possession of first place in the AFC North, courtesy of the Jets’ upset of the Steelers on Sunday. “It’s a great accomplishment at this part of the season,” Read More…

Browns Notes: RB Ben Tate not satisfied with role, use in 3-back rotation

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer hands off to running back Ben Tate against the Oakland Raiders Oct. 26 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — During Ben Tate’s four years in Houston, he longed to escape the shadow of Pro Bowler Arian Foster and become a feature running back. When he signed a two-year deal with the Browns in March, he thought he’d have that opportunity. Nine games into his Cleveland career, he’s part of a three-back rotation Read More…

Playing in NFL is snap for Browns center Nick McDonald after hardships he’s been through

Cleveland Browns center Nick McDonald blocks during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Oct. 26. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Nick McDonald starting at center for the first-place Browns is one of the most improbable stories in the NFL. Not because Pro Bowler Alex Mack had played 5,279 straight snaps before breaking his fibula Oct. 12. Not because the Browns hadn’t been alone in first place this late in the season since 1994. Not because Read More…

Midseason report: Browns all alone in first place for first time since 1994

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The midpoint of the 16-game schedule came after the win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, but the short week before the Thursday nighter in Cincinnati didn’t allow for a proper midseason report. The long weekend — the Browns are calling it a mini-bye — provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on a surprising first nine games Read More…

Donte Whitner delivers inspiring speech, sparks Browns’ big win over Bengals

Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner reacts during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nov. 2 in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns Town was buzzing after Cleveland’s 24-3 win Thursday night over the Bengals, and strong safety Donte Whitner loved it. “It means everything to me,” the Cleveland native and Glenville High School graduate said Friday on a conference call. “That’s the reason I came here. Anybody that’s from anywhere, has any pride about where they’re Read More…