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Troubled Browns WR Josh Gordon still practicing with starters, has support of teammates

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BEREA — The Browns are certainly frustrated – even exasperated – by the off-field troubles of Josh Gordon. But they’re not giving up on the All-Pro receiver. “He’s a brother to us and we have his back no matter what,” tight end Jordan Cameron said. Gordon lined up with the first-team offense again Tuesday during Read More…

Browns sign DB Aaron Berry, who missed last season with a torn ACL, has had off-field trouble

Aaron Berry

The Browns are giving cornerback Aaron Berry another chance to work for a couple of his former bosses. Cleveland signed the free agent Monday. He’ll compete for a spot in the secondary and should contribute on special teams. Berry played for the New York Jets in 2012 when Browns rookie coach Mike Pettine was the Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon gets speeding ticket; passenger reportedly cited for marijuana possession

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As Browns receiver Josh Gordon waits to hear if he’ll be suspended — possibly indefinitely — for reportedly failing a marijuana test, he’s once again linked to the illegal substance. Gordon was given a speeding ticket Sunday night in Strongsville on Interstate 71 North, and his passenger was given a citation for possession of marijuana, Read More…

Browns hire Morocco Brown as VP of player personnel

General manager Ray Farmer has his right-hand man. Morocco Brown was hired as vice president of player personnel, the team announced Thursday. His arrival was reported last week. “The Browns are better today because we’ve added an exceptional evaluator of talent,” Farmer said in a statement. “In Morocco, we’re getting a tireless worker who is Read More…

Browns Notes: Veteran leader Donte Whitner adds toughness to defense

Safety Donte Whitner participates in a voluntary 
mini-camp this month in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil loves strong safety Donte Whitner’s intimidation factor. With teammates as well as opponents. “There aren’t a lot of them left, but Donte is a follow-me-or-else leader, and he made our team tougher the day he walked into the building,” O’Neil said Wednesday following practice. Whitner, a Cleveland native, was Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel: I’m going to live my life to the fullest, continue to be committed to this game

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is escorted to an interview after organized team activities at the NFL football team's facility in Berea Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel won’t apologize for the trip to Las Vegas over the weekend. Or his fondness for fun. Or his A-list celebrity status that has shaken up things in Northeast Ohio. “I don’t live my life according to you guys or according to what other people think of me,” Manziel said Wednesday after Read More…

Browns Commentary: Johnny Manziel’s Vegas vacation isn’t a crime, but it shows questionable judgment at the wrong time

Johnny Manziel talks to the media on Friday.

The conversation reached suburban Dayton at a family party where plenty of adult beverages were consumed and no work was done. Did it matter that Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was in Las Vegas partying for Memorial Day weekend? The buzzing backyard was divided, as are most things when Manziel is the subject of the Read More…

Johnny Manziel subject of ‘joke’ $25 million lawsuit

Johnny Manziel talks to the media on Friday.

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is the subject of what appears to be a hoax lawsuit filed in district court in Florida. The sexual harassment lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and $25 million in punitive damages for “emotional distress.” The lawsuit, dated May 2 and filed May 16, is filled with spelling mistakes and Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer says he wants to make a difference

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BEREA — As the rest of Northeast Ohio exploded when Johnny Manziel was picked by the Browns, Brian Hoyer had a more muted response. “It was almost a sense of relief when he was drafted, because I knew exactly right then and there what it was going to be,” Hoyer said Wednesday after an organized Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel won’t be “warm and fuzzy”

Brian Hoyer, left, and Johnny Manziel will vie for the Browns starting quarterback job.

AKRON — The highly anticipated quarterback competition between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie first-round draft choice Johnny Manziel promises to be hotly contested. Just like Browns coach Mike Pettine wants it. “They’re ultra-competitors,” he said Monday. “We don’t want guys who are going to be warm and fuzzy. They’re fighting for a job. It’s somebody Read More…