January 26, 2015

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Browns rookie Justin Gilbert admits he ‘messed up,’ promises to work ‘a lot harder,’ says he’ll be ‘great’

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert was defiant to start the interview session Friday. After a week of pointed public criticism from teammates and coaches, he said he didn’t struggle with maturity issues this season, was hurt by comments from safety Donte Whitner and linebacker Karlos Dansby and didn’t know what it took to be Read More…

Browns: QB Connor Shaw has had an eventful year

Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw runs away from Chicago Bears defensive end Austen Lane in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Cleveland. With both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel out with injuries, the rookie quarterback is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against a Baltimore Ravens team fighting for a playoff spot. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

BEREA — Connor Shaw has already had a year to remember. A start Sunday in Baltimore in his NFL debut would add a final chapter he couldn’t have imagined six weeks ago. “It’s been such a blessing. It’s such an awesome year for me and my family to be able to live my dream and Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine not ready to give up on first-round picks Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel

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BEREA — The Browns have played 15 games. The first round of the draft has yielded four starts — two each for cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel. The play on the field has been suspect, and just as bothersome has been the behavior off the field. Manziel admitted Tuesday he didn’t take the Read More…

Browns may look to third-string QB Connor Shaw

Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw warming up before an NFL preseason game against the Washington Redskins.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)

Johnny Manziel’s rookie season got going late and finished early. Manziel was ruled out for the season finale Sunday in Baltimore with a “significant” left hamstring injury. He was hurt Sunday in a 17-13 loss to Carolina and exited in the second quarter. Brian Hoyer finished the game but sustained a right shoulder injury that Read More…

Johnny Football, Browns flattened vs. Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johnny Manziel’s foot slipped on a throw, leading to an injured left hamstring and a short afternoon. The Browns’ annual late-season slide reached four games with a 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Slip slidin’ away has been the soundtrack for the past month. With all hope Read More…

Browns’ Johnny Manziel looking toward next season

Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel walks off the field after being injured in the first half against the Carolina Panthers Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johnny Manziel walked to the locker room with head down, towel draped over it. A left hamstring injury had ended his afternoon, and possibly his rookie season, with 1:49 left in the first half. When the 17-13 loss to the Panthers was over Sunday, his eyes were up and focused on 2015. Read More…

Browns notes: Pettine keeps rookies on the bench

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton is tackled by Cleveland Browns' Donte Whitner and Pierre Desir Sunday. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rookie coach Mike Pettine tried to teach rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert and rookie running back Terrance West a lesson Sunday by reducing their playing time. Gilbert, the No. 8 pick, didn’t play until the second quarter of Cleveland’s 17-13 loss to Carolina. West was active, but didn’t play at all. “Neither of Read More…

Panthers 17, Browns 13: Johnny Manziel leaves game with hamstring injury as Cleveland drops 4th straight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Browns dropped their fourth straight game, and the evaluation of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was put on hold. The afternoon was a lose-lose. The Panthers scored a touchdown with 7:07 left to beat the Browns 17-13 at Bank of America Stadium. The Browns (7-8) have dropped five of six. They conclude Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Pregame Notes: CB Joe Haden inactive; playoffs no longer possibility; points of interest; important numbers; prediction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Browns cornerback Joe Haden is inactive for today’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a shoulder injury. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Haden bruised the rotator cuff in his right shoulder last week in the 30-0 loss to the Bengals when he dived on an interception attempt and landed hard on the Read More…

Browns, Johnny Manziel confident last week was just a bump in the road

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Humbled, not shaken. Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start wasn’t what he hoped or expected. The disaster of a debut — a 30-0 loss to the Bengals — all but eliminated the Browns from the playoff chase and called into question, for some, Manziel’s ability to succeed at this level. Coordinator Kyle Shanahan Read More…