October 1, 2014

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Browns RB Ben Tate out for Saints game; TE Jordan Cameron, OLB Barkevious Mingo “day-to-day”

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate carries the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. Pittsburgh won 30-27(AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — Browns starting running back Ben Tate has a sprained knee and won’t play Sunday in the home opener against the Saints. Coach Mike Pettine ruled him out and said he will “miss some time,” but wouldn’t get specific. NFL Network reported Tate will miss 2-to-4 weeks. Pettine said tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) Read More…

Josh Gordon still waiting for word on new NFL drug policy

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As suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon waited to see if a new NFL drug policy would allow him to return to the field, he worked at his new job. According to a picture posted on Twitter, Gordon sold his first car at a dealership based in Portage County. Gordon can report back to the showroom Read More…

Browns sign tight end Gerell Robinson as Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron deals with shoulder injury

The Browns signed tight end Gerell Robinson off the Denver Broncos practice squad Tuesday, a move that means starter Jordan Cameron may miss some time with an injury. AP FILE

The Browns added depth at tight end Tuesday, signing Gerell Robinson off Denver’s practice squad. The move could mean Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron will miss time after aggravating his sprained shoulder Sunday in the 30-27 loss to the Steelers in the opener. He played only one snap in the second half. He said Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert could see playing time cut

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert tackles Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton Sunday in Pittsburgh.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert might be spending more time on the sideline after a poor debut Sunday against the Steelers. “Looking back on it, maybe he did play too many reps,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “We’re not looking to bench him, but maybe scale back his reps this week.” Joe Haden and Read More…

Browns like hurry-up option, but QB Brian Hoyer says they must improve ‘normal’ offense

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns line up Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — Mike Pettine’s Browns aren’t turning into Chip Kelly’s Eagles, but they proved Sunday they have the ability to step on the accelerator. Kelly brought the fast-paced Oregon offense to the NFL last year, and it translated as Philadelphia ranked second in total offense, first in rushing and fourth in points. He wants his Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine calls Ray Rice video ‘deeply disturbing’

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine had a strong reaction to the video of running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator. “I saw the video this morning,” Pettine said Monday. “Deeply disturbing, especially as a father that has two daughters. There’s just no place for that behavior in our society.” The video Read More…

(UPDATED) Cleveland battles back in second half, but loses to Steelers on field goal on final play

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin (11) makes a touchdown catch in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — The team leaders stood up at halftime and reassured the locker room they weren’t the “same old Browns,” there was plenty of time left and “crazy things happen.” They were right. Unfortunately for rookie coach Mike Pettine and the rest of the Browns, they boarded the buses back to Berea late Sunday afternoon Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer rallies team in 2nd half of loss, praises teammates’ fight

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH — Cries for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel were surely bellowing throughout Northeast Ohio. A CBS camera remained focused on him on the sideline. Veteran Brian Hoyer wasn’t done. He fought too hard to become the opening-day starter to watch his dream come crashing down so quickly. After an awful first half that included poor Read More…

Browns notes: Rookies give run game a lift

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell dives past Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Mike Mitchell for a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL football game on Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH — When Ben Tate left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, it could’ve meant the end of the Browns’ running game. But a pair of rookies stepped in and provided a reason to smile Sunday in the 30-27 loss to the Steelers. Third-round pick Terrance West replaced Tate as the Read More…

Scott Petrak’s Browns Predictions: No Gordon, no playoffs, but expect a better year

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The Browns won four games last year, in case you had forgotten the latest nightmare. I’ll use that as the baseline to determine my prediction for this season. Talent was added in running back Ben Tate, left guard Joel Bitonio, cornerback Justin Gilbert, safety Donte Whitner and linebackers Karlos Dansby and Chris Kirksey. That should Read More…