May 28, 2016

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Browns finale, like season, just plain sad

Pat Shurmur’s eyes glistened during his postgame news conference, while Joshua Cribbs’ voice wavered as he stared at his jersey. Frostee Rucker even had to force a smile, though it was obvious he wasn’t the least bit happy. Pro football may be a huge business played and coached by millionaires, but at its core, it Read More…

Browns lose finale to Steelers, with coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert expected to be fired Monday

PITTSBURGH — Pat Shurmur stood alone in the middle of Heinz Field early Sunday afternoon watching his players warm up one last time. Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner talked on the sideline about 35 yards away. Shurmur could’ve reached his bosses with a pass, yet they didn’t converse. “I have not spoken to Read More…

Browns, coach Pat Shurmur lose season finale to Steelers 24-10

PITTSBURGH – Pat Shurmur’s career as Browns coach is expected to be over by Monday. If that’s the case, he ended with a 24-10 loss to the Steelers. The Browns played hard – sometimes too hard – in the season finale, but a few crucial mistakes cost them. They finished 5-11 and haven’t won at Read More…

Steelers lead Browns 17-10 after 3 quarters

PITTSBURGH – Things heated up in the third quarter in the season finale at Heinz Field. The Browns and Steelers scored touchdowns, and the pushing, shoving and trash-talking reached a new level. The Steelers led 17-10 entering the fourth quarter following a 9-yard touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. The Browns had tied the Read More…

Browns trail Steelers 10-3 at halftime

PITTSBURGH – The Steelers converted a Josh Gordon fumble into a touchdown with 47 seconds left in the second quarter and led the Browns 10-3 at halftime. Gordon, Cleveland’s rookie receiver, caught a quick hitch on second-and-10 from the Cleveland 25-yard line but lost the ball fighting for yardage. He injured an ankle on the Read More…

Browns, Steelers scoreless after 1st quarter

PITTSBURGH – The Browns and Steelers played a scoreless first quarter today at a quiet and two-thirds-full Heinz Field. Cleveland quarterback Thaddeus Lewis has looked good in his first NFL action, but ended a promising drive with an interception in the red zone. He rolled right and threw directly to safety Troy Polamalu at the Read More…

Notes: Assistant coach Gary Brown believes Trent Richardson will be top-flight RB

BEREA — Trent Richardson didn’t meet the expectations of many, including himself, in an injury-marred rookie season, but running backs coach Gary Brown believes he will become one of the NFL’s elite runners. “He has that type of ability,” Brown said Friday. “I promise you this, we haven’t seen the best of him. We’ve seen Read More…

Browns QB Thaddeus Lewis excited to get first NFL start, but team will be missing a lot

BEREA — After preparing all week as if he would start Sunday in Pittsburgh, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis got the official word from coach Pat Shurmur after practice Friday. “You’re the man,” Shurmur told him. Lewis remained on the field after it had emptied and threw passes to receiver Greg Little under the watchful eyes of Read More…

Browns: Weeden, McCoy and Richardson ruled out for Steelers game

BEREA – Browns coach Pat Shurmur announced this afternoon that quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and running back Montario Hardesty will start Sunday’s season finale in Pittsburgh. Quarterbacks Brandon Weeden (sprained right shoulder) and Colt McCoy (sprained right shoulder) and running back Trent Richardson (sprained ankle) didn’t practice all week and were ruled out for the Steelers Read More…

Browns trying to keep possible changes from dominating their thoughts

BEREA — Defensive end Frostee Rucker spent the final week of the 2011 regular season in Cincinnati preparing to go to the playoffs. A year later, Rucker is getting a crash course on how things work in Cleveland at this time of year. No playoffs, plenty of complaining and the probability of change quickly following Read More…