September 20, 2014

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Browns’ D’Qwell Jackson putting his injuries in the past

Browns middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson looks on during training camp practice Wednesday. Jackson has missed 26 games the past two seasons due to a pair of torn pectoral muscles. (AP photo.)

BEREA — D’Qwell Jackson couldn’t believe it was happening again. Making a routine play during a training camp practice last August, he felt it. The same sensation he had 10 months earlier when his left pectoral muscle tore against the Steelers. This time it was the right pec. Another surgery, another lost season. “I was Read More…

Browns note: Cribbs still speaking out against new kickoff return rule

Browns wide receiver and return star Josh Cribbs stretches Wednesday during Browns practice. Cribbs doesn’t like the new kickoff rule but said he will still find ways to be effective. (AP photo.)

BEREA — Joshua Cribbs, the NFL’s all-time leader with eight kickoff returns for touchdowns, has been a vocal critic of the new kickoff rules since they were announced in March. He still doesn’t like the decision to move the kick forward 5 yards to the 35-yard line but says he will succeed anyway. “Good returners Read More…

Browns notes: Jim Tressel visits Browns practice

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel talks with Browns coach Pat Shurmur during practice in Berea on Tuesday. Wide receiver Juan Nunez is on the right. (AP photo.)

BEREA — Jim Tressel was back on the sideline Tuesday morning, just blocks from where he grew up. But he didn’t blow a whistle, call a play or shout an instruction. On a gorgeous day to watch football practice, that’s all the former Ohio State coach did. Tressel, who was forced to resign in May Read More…

Browns: Peyton Hillis, Eric Steinbach, T.J. Ward suffer minor injuries

BEREA — The Browns had three notable players stop practicing Wednesday, but coach Pat Shurmur downplayed the severity of the injuries. Left guard Eric Steinbach walked into the fieldhouse with a trainer and didn’t return. Shurmur said his back tightened and the move was precautionary. Running back Peyton Hillis felt his hamstring “just a little Read More…

Colt McCoy learned from Brett Favre this summer

Favre

BEREA — Colt McCoy grew up idolizing Brett Favre. He even wore his No. 4 in high school. So when he found himself with the legendary quarterback’s phone number, some free time this summer and a thirst for knowledge of the West Coast Offense, it just made sense for McCoy to contact Favre. Even though Read More…

Ex-OSU coach Jim Tressel visits Browns camp

BEREA – Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel returned to the sideline Tuesday in his hometown. Tressel, forced to resign by OSU in May, watched Browns training camp Tuesday morning between the practice fields. He talked with quarterback Colt McCoy, Browns coach Pat Shurmur and president Mike Holmgren. After practice, he shook hands and talked Read More…

Good sign: Browns’ Montario Hardesty takes a hit

Hardesty

BEREA — “Stay up!” is the unofficial slogan of NFL training camps. Coaches want hard hitting but they can’t afford injuries, so they preach to the players to stay on their feet. Then they scream “Stay up!” every time someone goes to the ground during practice. Browns running back Montario Hardesty failed to stay up Read More…

Browns notes: Favre helped out Colt McCoy

BEREA — Browns quarterback Colt McCoy spent two days over the summer with Brett Favre, in hopes of better learning the West Coast Offense. The Browns confirmed the NFL Network’s report on the subject Monday, and said McCoy initiated the sessions. The duo met near Favre’s home in Hattiesburg, Miss., where the Hall of Fame-bound Read More…

Browns: RB Montario Hardesty returns to practice

BEREA – Browns running back Montario Hardesty returned to practice Monday after missing two weeks. He participated in the team drills, including a physical inside running drill in which he was tackled to the ground. He took several repetitions and appeared to come through the full-pad practice OK. Hardesty said he was glad to be Read More…

Browns’ Colt McCoy off to a fast start

Colt McCoy surveys the situation as he drops back to pass  against the Green Bay Packers in Saturday’s preseason opener. McCoy looked comfortable in the Browns’ new West Coast Offense and had the stats to prove it. (AP photo.)

With most of the 90 players on the Browns roster seeing action Saturday night, the coaches had tons to process Sunday as they watched the film from the 27-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Before they moved onto the tooth-and-nail position battles for the final roster spots, coach Pat Shurmur and his staff likely Read More…