August 22, 2014

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Browns’ Hillis pulling his weight on the field … and off

CLEVELAND – Peyton Hillis has been dragging cars and all-terrain vehicles around the streets back home in Arkansas to stay in shape during the NFL lockout. On Saturday, the Browns’ bulldozing back planned to pull a fire truck across a football field. “Yeah, I’m going to give it a try,” Hillis said Friday night. “We’re Read More…

Lockout or not, many of the Browns are practicing

The Browns may or may not open training camp in Berea at the end of the month. They are at the mercy of the lingering lockout. But the work stoppage won’t keep the Browns from getting some work in over the next several days. Many Cleveland players are scheduled to practice together this weekend and Read More…

Browns coach Pat Shurmur’s goal: To stay cool, ready

AKRON — Browns coach Pat Shurmur described his life during the NFL lockout as a “head-up, knees-bent” situation. Shurmur has told numerous players countless times over the years to keep their head up and knees bent. It means be in a physical position that allows you to adjust to whatever comes your way. Shurmur has Read More…

Browns: Pat Shurmur ready, and waiting, for chance to coach

AKRON — Browns coach Pat Shurmur described his life during the NFL lockout as a “head-up, knees-bent” situation. Shurmur has told numerous players countless times over the years to keep their head up and knees bent. It means be in a physical position that allows you to adjust to whatever comes your way. Shurmur has Read More…

Browns looking for a break parking rent if games aren’t played

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are concerned about the NFL labor dispute and have asked for a rent discount on more than 5,000 parking spaces on docks near their lakeside stadium. The first round ended in a tie Wednesday, with the local port authority board voting 3-3. One member was missing, and the issue will Read More…

Browns’ Pat Shurmur staying upbeat, busy despite labor woes

AKRON — Coach Pat Shurmur heard the news Monday on his way to talk to 500 Browns fans desperate for a football fix. The owners had won the latest court decision, and the NFL lockout will continue. The next court date is June 3. Shurmur could’ve locked the door to his office and screamed. He Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns GM Heckert off to good start, but there’s a lot of work left to do

NFL free agency was supposed to start in March. It didn’t. It still hasn’t. And for the first time, the league held its draft before free agency. An appeals court granted a stay Friday, overturning a judge’s decision Monday to side with the players and end the lockout. The appeals court will decide this week Read More…

NFL Draft notes: New Browns fullback Owen Marecic was two-way star at Stanford

BEREA – Owen Marecic accomplished something last year that may never be duplicated in college football. Marecic, a fourth-round pick of the Browns on Saturday, scored touchdowns within 13 seconds of each other as Stanford beat Notre Dame. If that weren’t amazing enough, the first came on offense as a fullback, the second on defense Read More…

Browns say draft went according to plan

BEREA – When general manager Tom Heckert traded the sixth pick Thursday night, the tone was set for the Browns draft. Heckert wasn’t interested in making a splash with one potential superstar. He’d pass on the 80-yard touchdown for a series of sustained scoring drives. Heckert didn’t have any illusions about the weekend. He wasn’t Read More…

NFL Draft: Browns’ final pick is Nebraska safety Eric Hagg

BEREA — The Browns concluded their draft Saturday night by taking Nebraska safety Eric Hagg with the 248th pick. Hagg (6-foot-1 1/2, 209 pounds) was an All-Big 12 pick after five interceptions and 49 tackles as a senior. He was named team MVP and won the character award. He started the majority of games his Read More…