February 26, 2015

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Browns notes: Phil Dawson’s year has had lots of ups, downs

BEREA — Phil Dawson has been on an emotional rollercoaster since the end of last year, when he believed his Browns career was over. The veteran kicker sold his home on the west side and moved back to his native Texas, only to have Cleveland tag him as its “franchise player” just before the NFL Read More…

Brutal finish should tell Browns plenty

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BEREA — Five games in six weeks. Three in 12 days. AFC North time has arrived. When the NFL schedule came out in April, there was no escaping the brutal finish assigned to the Browns. It finally gets here Sunday in Cincinnati, and appears even more daunting than first thought. Not only are perennial playoff Read More…

Browns RB Montario Hardesty practices

BEREA – Browns running back Montario Hardesty practiced today after missing the last three weeks with a calf tear. Shurmur said Hardesty will start Sunday against the Bengals if he’s healthy, but Chris Ogbonnaya will see action regardless. Ogbonnaya has started the last three weeks and rushed for a career-high 115 yards Sunday in a Read More…

Learning some things about Browns’ rookie coach

We’re learning more about Pat Shurmur every week. That’s only natural, considering it’s his first year in Cleveland. Shurmur must be learning about himself, too, as he experiences a variety of things for the first time as a head coach. He remains comfortable in his own skin — if the Browns turn into a playoff Read More…

A win means not having to say sorry for Browns

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BEREA — What if Browns cornerback Joe Haden hadn’t gotten a grip on Jaguars receiver Jason Hill’s left wrist and prevented him from making the winning catch? What if the Jaguars had managed the clock better and gotten off another play? What if they gave the ball to running back Maurice Jones-Drew? What if the Read More…

Browns notes: Stephens gets promoted; Mitchell demoted

BEREA — Emmanuel Stephens has taken Jayme Mitchell’s starting job at right defensive end. “Stephens is the starter,” coach Pat Shurmur said Monday. “Coach’s decision. “We felt like he played well the week before. And we felt like he warranted being the starter. That’s it.” Stephens has played in eight games for the Browns and Read More…

Browns coach Pat Shurmur says QB Colt McCoy’s right shoulder is fine

BEREA – Browns coach Pat Shurmur said this afternoon quarterback Colt McCoy’s right shoulder is fine and he expects him to practice all week in preparation for the game Sunday in Cincinnati. McCoy took a couple of big hits Sunday in the 14-10 win over Jacksonville but didn’t miss a snap. He went 17-for-24 for Read More…

Bad-luck Browns finally catch a break

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CLEVELAND — Not again. Not another missed field goal — with a hint of controversy — that would doom the Browns. Not one more brutal home loss in the final minutes. Not a defensive collapse at the most critical time to ruin an otherwise solid performance. Not this time. More photos below. The bad-luck Browns Read More…

Browns notes: Phil Dawson fumes over call

CLEVELAND — For the second straight game, Browns kicker Phil Dawson was involved in a critical fourth-quarter play Sunday afternoon. Dawson’s 38-yard field goal attempt with 2:49 remaining was ruled wide right, but Cleveland still managed to escape with a 14-10 win over Jacksonville. The kick soared above the top of the 30-foot yellow upright, Read More…

Browns’ Colt McCoy showing signs of life

Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has experienced many lows during his two NFL seasons, so he had no qualms about celebrating a rare high Sunday afternoon. “We deserved this one. Our team deserved this one,” McCoy said after Cleveland’s 14-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. “We are just starting to do things right, starting to get Read More…