December 20, 2014

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‘My heart was broken:’ Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins explains why he wore shirt

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BEREA — With tears filling his eyes, Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins got to the heart of his decision to wear a T-shirt calling for justice in the deaths of a Cleveland boy and an Ohio man at the hands of police officers over his uniform jersey Sunday during introductions before the game against the Bengals. Read More…

Brian Dulik: This wasn’t the debut Johnny Football had envisioned

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Johnny Manziel will have many more opportunities to wreck this league, but his first NFL start went as well as the Titanic’s initial showdown with an iceberg. The rookie quarterback was overmatched — and completely overwhelmed — from start to finish Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Browns 30-0. Johnny Football threw two terrible Read More…

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill makes Browns look real bad

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill runs away from Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill may have put his foot in his mouth with comments made after a Week 10 loss to Cleveland, but on Sunday he used both feet to stomp out just about whatever remained of the Browns’ playoff hopes. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound rookie from LSU ran the ball 25 Read More…

Browns Notes: Secondary takes injury hit

Cleveland’s Joe Haden tries for an interception Sunday during a loss to the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Haden left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury. (AP photo)

CLEVELAND — Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert are the latest additions to the Browns’ long list of injuries, both being hurt Sunday in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pro Bowl honoree Haden exited with a right shoulder injury, while Gilbert was diagnosed with a possible concussion later in the second quarter. Read More…

Bengals 30, Browns 0: Johnny Manziel’s 1st start a giant dud

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CLEVELAND — The giant steel ball struck first on Cleveland’s third offensive play. It didn’t stop swinging until the demolition was complete. The Cincinnati Bengals wrecked Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start Sunday at a stunned and silenced FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns expected energy and fire in the much anticipated beginning of the Manziel Era. Instead, Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Pregame Update: LeBron wishes Johnny luck; inactives; points of interest; important numbers; the prediction

CLEVELAND — The Johnny Manziel era begins today at 1 p.m. at what will be a raucous FirstEnergy Stadium. Manziel, the No. 22 pick in the draft in May, will make his first NFL start as the Browns (7-6) host the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1). “Best of luck to my lil brother @jmanziel2 on making his Read More…

Hype covers world for Johnny Manziel’s first start with Browns

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Coach Mike Pettine’s most notable decision of the week was turning to Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback. The easiest was picking the offense to be introduced before the game. With the crowd asking to be whipped into a frenzy, Pettine is going to feed it. Manziel’s time is finally here, and it’s been embraced Read More…

Safety Jim Leonhard filling in nicely for Browns

Cleveland Browns defensive back Jim Leonhard returns an interception against the Indianapolis Colts Dec. 7 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns safety Jim Leonhard is a well-respected pro playing for his fifth team in his 10th NFL season. The Wisconsin native also is considered an on-field coach by Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, so much so that he defers to Leonhard’s judgment in complex sets. Yet, despite all of those facts, there is Read More…

Hall of Famer Jim Brown applauds LeBron James, other athletes for non-violent protests

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, wears an "I Can't Breathe" shirt before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York. A social activist most of his adult life, Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown has been encouraged to see athletes make powerful societal statements and voice their opinions in the wake of recent protests around the country. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

BEREA — Hall of Famer Jim Brown, an activist for 50 years, is proud of the athletes who took a stand by non-violently protesting recent deaths of black men after encounters with police officers. “I just like the leadership that they’re showing, and nobody can get the kind of attention that they can get,” Brown Read More…

Browns coordinator Kyle Shanahan will let Johnny be Johnny

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks to quarterback Johnny Manziel during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has an idea how Johnny Manziel will play in his first start Sunday against the Bengals. It looks a lot like Manziel’s Heisman Trophy-winning days at Texas A&M. “I’m sure it’s going to happen pretty fast, we call a pass play and he’s going to do six spins, reverse Read More…