September 3, 2014

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Browns Notes: Josh Gordon’s flirtation with CFL ends quickly

Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND — Oh, Canada. Josh Gordon hardly knew ye. Gordon, Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver, was weighing his options Thursday, a day after the NFL upheld the indefinite suspension that will sideline him for the 2014 season. He considered playing in the Canadian Football League, according to a league source, but quickly found out that wasn’t possible. Read More…

Browns Notes: Tonight’s game last chance for players to prove they belong

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) returns a kick during a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. Tonight's preseason game is the last chance for many players to prove they belong on the roster. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The moment of truth has arrived for the two-dozen Browns players on the bubble to make the team. Cleveland’s preseason finale tonight against the Chicago Bears will mark the final time that some of those athletes will ever put on a football uniform. It’s a cruel reality about life in the NFL — Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon appeal denied; WR suspended for the season

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon steadfastly refused to take responsibility for his actions, even after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was formally banned from the league for the entire 2014 season on Wednesday, paying the price after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Read More…

(UPDATED) BREAKING: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Josh Gordon

The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…

Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel at ease as backup quarterback, but eager to help team

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the preseason game against the Rams from the bench Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is comfortable in his role as the backup to Brian Hoyer. But with that said, the rookie from Texas A&M would love to see some action when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “I would be extremely excited to get on the field and help Read More…

Browns Notes: Tight end Jordan Cameron excused from practice to deal with ‘an issue’

Browns running back Edwin Baker loses his helmet as he is tackled by Pittsburgh’s Will Allen last season. A second-year pro, Baker was one of 14 players released by the Browns on Monday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron did not attend practice Monday, but wide receiver Nate Burleson returned from a hamstring injury to take part in individual drills. Pro Bowl honoree Cameron — one of the team’s most important offensive players — is expected to be on the field today, according to coach Mike Pettine. Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says rookie Justin Gilbert must learn quickly from mistakes

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chris Givens slips away from Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert on a 75-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Coach Mike Pettine hopes rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert learned a valuable lesson from a humbling performance Saturday night in the 33-14 loss to the Rams. “The NFL is a tough road now for a rookie corner and the only silver lining is that he had a night like that heading into the regular season, that Read More…

Browns Mike Pettine says no time for panic, remains confident issues will be fixed before Steelers game

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan talks with quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

The clock is counting down, and each tick is louder than the last. Less than two weeks remain until the Browns open the regular season in Pittsburgh. “If we feel we’re not ready, nobody’s going to change Sept. 7 and push that back for us,” first-year coach Mike Pettine said Sunday on a conference call. Read More…

Browns Notes: Fans get first look at FirstEnergy Stadium remodel

One of two new video boards is shown in the east end zone at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland Friday. The first phase of a multi-million dollar makeover for the home of the NFL Cleveland Browns is being completed in time for the first home preseason game Saturday against the St. Louis Rams. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The marquee attraction wasn’t on the field Saturday when the Browns hosted the St. Louis Rams in preseason action. Instead, all eyes were on the $70 million worth of renovations to FirstEnergy Stadium, which had its seating capacity reduced to 67,160 as a result of the construction. “I don’t think any stadium has Read More…

Browns Commentary: Don’t worry, it’s only practice

The NFL calls them preseason games, but there is no truth in that advertising. They are nothing more than glorified practices against another team, exhibitions in every way. For that reason, the Browns did exactly what they were supposed to do Saturday in a 33-14 loss to the St. Louis Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland’s Read More…