September 22, 2014

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Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham makes plays, but Browns defense makes more

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham catches a 9-yard touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Jimmy Graham got his at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, but the Browns got the win. As expected, Graham, an All-Pro tight end, was a force for New Orleans’ high-flying offense — catching 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees. But an inspired effort and big plays from Cleveland’s Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel makes uneventful debut

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel rolls away from pressure against the New Orleans Saints Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told a white lie when he said Johnny Manziel “probably” wouldn’t play Sunday against the Saints. Maybe he was just trying to keep New Orleans defensive coordinator and former Browns assistant coach, Rob Ryan, honest. Manziel, Cleveland’s high-profile rookie quarterback, made his regular-season debut in the Browns’ 26-24 win, Read More…

Browns: Scoring summary from 26-24 win over Saints

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Miles Austin celebrates after a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints. (AP Photo/David Richard)

FIRST QUARTER BROWNS 7, SAINTS 0: Miles Austin 3 pass from Brian Hoyer (Billy Cundiff kick), 5:59. DRIVE: 9 plays, 51 yards. TIME OF POSSESSION: 3:36. KEY PLAYS: After sacking Saints quarterback Drew Brees deep in New Orleans territory, the Browns got good field position, starting the scoring drive on their own 49-yard line. Hoyer Read More…

Browns 26, Saints 24: Billy Cundiff wins home opener with FG with 3 seconds left

Cleveland Browns place kicker Billy Cundiff kicks a 29-yard field goal against the New Orleans Saints with three seconds left on the clock to win, 26-24. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND – Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left to give the Browns a 26-24 win at FirstEnergy Stadium. It’s their first home-opening win since 2004. Receiver Andrew Hawkins caught a 28-yard pass from Brian Hoyer to set up the kick. Hawkins was uncovered down the right side. The winning drive Read More…

Browns Pregame Update: TE Jordan Cameron, LB Barkevious Mingo inactive for today’s game vs. Saints; 3 points of interest; numbers to watch; the pick

CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is inactive for today’s home opener against the Saints at 1 p.m. His right shoulder was injured when he fell on it last week after making a catch against the Steelers, and he didn’t practice all week. He had been listed as questionable. Not having the Pro Bowler Read More…

Slow start not an option for Browns against Drew Brees, Saints

Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson paid Saints quarterback Drew Brees the highest of compliments. “Any receiver that he has to throw the ball to he can make them look a lot better than they are,” Gipson said Friday. “Not saying anything about the receivers they have, he’s just that kind of quarterback.” Gipson has the Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns: Josh Gordon expected to return this season, but still get 10-game suspension

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Receiver Josh Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season, is on the verge of playing again this year. The NFL Players Association board of representatives voted Friday to approve changes to the league’s substance abuse policy — effective immediately and applied retroactively — that will largely reduce the punishments Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon expected to have suspension reduced to 8 games, per ESPN report

Josh Gordon

Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s suspension is expected to be reduced to eight games when a new drug policy is approved, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning, citing a source. The policy could be approved as early as this afternoon. The 32 union representatives were told Thursday night they would review the policy today and potentially Read More…

Browns offensive line clears the way in first game in coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns line up Sunday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

BEREA — The offensive linemen were huffing and puffing, but they just kept knocking down the Steelers. The hurry-up offense the Browns turned to in the second half of the opening loss is hardest on the 300-plus-pound men in the trenches, but that didn’t stop Cleveland’s starting five from controlling the line of scrimmage. That’s Read More…

Browns Notes: Union vote on drug policy expected Friday; Cleveland rep pushing for Gordon reinstatement

Josh Gordon

BEREA — The NFL Players Association representatives will review and potentially vote on a new drug policy Friday, union spokesman George Atallah tweeted Thursday night. Safety Johnson Bademosi is the Browns’ rep and said Thursday he hoped a new policy would pass and allow suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon to return to the field. “I Read More…