October 22, 2014

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Browns notes: Big win has downside as Pro Bowl center Alex Mack suffers broken leg

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, left, is surrounded by teammates before he is taken off the field with an injury in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Browns center Alex Mack will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken left lower leg Sunday, a league source confirmed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured on a running play in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mack was immediately placed in an air Read More…

Browns Pregame Update: Joe Haden, Paul Kruger active, Ahtyba Rubin inactive; 3 points of interest; relevant numbers; the prediction

CLEVELAND — Browns cornerback Joe Haden (hip) and outside linebacker Paul Kruger (back) are active for the game today against the Steelers at 1 o’clock at FirstEnergy Stadium. Nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) is inactive, further depleting the defensive line. The three starters were listed as questionable on the injury report Friday. In a surprise Read More…

Browns need to avoid another slow start, too much Ben Roethlisberger to beat Steelers, get back in AFC North race

The Browns set an NFL record by coming back from a 25-point deficit last week to beat the Titans. They know 0-3 in the AFC North is an even more daunting hole, one that would be nearly impossible to overcome. That would come with a loss today to Pittsburgh. “You can’t fall to 0-3 in Read More…

Johnny Manziel: NCAA needs to change, start paying players

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel will never have to worry about money again, having signed his first NFL contract and several multimillion dollar endorsement deals. The Browns rookie quarterback, however, believes he should have been paid while playing football at Texas A&M over the past three seasons. “I think college football is at a big crossroads Read More…

(UPDATED): Browns CB Joe Haden, LB Paul Kruger, NT Ahtyba Rubin listed as questionable for Sunday vs. Steelers

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden plays against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

BEREA — Cornerback Joe Haden (hip), outside linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) were listed as questionable for Sunday’s pivotal game against the Steelers. Haden returned to practice this morning after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a sore hip. He stretched, backpedaled, ran and leaped to catch passes during the Read More…

Browns Notes: CB Joe Haden misses practice again; Justin Gilbert, Robert Nelson preparing in case

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert makes a catch during practice at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday. The rookie cornerback was benched last week at Tennessee and the No. 8 overall pick has had a rough NFL introduction. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice for the second straight day with a hip injury, putting his availability in doubt for the Browns’ game Sunday against Pittsburgh. Undrafted rookie Robert Nelson and first-round pick Justin Gilbert continued to take reps with the starting defense, but coach Mike Pettine declined to speculate Read More…

Browns No. 1-ranked offensive line draws label of ‘football nerds’ from coaches

The Browns offensive line blocks as Ben Tate runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

BEREA — Joe Thomas, the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle likely on his way to the Hall of Fame, has a master’s degree in hand and foot placement. John Greco, the journeyman right guard who’s found a home 75 miles northwest of where he grew up in Youngstown, stood in the middle of the locker Read More…

Suspect Browns secondary starts prepartions for Steelers with CB Joe Haden sidelined by sore hip

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden rides a stationary bike during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday. Haden's injured hip could force Browns coach Mike Pettine to make some adjustments to his shaky secondary this Sunday against Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Joe Haden, with his hip hurting, rode the stationary bike and did crunches under the watchful eye of the training staff. Justin Gilbert worked on his technique with an assistant coach. Buster Skrine explained to reporters what happened on the 75-yard touchdown on which he was burned Sunday against the Titans. Steelers quarterback Read More…

Browns DL Phil Taylor has arthroscopic knee surgery, will miss at least a few weeks

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker scrambles away from Cleveland Browns defensive end Phil Taylor Sunday. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

BEREA — The Browns have a giant hole on their defensive line. Six-foot-3, 335-pound Phil Taylor is out following arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning on his right knee. The team said he’ll be re-evaluated in a few weeks. “Surgery was a success! Thanks for all the prayers! #RoadToRecocery (sic),” Taylor tweeted along with a picture of Read More…

Browns analysis: Team on track to finish better than .500

I despise jumping to conclusions and I’m fully aware the Browns season is only four games old. But I’m ready to change my preseason prediction. The Browns will finish better than the 6-10 I predicted a little more than a month ago. At the time, I thought six wins might be too generous given the Read More…