November 26, 2014

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Browns WR Josh Gordon officially off suspension; team excited for his return, but trying to manage expectations

BEREA — Josh Gordon smiled and waved at the media horde as he walked out of the locker room. He wore a Baylor hoodie and basketball shorts, Nike boots with fluorescent yellow and a fur-lined hunting hat with the flaps down to cover his ears. Gordon was officially back with the Browns on Monday following Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns defense dealt pair of big blows: LBs Jabaal Sheard, Karlos Dansby expected to miss significant time with injuries

BEREA — If the Browns are going to make a playoff push, they’ll have to do it without a pair of defensive stalwarts. Coach Mike Pettine said Monday that outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot) could miss the rest of the season and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) may be out “upwards of a month” following Read More…

(UPDATED) Texans 23, Browns 7: Cleveland’s 3-game winning streak, possession of 1st place end with ugly loss

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and strong safety D.J. Swearinger sack Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first quarter Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP Photo)

CLEVELAND — So long, first place. See ya, three-game winning streak. Welcome back, doubts. The Browns were riding high after a prime-time win in Cincinnati, but their stay alone atop the AFC North lasted exactly a week. It ended Sunday with a 23-7 flop against the Houston Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns fell to Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns still confident, await Josh Gordon’s return

The Browns’ stay atop the AFC North Division lasted a week. It ended with a thud Sunday as the Houston Texans manhandled Cleveland 23-7 at FirstEnergy Stadium. That thud, specifically, was the sound of All-NFL defensive end J.J. Watt delivering a bone-crushing hit — and there were many — as the Texans temporarily deflated the Read More…

Browns notes: Running back Ben Tate a forgotten man against old team

CLEVELAND — Running back Isaiah Crowell made his first NFL start Sunday in the Browns’ 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans, while Ben Tate was virtually invisible against his former team. Crowell — an undrafted rookie from Alabama State — rushed for a team-high 61 yards on 14 carries, including a 35-yarder that was Cleveland’s Read More…

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt dominates Browns offense, even catches touchdown pass

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — J.J. Watt is an unstoppable force, and the Browns had no immovable objects to counter the talented Texan. Houston’s dynamic defensive end forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, had four tackles — three solo, including two for a loss — and sacked Brian Hoyer for a loss of 6 yards in Houston’s 23-7 Read More…

Browns Pregame Update: Safety Tashaun Gipson in starting lineup; points of interest, relevant numbers, the pick

CLEVELAND — Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson quickly recovered from a concussion and is in the starting lineup for today’s game vs. the Houston Texans. Kickoff at FirstEnergy Stadium is set for 1 o’clock. Gipson looked like his ballhawking self in pregame warmups after missing three practices during the week after being diagnosed with a Read More…

Watt’s the problem? For the Browns, it’s definitely dynamic Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt lines up over the tackles, the guards and the center. He sees a few snaps at tight end. He’s in the end zone more than most offensive players, becoming the first man in more than 50 years to score on an interception, a fumble recovery and a reception. He’s on Read More…

Safety Tashaun Gipson listed as questionable after concussion, hopes to play Sunday, keep Browns’ streak going

BEREA — Tashaun Gipson wants to keep the good times rolling Sunday against the Texans. He’s not talking about the run of forced turnovers that has him leading the league with six interceptions. The free safety’s focused on the team’s three-game winning streak and five victories in the last six games. “A lot of things Read More…

Browns DL Phil Taylor out for season, needs another knee surgery; S Tashaun Gipson returns to practice, listed as questionable

BEREA — Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor needs another surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, coach Mike Pettine announced this afternoon after practice. Taylor missed four games following arthroscopic surgery Oct. 8, and returned Nov. 6 in the 24-3 win over Cincinnati. He practiced Tuesday, then was shut Read More…