January 31, 2015

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50th anniversary of Browns’ 1964 championship reminder of great victory, 5 decades of frustration

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown picks up a trophy presented to the members of the Browns’ 1964 team at Severance Hall in 2004.

Joe Thomas is in the running for understatement of the millennium. “We’re due,” he said. He wasn’t referring to the Browns’ late-season skid. Or their playoff drought that has reached 12 years. Or their 20 years without a postseason victory. Thomas, the Pro Bowl left tackle and future Hall of Famer, was talking about the Read More…

Browns: Undrafted rookie QB Connor Shaw to start finale Sunday in Baltimore

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine has made it official: Connor Shaw will start at quarterback in the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. The undrafted rookie from South Carolina was named the starter Friday when Brian Hoyer was unable to practice because of an injured right shoulder and biceps. Shaw will become Cleveland’s 22nd Read More…

Browns rookie Justin Gilbert admits he ‘messed up,’ promises to work ‘a lot harder,’ says he’ll be ‘great’

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert was defiant to start the interview session Friday. After a week of pointed public criticism from teammates and coaches, he said he didn’t struggle with maturity issues this season, was hurt by comments from safety Donte Whitner and linebacker Karlos Dansby and didn’t know what it took to be Read More…

Browns: QB Connor Shaw has had an eventful year

Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw runs away from Chicago Bears defensive end Austen Lane in the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Cleveland. With both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel out with injuries, the rookie quarterback is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against a Baltimore Ravens team fighting for a playoff spot. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

BEREA — Connor Shaw has already had a year to remember. A start Sunday in Baltimore in his NFL debut would add a final chapter he couldn’t have imagined six weeks ago. “It’s been such a blessing. It’s such an awesome year for me and my family to be able to live my dream and Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine not ready to give up on first-round picks Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel

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BEREA — The Browns have played 15 games. The first round of the draft has yielded four starts — two each for cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel. The play on the field has been suspect, and just as bothersome has been the behavior off the field. Manziel admitted Tuesday he didn’t take the Read More…

Browns: Humbling first year for Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel began his rookie season on the bench and will finish it on injured reserve. Obviously, the man known as “Johnny Football” is not pleased with his first year in the NFL, which consisted of just two starts. “My (left) hamstring is hurt enough to keep me out this week, Read More…

Browns: Joe Thomas, Joe Haden, Tashaun Gipson named to Pro Bowl

BEREA — Three members of the Browns are headed to the NFL Pro Bowl. Tackle Joe Thomas, cornerback Joe Haden, and free safety Tashaun Gipson were named Tuesday to the annual all-star game, which will take place Jan. 25 in Glendale, Ariz. “All three are deserving of the honor and have worked extremely hard and Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookies Justin Gilbert, Terrance West struggle off field, too

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BEREA — Top draft pick Justin Gilbert and third-round selection Terrance West are squarely in the Browns’ doghouse. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the rookies’ benching one day earlier against Carolina occurred for multiple reasons, not just poor practice habits, as he claimed after the 17-13 loss. “Some of it was on the Read More…

Browns may look to third-string QB Connor Shaw

Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw warming up before an NFL preseason game against the Washington Redskins.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)

Johnny Manziel’s rookie season got going late and finished early. Manziel was ruled out for the season finale Sunday in Baltimore with a “significant” left hamstring injury. He was hurt Sunday in a 17-13 loss to Carolina and exited in the second quarter. Brian Hoyer finished the game but sustained a right shoulder injury that Read More…

Johnny Football, Browns flattened vs. Panthers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johnny Manziel’s foot slipped on a throw, leading to an injured left hamstring and a short afternoon. The Browns’ annual late-season slide reached four games with a 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Slip slidin’ away has been the soundtrack for the past month. With all hope Read More…