November 22, 2014

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Browns get back to work quickly with huge Thursday night game against Bengals approaching fast

Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas blocks during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Joe Thomas’ week will include extra massages and stretching. The Pro Bowl left tackle doesn’t have a midseason spa vacation planned, rather a Thursday night game in Cincinnati with first place in the AFC North on the line. “They’re pretty tough,” Thomas said Monday of short weeks. “Especially as you get older, you don’t start Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie RB Terrance West has rebounded from rough stretch by practicing hard, running straight ahead

Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West (28) runs untouched into the end zone on a two-yard touchdown catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Terrance West learned his lesson. Make that, lessons. The rookie running back is practicing hard and going straight ahead in short yardage after a rough stretch last month. “He’s done a nice job,” left tackle Joe Thomas said Sunday after West played a big role in the 22-17 win over Tampa Bay. “I think a Read More…

Browns notes: Special teams special in victory

Cleveland Browns defensive back Jim Leonhard (30) and inside linebacker Craig Robertson celebrate after Robertson blocked a Cleveland Browns punt in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns recovered and scored a touchdown later on a pass to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ special teams came up big Sunday in their 22-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensive end Billy Winn blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt by Patrick Murray in the first quarter, while linebacker Craig Robertson deflected a punt by Michael Koenen in the fourth. The two plays led to Cleveland Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer draws peers’ praise

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel catches a touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer has had to fight off blitzing linebackers, tricky secondary schemes and a glaring national spotlight on backup Johnny Manziel this season. The Browns starting quarterback even had to battle through boos from the FirstEnergy Stadium crowd Sunday afternoon. But Hoyer continued to do what he’s done since arriving in Cleveland … Read More…

Brian Dulik: Times could be changing in Browns Town

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) recovers the ball after a blocked field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden has experienced a handful of highs and a whole lot of lows during his five seasons with the Browns. That’s why he can’t help but smile about the current state of the franchise. “Things have changed quite a bit, to be 5-3 is just amazing,” Haden said. “Five games is Read More…

Browns beat Buccaneers, improve to 5-3, set up showdown in Cincinnati

Browns running back Terrance West scores on a two-yard reception in the third quarter of Cleveland’s win over the Buccaneers on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP photo)

CLEVELAND — Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas has been on a lot of bad Browns teams in his eight years. He sees a significant difference in the current edition. “We’re doing a good job of finding a way to win at the end,” he said. Quarterback Brian Hoyer is in only his second year Read More…

Browns trail Bucs 17-16 after three quarters

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded touchdowns in the third quarter, allowing the Buccaneers to maintain their one-point lead, 17-16, heading into the fourth. The Browns opened with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took up the first six minutes of the second half. The drive was capped by a 2-yard touchdown Read More…

(Updated) Browns pregame update: Points of interest; key numbers; prediction

CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Jim Dray will start in place of Jordan Cameron, who’s out with a concussion, this afternoon against Tampa Bay. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cameron was injured last week in the 23-13 win over Oakland when he took a shot to the head from safety Brandian Ross, Read More…

Browns in a rush to get stalled running game rolling again

The Browns were dominant running the ball the first five games. Creases and cutback lanes were readily available, all three running backs hit them on time and the yards came in chunks as the Browns ranked third in the league with 146.4 yards per game. The run game has run into a brick wall the Read More…

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger back in groove, having fun

BEREA — Paul Kruger’s first season with the Browns was steady, but unspectacular. It also wasn’t in line with the five-year, $40.5 million contract he signed. This fall, however, the outside linebacker is making up for lost time and earning every penny he’s being paid. Kruger has a team-high five sacks, including a career-best three Read More…