September 21, 2014

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Browns cut QB Rex Grossman, add 4 players, including WR LaRon Byrd, RB Glenn Winston

BEREA — Rex Grossman’s time as the Browns’ third quarterback was short-lived. He was signed after training camp started, didn’t play until Thursday’s preseason finale, made the 53-man roster Saturday and was cut Sunday. Coach Mike Pettine left open the door for a return, calling the roster “very fluid.” The Browns added four players off Read More…

Wide receiver Nate Burleson among cuts as Browns trim roster to 53

Nate Burleson

The committee has been chosen. The Browns will use a receiver-by-committee approach following the suspension of All-Pro Josh Gordon for the season, but veteran Nate Burleson won’t be on it. He was cut Saturday as the NFL required teams to get down to the regular-season roster limit of 53. Undrafted and undersized rookie Taylor Gabriel Read More…

Browns notes: Fans’ excitement for Manziel doesn’t translate to offense

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel shakes hands with fans after a 33-13 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The excitement level in the stands rises significantly when rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel takes the field. Coach Mike Pettine doesn’t believe that translates to an increase in energy in the huddle compared to when starter Brian Hoyer is running the show. “Yeah, I don’t agree with that,” he said Friday on a conference call. “They Read More…

Next step for Browns: Reducing the roster

Decisions, decisions. Make that decisions, decisions, decisions, decisions. Browns general manager Ray Farmer and the coaching staff met Friday as they prepared to trim the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 by 4 p.m. today. Coach Mike Pettine said no moves had been made when he talked to reporters Friday afternoon on a conference Read More…

Browns offense finally clicks, does some good things in 33-13 win over Bears

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer and the starting offense got the touchdown drive they needed heading into the season. Johnny Manziel was a mixed bag of magic and misses — exactly what the sparse crowd came to see. Mike Pettine got his first win as a head coach since 2001, when he was stalking the sidelines Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon’s flirtation with CFL ends quickly

Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND — Oh, Canada. Josh Gordon hardly knew ye. Gordon, Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver, was weighing his options Thursday, a day after the NFL upheld the indefinite suspension that will sideline him for the 2014 season. He considered playing in the Canadian Football League, according to a league source, but quickly found out that wasn’t possible. Read More…

Browns Notes: Tonight’s game last chance for players to prove they belong

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) returns a kick during a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. Tonight's preseason game is the last chance for many players to prove they belong on the roster. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The moment of truth has arrived for the two-dozen Browns players on the bubble to make the team. Cleveland’s preseason finale tonight against the Chicago Bears will mark the final time that some of those athletes will ever put on a football uniform. It’s a cruel reality about life in the NFL — Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon appeal denied; WR suspended for the season

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon steadfastly refused to take responsibility for his actions, even after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was formally banned from the league for the entire 2014 season on Wednesday, paying the price after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Read More…

(UPDATED) BREAKING: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Josh Gordon

The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…

Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel at ease as backup quarterback, but eager to help team

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel watches the preseason game against the Rams from the bench Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is comfortable in his role as the backup to Brian Hoyer. But with that said, the rookie from Texas A&M would love to see some action when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “I would be extremely excited to get on the field and help Read More…