December 20, 2014

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(UPDATED) Browns Pregame Update: Rookie CB Justin Gilbert inactive with illness; points of interest; relevant numbers; prediction

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert, the No. 8 pick in May, won’t play today against the Bills after being ruled out this morning with illness. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. for a game with serious playoff implications. Cleveland is 7-4, Buffalo 6-5. Gilbert is Cleveland’s No. 4 corner, so it’s not Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine helped build Bills’ formidable defense, now he has to find way to beat it

Mike Pettine was set to return to Buffalo. He had transformed the Bills into an attacking sack machine in his first year as their defensive coordinator — and out of Rex Ryan’s giant shadow. But 180 miles west along the shores of Lake Erie, the Browns’ circuitous and clumsy coaching search found its way to Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel said he tried to avoid fight, blames ‘very intoxicated, very aggressive’ person

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel was done for the night and an elevator ride from being in his apartment. He had let his guard down. “As I was waiting for my elevator, I was approached by what has been made out to be a fan,” Manziel said Friday. “This was a very intoxicated, very aggressive person Read More…

Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins has no hard feelings against Browns

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins smiles during warmups Monday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

BEREA — Mike Pettine was certain the Browns were going to draft Sammy Watkins. The Clemson wide receiver also was convinced he was coming to Cleveland. The Buffalo Bills, however, had other ideas — and made an offer the Browns couldn’t refuse. Buffalo acquired the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft, which it Read More…

Browns: Brian Hoyer, Joe Thomas believe in Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon moves against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann Sunday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson )

BEREA — Brian Hoyer’s faith in Josh Gordon on the field is obvious. In Gordon’s return Sunday from a 10-game drug suspension, Hoyer targeted him 16 times, including twice on interceptions. The trust isn’t confined to gameday. “We welcomed him back with open arms,” Hoyer said Wednesday. “Not just because of the player he is, Read More…

Scott Petrak: Hey, Browns fans, it’s OK to talk playoffs

Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Chris Kirksey walks off the field after the Cleveland Browns beat the Atlanta Falcons, 26-24, Sunday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Coach Mike Pettine was right Monday when he said it’s too soon for the Browns to start studying the standings. It’s not too early for the rest of us. With five games left, the Browns (7-4) are smack-dab in the middle of the AFC playoff picture. Only three teams have a better record — New Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine, WR Andrew Hawkins never lost faith in QB Brian Hoyer

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer recovers his own fumble as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Prince Shembo defends Sunday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

As Brian Hoyer chastised himself Sunday night for his two fourth-quarter interceptions, coach Mike Pettine and his team celebrated their quarterback’s comeback. Hoyer regrouped mentally and completed four straight passes for 61 yards to set up Billy Cundiff for the winning 37-yard field goal in the 26-24 victory over Atlanta. “I don’t think there’s ever Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel allegedly involved in fight early Saturday morning

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before a game against the Houston Texans in Cleveland. Police were called to The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel didn’t leave the sideline Sunday, but was back in the news Monday. Manziel was involved in an altercation at about 2:30 Saturday morning at The 9 in downtown Cleveland. The alleged victim’s account to the police claimed “Johnny Football and his entourage” assaulted him in a brawl by the elevators, Read More…

Browns Notes: Safety Tashaun Gipson to miss rest of regular season with knee injury

Cleveland Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson is helped onto a cart after being injured during the second half Sunday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

Free safety Tashaun Gipson is likely done for the regular season with a torn right medial collateral ligament. It’s yet to be determined if the Browns will keep him on the roster in the hopes he can return if they make the playoffs. The Browns (7-4) haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2002. “The timing Read More…

Brian Hoyer leads Browns to last-second win over Falcons

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ATLANTA — Brian Hoyer was reeling. He had just thrown his second careless interception of the fourth quarter with the Browns trying to hang onto the lead. His face showed the disappointment and disgust in himself. Things only got worse when Matt Bryant made a 53-yard field goal with 44 seconds left to give the Read More…