January 29, 2015

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Browns WR Josh Gordon reportedly fails another drug test

Browns receiver Josh Gordon stretches before a game against the Panthers in December. He reportedly failed another drug test and faces a suspension of at least a year. (AP photo)

Browns receiver Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble. Or on the field. Gordon faces a one-year suspension after failing another drug test, according to multiple reports Sunday. The failed test was for alcohol, per reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Profootballtalk.com. Alcohol is prohibited only if a player’s treatment plan in the substance-abuse program Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam commits to coach Mike Pettine, GM Ray Farmer for 2015

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam chose stability — for a change. In the minutes following a 20-10 season-ending loss to the Ravens on Sunday, Haslam said he’ll “absolutely” keep coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer for next season. “I think they’ve done a good job,” Haslam said. “Listen, we’re all disappointed. We’re Read More…

Ravens 20, Browns 10: Cleveland ends season with 5th straight loss

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, left, pulls in a catch for a first down in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden in the second half Sunday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BALTIMORE — The Browns hung tough into the fourth quarter this afternoon, but another season ended with a long losing streak. Connor Shaw couldn’t keep up with Joe Flacco, and the Ravens rallied for the 20-10 win at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens (10-6) qualified for the playoffs with the win and San Diego’s loss Read More…

Browns Johnny Manziel threw party Friday; Justin Gilbert late for another meeting Saturday

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BALTIMORE — Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s pledge to take his job more seriously didn’t make it through the weekend. Neither did rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert’s. Manziel threw a party Friday night that was attended by receiver Josh Gordon and other teammates, according to multiple reports. Gordon was suspended by the team when he missed the Read More…

Browns suspend Gordon for season finale at Baltimore

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BALTIMORE — Josh Gordon will end the season as he started it. On suspension. The Browns suspended the troubled receiver Saturday for the finale today against the Ravens after he missed a walkthrough in the morning at team headquarters. He didn’t fly with the team, and his future with the Browns is in doubt. Quarterback 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…

Panthers 17, Browns 13: Johnny Manziel leaves game with hamstring injury as Cleveland drops 4th straight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Browns dropped their fourth straight game, and the evaluation of rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was put on hold. The afternoon was a lose-lose. The Panthers scored a touchdown with 7:07 left to beat the Browns 17-13 at Bank of America Stadium. The Browns (7-8) have dropped five of six. They conclude Read More…

‘My heart was broken:’ Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins explains why he wore shirt

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BEREA — With tears filling his eyes, Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins got to the heart of his decision to wear a T-shirt calling for justice in the deaths of a Cleveland boy and an Ohio man at the hands of police officers over his uniform jersey Sunday during introductions before the game against the Bengals. Read More…

Bengals 30, Browns 0: Johnny Manziel’s 1st start a giant dud

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CLEVELAND — The giant steel ball struck first on Cleveland’s third offensive play. It didn’t stop swinging until the demolition was complete. The Cincinnati Bengals wrecked Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start Sunday at a stunned and silenced FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns expected energy and fire in the much anticipated beginning of the Manziel Era. Instead, Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine leaning toward making switch to rookie QB Johnny Manziel

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BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine sounds like he’s seen enough of quarterback Brian Hoyer, whose rapidly declining play has been a primary factor in the team’s recent slide. So cue the band and contact ESPN: Rookie Johnny Manziel is in line to make his first NFL start Sunday against Cincinnati. Pettine said Monday he hadn’t Read More…