December 20, 2014

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‘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…

QB Brian Hoyer bombs again as Cleveland’s playoff hopes dealt big blow by Colts’ comeback

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is sacked by Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden in the first quarter Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Playing for his job and quite possibly his future in Cleveland, quarterback Brian Hoyer came up short. And long. And wide. In the biggest game of his career, he was again a shadow of his former self, misfiring repeatedly as his personal slide stretched to four games. And rookie Johnny Manziel never left Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he hasn’t decided who will start at QB next week

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine reacts during the second half against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Coach Mike Pettine didn’t commit to sticking with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel next week against the Colts following a 26-10 loss to the Bills. Pettine yanked Brian Hoyer this afternoon in the fourth quarter, and Manziel saw his first significant playing time of the season. Hoyer managed a field goal in Read More…

Bills 26, Browns 10: Johnny Manziel replaces struggling QB Brian Hoyer, scores TD in ugly loss

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — With each inaccurate incompletion, foolish interception and failed trip inside the red zone, coach Mike Pettine inched closer to the move that could define his first season. When Brian Hoyer was intercepted for the second time by safety Da’Norris Searcy early in the fourth quarter Sunday, Pettine had reached his tipping 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…

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 26, Falcons 24: Billy Cundiff kicks winning field goal as time expires

ATLANTA — The Browns had the game, lost it and got it back. The end is all that matters. Billy Cundiff made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift Cleveland to a 26-24 win inside the Georgia Dome. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had thrown two fourth-quarter interceptions, led the final drive. He was Read More…

(UPDATED) Texans 23, Browns 7: Cleveland’s 3-game winning streak, possession of 1st place end with ugly loss

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and strong safety D.J. Swearinger sack Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer in the first quarter Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. (AP Photo)

CLEVELAND — So long, first place. See ya, three-game winning streak. Welcome back, doubts. The Browns were riding high after a prime-time win in Cincinnati, but their stay alone atop the AFC North lasted exactly a week. It ended Sunday with a 23-7 flop against the Houston Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns fell to Read More…