March 30, 2015

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


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

Josh Gordon

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


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


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

Johnny Manziel

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


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…