February 9, 2016


Browns coach Mike Pettine says team needs to find starting QB in offseason

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he’d be “scared if we had a game this week” with the QB situation the way it is. AP FILE PHOTO

INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine visited Johnny Manziel in rehab last week and reported he’s in “a much better place” than when he checked in last month. But Manziel’s admission of a problem with addiction with no timetable for a return — on top of his disappointing rookie season – has the Browns in the Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sticking with GM Ray Farmer, disputes claims of dysfunction

In this July 27, 2014 file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer, left, talks with owner Jimmy Haslam during NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio. Haslam has no plans to fire general manager Ray Farmer, who is at the center of a texting investigation by the NFL. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

BEREA — Browns general manager Ray Farmer isn’t going anywhere. Owner Jimmy Haslam revealed Wednesday that Farmer admitted privately to sending text messages to the sideline during games, breaking an NFL rule against electronic communication. Despite the infraction, Haslam remains committed to Farmer as the head of his football operations. “Ray feels terrible about it,” Read More…

Golf: Tiger Woods withdraws during 1st round with tightness in back

Tiger Woods is driven off the course in a cart after withdrawing during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO — In an ominous start to his season, Tiger Woods walked off the course after 11 holes Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open because of tightness in his lower back that he attributed to a fog delay. It was his third straight PGA Tour event that he missed the cut or withdrew, and Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns QB Johnny Manziel enters treatment, asks for privacy


As reporters crowded him on getaway day following the season, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s internal conflict bubbled to the surface. The personal struggle became public domain Monday when his adviser confirmed Manziel entered treatment Wednesday. “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend Read More…

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


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…