May 6, 2015

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Browns Notes: Oberlin High graduate Hugh Thornton makes debut for Colts, sees time with starters

INDIANAPOLIS – Hugh Thornton’s NFL preseason debut was delayed two games by an ankle sprain. The time on the sideline only heightened his anticipation for Saturday night. “I can’t emphasize enough how excited I am to get out there and play,” he said Thursday in a phone interview. Thornton, an offensive lineman, graduated from Oberlin Read More…

Making strides: Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes what he sees so far, but is far from satisfied

Even defensive coordinator Ray Horton has gotten caught up in the hot start by the first-team offense. “I give us an incomplete, but I give them an A,” he said. Horton was being modest. The starting defense has been just as efficient as the starting offense through preseason victories over the Rams and Lions. Norv Read More…

Browns pick up offensive lineman John Moffitt in trade with Seahawks

The Browns traded for insurance at right guard Monday, acquiring center/guard John Moffitt from Seattle for defensive end Brian Sanford. Moffitt (6-foot-4, 319 pounds) has 15 starts in two seasons after the Seahawks drafted him in the third round out of Wisconsin in 2011. He started nine games as a rookie before suffering a knee Read More…

Browns notes: Bruised lung to keep No. 6 pick Barkevious Mingo out indefinitely; more tests planned

BEREA — Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is scheduled to have more tests on his bruised lung and a timetable for his return to the practice field has yet to be determined. “I think he’s going to go through some tests soon,” CEO Joe Banner said Monday. “It’s still fairly open-ended. Hopefully we’ll get more Read More…

Receiving attention: Browns expecting Travis Benjamin to make an impact catching the ball as well as returning it

BEREA — Travis Benjamin made the play of the game in the preseason opener vs. the Rams. He sprinted across the field, turned the corner and was gone — untouched — on a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. On Thursday against the Lions, he had an 82-yard return for a touchdown called back by Read More…

Browns Notes: WR David Nelson returns to practice after frustrating bone bruise in knee

BEREA — Receiver David Nelson wasn’t able to practice for almost a year after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament. That wasn’t as tough as spending the last two weeks on the sideline with a bone bruise in the same knee. “I’d say these past few weeks were harder than the entire year,” he said Read More…

Browns coordinator Norv Turner excited by offense’s start, pleased with QB Brandon Weeden’s progression

BEREA – Norv Turner referred to himself as a realist, but sounded quite optimistic when discussing the offense’s hot start. Yes, he was reminded it’s the preseason. “I’m excited. Our players are excited. I hope our fans are excited,” Turner, the offensive coordinator, said Sunday. The first-team offense has had six drives in two games Read More…

Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo spends Friday night in hospital; Dion Lewis will have surgery on broken leg

Dion Lewis

Top draft choice Barkevious Mingo was kept at the Cleveland Clinic for a second night Friday so doctors could observe his bruised lung. Change-of-pace running back Dion Lewis will need surgery on his broken left fibula and could miss the season. Right guard Jason Pinkston is expected to miss the start of the regular season Read More…

Browns Notes: Oft-injured RB Montario Hardesty leaves practice with thumb injury

BEREA – Running back Montario Hardesty can’t catch a break. In only his second snap in team drills since July 31, Hardesty suffered a thumb injury Monday and left practice. He had missed nine of the first 14 practices with hamstring issues. “It’s a tough deal,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We will see what the Read More…

Browns CB Buster Skrine making push for starting job he desperately wants

BEREA — The No. 3 cornerback almost qualifies as a starter in today’s pass-happy NFL. Offenses use three- and four-receiver sets so frequently, the nickelback can be on the field for as many as 80 percent of the defensive snaps. Almost isn’t good enough for Buster Skrine. “Everybody wants to be a starter in the Read More…