Injury report for Browns vs. Ravens (Week 3)
Out: Running back Ben Tate (knee). Questionable: Tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder). Probable: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin (knee), defensive ends Desmond Bryant (wrist) and John Hughes (hamstring), punter Spencer Lanning (shoulder), offensive lineman Paul McQuistan (ankle) and cornerback Buster Skrine (thumb).
Doubtful: Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee). Questionable: Running back Bernard Pierce (thigh). Probable: Quarterback Joe Flacco (illness), cornerback Asa Jackson (concussion), offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (knee) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (back).To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On the chance of rain on Sunday: “It’s looking like it. The last report I got (indicates) it will rain early. (It will) hopefully blow on through by kickoff, but you never know. We do know there should be a decent amount of wind, but we’ll see. Like we said before, our theory of all-weather could potentially get tested.”
On what is more difficult – throwing a wet ball or catching a wet ball: “I just saw (QB Brian) Hoyer almost get his nose broken. I think both are tough. I think it’s something that you have to work on. It’s important for the quarterback; they have to adjust their grip a little bit. It’s something that I’m sure over time here we’re going to have to deal with.”To read more or comment...
Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon has officially been reinstated into the NFL, and his season-long ban stemming from a positive marijuana test in the offseason has been reduced to a 10-game suspension under a revamped substance-abuse policy.
The NFL and NFL Players Association reached an agreement on a revised policy Friday.
Gordon has already served two-tenths of his suspension by missing the first two games of the season, so he must sit out the Browns' next eight games, including their matchup Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. He will be eligible to play again Nov. 23 when the Browns visit the Atlanta Falcons.
Gordon is now allowed to work out and attend meetings at the Browns' headquarters. He won't be allowed to practice until the week leading up to his first game back. The season-long ban permitted him to meet with his clinician at the team's facility, but it prohibited from working out and attending meetings.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Thursday before practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “Just before we start I want to give a shout-out to Ma’ake Kemoeatu. I was in Baltimore when we signed him as an undrafted free agent, got to know him very well. He’s very tight with (defensive line coach) Anthony Weaver. ‘Weave’ was like a mentor, big brother to him. He went from a guy that just…undrafted guy, nobody thought he had a chance and turned into a heck of a player, went on to have a pretty good career. The recent news, very touching, just donated a kidney to his brother. It was ironic that on draft day we were on the phone with his brother Chris to sign him after the draft as a defensive lineman, and he said, ‘Wait, I have another phone call.’ It was the Steelers, they had drafted him in – I think it was – the sixth or seventh round. Today’s climate, most recent climate of the NFL is starved for some positive news, and this is certainly a piece that I think deserves a lot of attention.”
On if he was encouraged by what TE Jordan Cameron was able to do yesterday at practice: “Yeah, cautiously optimistic. He was able to move around. We weren’t in pads. Today will be a better test, just a little bit of contact to see how he responds.”
On why Baltimore is the toughest challenge that the Browns will have faced to date: “Just because of what we’ve seen on tape. When you put on what they did to Pittsburgh on that Thursday night game. That was a dominant performance in all phases. The film doesn’t lie. It was easy to say that about Pittsburgh when it was the opener, but Baltimore’s obviously looking to get back from where they were from the Super Bowl. They took a step backwards last year, but you just look at since 2008 – since (Ravens Head Coach) John (Harbaugh) took over – you could argue that I don’t know if there’s a franchise that’s had more success, multiple AFC Championship games, Super-Bowl win. The success, it speaks for itself. Obviously, they’re trying to get back to that. It didn’t show up Week 1, but certainly did last week.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday before practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “New week, new challenge. Makes it a little bit more involved with this one because it is a division opponent. This is a good football team. The film doesn’t lie. I don’t think they were really themselves – they’ll be the first ones to admit it – when they played Cincinnati. I think you saw how they want to play going back to the Thursday night game. It’s a big challenge for us. I think it’ll be our stiffest challenge to date, and just wanted to make sure our guys got re-focused today in the team meeting and just still (have) that ability to compartmentalize wins and losses and move onto the next one I think is critical for our success moving forward. We’re two games in, and the guys I think have done a good job realizing that essentially the only thing the Saints game did for us was guarantee that we won’t go 0-16. I have a lot of respect for this franchise we’re getting ready to go against having spent some time there, knowing a lot of people down there that I worked with – a lot of respect for it. Having that information, it’s easy to figure out how big of a challenge this is going to be for us.”
On if there has been any recent news on the length of WR Josh Gordon’s suspension: “No news, and I know there’s talk with upper level of management, but I’m bunkered in. We’ve got team meetings. We’ve got group meetings. Then, we go into position meetings. Until he’s here and we get official word, then I’ll deal with it at that point, but at this point, I think there’s still a lot of stuff floating out there as far as what – and I’ve heard a lot of different things, and it’s just hard to react to it until we actually get definitive word from the league.”To read more or comment...