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Report: Tucker released

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 31, 2009

Offensive lineman Ryan Tucker has been released, WKNR radio reported Monday afternoon.

On Monday morning, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reported that the 12-year veteran underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday.

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Quinn to start against Titans

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 29, 2009

While coach Eric Mangini cautioned not to read anything into it, Brady Quinn will be the Browns' starting quarterback in Saturday night's preseason home game against the Tennessee Titans.

Both Quinn and Anderson will play in the first half and the starters are expected to play into the third quarter.

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Tuesday, Aug. 26: Seemingly no urgency for Rogers

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 26, 2009

Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers, who has spent the past two weeks on exercise bike but did some sled drills Monday, was back to the bike Tuesday.

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Quotes, Notes and Observations from Tuesday's Browns practice

By Stephanie Storm Published: August 25, 2009

- WR Braylon Edwards made a nice, one-handed grab in the endzone on one series.
- DB Brodney Pool missed his second day of practice with what appears to be another concussion.
- Browns coach Eric Mangini said the idea of possibly using the versatile Josh Cribbs at defensive back hasn't been shelved completely.
"What I want to do is put him at one position and see where that went, where it progressed," Mangini said. "Then as we keep going, the potential to cross-train, I'm a big believer in that."
- Rookie WR Brian Robiskie talked with reporters after the game. He basically said he doesn't think he'd hit the proverbial "wall" mid way through camp like many football folks have suggested. Instead, he has just been trying to remain consistent and learn each day.
Mangini had an interesting take on players "hitting the wall" - especially rookies.
"I think with rookies, sometimes the wall hits them," the coach said. "They don't hit the wall, the wall hits them. It's a tough transition."
- Veteran DE Robaire Smith is still working out on his own the side, but both he and Mangini feel good about his progress in recovering from the ruptured left Achilles tendon that cost him a majority of last season.
"I've been really impressd with Robaire," Mangini said. "He's got an excellent work ethic. When he's on the field he works hard. You understand why guys hang around and watch him work."
- A new face joined the team for practice Tuesday as the Browns signed free agent DL Brian Schaefering. In addition, the club waived WR Paul Raymond.
Schaefering was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Browns in May 2008, but was later waived three months afterward and signed to Cleveland's practice squad Dec. 12. He was signed to the Jets active roster (see a pattern here?) on Dec. 30, where he stayed until once again being waived two months ago in early June.

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Monday, Aug. 24: Pool absent, Hadnot spotted

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 24, 2009

Browns coach Eric Mangini called the quarterback competition between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn ''very close,'' but continues to believe the starter will emerge in the next two weeks.

''I have experience with this before a couple of different times and I feel that it will probably follow the same path,'' Mangini said. ''If it doesn't and it's close then I'll make the decision and that will be the decision based on what I feel will give us the best chance to win.''

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A few observations from Saturday's game

By dan Published: August 24, 2009

- Rookie linebacker Kaluka Maiava can really hit. He was in the middle of several special teams plays. That will be his main role on the team this season.

- Rookie running back James Davis made his case to be the second-string running back. Current backup Jerome Harrison is injured, which allowed Davis to get 12 carries. He had only two against Green Bay.

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Former Brown reportedly has words with Kokinis

By dan Published: August 24, 2009

In case you missed it at the bottom of beat writer Marla Ridenour's story on James Davis, here's this interesting tidbit of information:

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Anderson to start

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 22, 2009

The Browns just announced that Derek Anderson will start at quarterback against the Detroit Lions.

Brady Quinn presumably will follow Anderson, but neither are expected to play much into the second half.

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Rough week for Heiden

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 21, 2009

Easing back into full contact after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery on Dec. 18, Browns tight end Steve Heiden dropped four passes in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Two snuffed a situational series on Wednesday led by quarterback Brady Quinn, one coming on fourth down.

Starting his 11th season, Heiden said he needs more practice time after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a Monday night game at Philadelphia.

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Thursday Aug. 20: Purcell hurt, Leonard hot

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 20, 2009

Defensive lineman Melila Purcell, a sixth-round pick in 2007 out of Hawaii, appeared to suffer a serious leg injury on a running play during scout team drills.

Purcell could not get up and grabbed his left ankle. He had to be taken off on a cart and could not put weight on his foot.

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Team signs linebacker McCune, guard Murray

By dan Published: August 20, 2009

The Browns made two roster moves today signing linebacker Robert McCune and guard Patrick Murray. To make room on the roster, offensive lineman Brandon Braxton and receiver Edward Williams were waived.

Murray played in one game last season for the Denver Broncos. McCune is on his fourth team since being taken by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent parts of last season on the Baltimore Ravens' roster.

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Camp concludes Wednesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 19, 2009

Four more training camp sessions will be open to the public -- Thursday Aug. 20, Monday Aug. 24, Tuesday Aug. 25 and Wednesday Aug. 26. All are scheduled from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Starting Thursday, parking will be a the St. Paul Lutheran Church (at Bagley and Eastland roads) and at The Station restaurant (at Depot and Front streets).

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Wednesday Aug. 19: QB battle could last a while

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 19, 2009

Coach Eric Mangini feels no urgency to choose his starting quarterback, even though the Aug. 29 preseason game against Tennessee generally serves as the dress rehearsal for the season.

''In terms of timetable, to me it's about going through and making the right decision, not the quick decision,'' Mangini said. ''You want to be sure that you've done the work to make sure that decision is correct.''

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Tuesday PM Aug. 18: Situational work

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 18, 2009

Coach Eric Mangini finished the session with another game scenario. First and goal at the 9, 23 seconds and the team trailing 28-20.

Derek Anderson hit Robert Royal for the touchdown on his first play, then Anderson ran for the tying two-point conversion.

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Tuesday AM Aug. 18: Mangini lets loose

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 18, 2009

After a mistake-filled 17-0 preseason-opening loss at Green Bay and two equally poor practices, Browns coach Eric Mangini blasted his team for continually ''bad football'' during the dog days of training camp.

''It's difficult for everybody around the league, everybody is tired and is experiencing the same thing,'' Mangini said. ''The important thing is whether or not you can continue to function effectively and get better at practice.

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Monday, Aug. 17: No starter named

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 17, 2009

Coach Eric Mangini said it was too early to name a starting quarterback, even though Brady Quinn put the Browns in position for 10 points in a 17-0 preseason-opening loss to Green Bay Saturday night.

Asked if there was any separation between Quinn and Anderson, Mangini said, ''I'm looking at it as a body of work and not really a horse race where you're kind of listing it at each point in the race.

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Browns release linebacker Ruud

By dan Published: August 17, 2009

From AP:

BEREA: The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Bo Ruud.

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Inside the box score

By dan Published: August 17, 2009

Reading over the box score from the Browns' 17-0 loss to the Packers Saturday, here are some that stuck out:

• Time of possession: Packers (39:56), Browns (20:04)
• Rushing yards: Packers (230), Browns (59)
• First downs: Packers (25), Browns (11)
• Third down conversions: Packers (7-14), Browns (3-11)
• Passes intercepted: Packers (2), Browns (4)
• Punts: Packers (1), Cleveland (4)
• Tackles made: Packers (32), Browns (56)

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Quinn to start vs. Packers

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 15, 2009

Brady Quinn will start Saturday night's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers, the Browns just announced.

It was not known if coach Eric Mangini based his choice on recent practices, a body of work during training camp and the off-season or the flip of a coin (just kidding!).

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Mack makes progress

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 14, 2009

Center Alex Mack, the 21st overall pick, may have led the Browns in penalty laps during the first week of camp. But Mack was pleased that his offenses dwindled last week.

To his credit, Mack sprints around the field at a much faster pace than his teammates.

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Thursday, Aug. 13: Dawson the hero

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 13, 2009

Kicker Phil Dawson drew a huge cheer as practice ended, hitting a 50-yard field goal to give his teammates the night off from meetings. Presumably they will still have curfew.

''Because of No. 4 we get to go home for a little while,'' receiver Braylon Edwards said.

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Stallworth releases statement about suspension

By dan Published: August 13, 2009

Suspended Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth released the following statement regarding his year-long suspension by the NFL.

“Commissioner Goodell called me this morning,” the statement read. “Obviously, I am disappointed, but, as I said previously, I accept the Commissioner’s decision. Regardless of the length of my suspension, I will carry the burden of Mr. Reyes’ death for the rest of my life.

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Mangini vague on Stallworth's future

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 13, 2009

Coach Eric Mangini gave no hint on whether he will release receiver Donte' Stallworth after the league announced a one-year suspension for Stallworth Thursday.

Until he is reinstated after the Super Bowl in February, 2010, Stallworth is prohibited from participating in any team activity. He pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter after striking and killing pedestrian Mario Reyes on March 14 in Miami Beach. His blood alcohol level was .126, well above Florida's legal limit of .08.

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Wed. Aug. 11: QBs debunk cheating story

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2009

Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn made light of Internet reports that said Anderson accused Quinn of giving the defense the hand signals during Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Several sites implied that Quinn was cheating to win the starting job.

When the radio transmitter failed in Anderson's helmet, hand signals were used to send in plays. Anderson, who had a pass at the goal line intercepted by linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, joked afterward that Quinn had tipped off the defense as to what the signals meant.

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Edwards hurt again

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2009

Browns receiver Braylon Edwards spent part of Wednesday afternoon's practice working out with the injured players on the exercise bikes and may have suffered an ankle injury.

The team's No. 1 receiver participated in individual drills and one observer saw Edwards catch his foot in the turf. Another saw him pointing to his ankle.

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Next week's camp schedule

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2009

With the start of preseason games, Browns coach Eric Mangini will hold two-a-days only once next week, the same as this week.

The team released the training camp schedule for Aug. 17-23.

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Mangini dismisses QB sabotage talk

By dan Published: August 12, 2009

This is from the Associated Press:

BEREA: Eric Mangini says his Cleveland Browns quarterbacks are competing, not cheating.

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Dental work sidelined Davis

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 12, 2009

Rookie running back James Davis of Clemson missed practice Tuesday night after having dental work, Browns coach Eric Mangini said Wednesday.

Davis has been one of the training camp standouts and is being mentored by Jamal Lewis. Davis broke all of Lewis's records at Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta.

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Tuesday PM Aug. 11: Davis missing

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 11, 2009

Rookie running back James Davis, who has dazzled thus far in training camp with his explosive burst and determined style, missed the evening practice and was not among the injured players riding the exercise bikes or working with the trainer.

Davis participated in the morning drills.

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Tuesday AM Aug. 11: Ratliff gets chance

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 11, 2009

Third-string quarterback Brett Ratliff, acquired in a draft-day trade with the New York Jets, got a rare opportunity with the first team in the two-minute drill and capped it with a touchdown toss to Braylon Edwards.

The pass appeared to be tipped at the line, but Edwards still managed to pull it in near the sideline against cornerback Brandon McDonald.

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First depth chart lists co-starting QBs

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 11, 2009

The Browns released their first depth chart under coach Eric Mangini Tuesday and quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn are listed as co-starters with a slash separating their names.

''I'm trying to avoid all the questions ... if you put a name there, he's the starter,'' Mangini said. ''Nothing really has changed. I had to submit a depth chart.''¶

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ESPN to feature Stallworth on 'E:60'

By dan Published: August 11, 2009

In tonight's episode of ESPN TV news magazine E:60, suspended Browns receiver Donte Stallworth will be featured in an interview with reporter Michael Smith. Here is a preview:

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Rookie Mack had tough assignment during scrimmage

By dan Published: August 10, 2009

One of the overriding themes during the Brown-White scrimmage was about how well first-round pick Alex Mack would hold up against Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.

By all accounts, Mack did not look so good. ESPN's Chris Mortenson defined Rogers as "virtually unblockable" during the scrimmage. No stats were kept during the tackle-free exhibition, but Rogers got to Browns quarterbacks for a "sack" twice.

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Lions bring in released Browns lineman

By dan Published: August 10, 2009

Although he was released for clashing with the new Browns coaching staff, Shaun Smith isn't expected to be without a job for long.

John Niyo of the Detroit News is reporting that Smith is in Detroit today meeting the Lions and getting a physical.

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SI's King has plenty to say about Browns

By dan Published: August 10, 2009

Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King was in attendance at the Brown-White scrimmage on Sunday and had a few thoughts in this week's Monday Morning Quarterback.

He's not too impressed.

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Mangini on Steptoe Injury: We Practiced the Way We Planned

By admin Published: August 10, 2009

Browns Coach Eric Mangini said Sunday that a practice session in driving rain Saturday wasn’t the reason for a player’s injury.

Wide receiver Syndric Steptoe went down with a torn labrum, according to his agent in a report in the Plain Dealer.  The injury will likely cause him to miss the entire season.  Jerome Stanley, Steptoe’s agent, accused Mangini of switching the practice from a run through for scrimmage Sunday to a full speed outing.

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Cleveland Browns: Team Makes Roster Move

By admin Published: August 9, 2009

The Browns signed former Houston Texans lineman Fred Weary Sunday, the team announced.

Weary started 43 of 63 games in which he played for the Texans since being drafted out of Tennessee  in the 2002 NFL Draft with the 66th pick in the third round.

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Training camp mini bomb - Shaun Smith released

By admin Published: August 8, 2009

BEREA – Cleveland Browns Coach Eric Mangini was vague Saturday when asked why the team released veteran defensive lineman Shaun Smith.
Smith, a six-year veteran entering his third year with the Browns, was released Saturday by the team.

‘’ We needed to create a roster spot and that’s what it came down to. We’ll eventually sign a player for the roster spot,’’ Mangini said Saturday afternoon.

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Updated: Training camp day 7: Of No. 2 receivers and Josh Cribbs

By admin Published: August 7, 2009

Evening practice update: It could be called nothing really to see here. But there was some strong play by the running backs, including Jamal Lewis and James Davis.

In the passing game, Braylon Edwards made a nice catch on a fade in the endzone.

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Training camp: Day 6 - big injury and more Stallworth

By admin Published: August 6, 2009

The big news out of Berea:

The offensive line is the first unit to take a hit on the injury front. Six-year veteran (two with the Browns) Rex Hadnot went down with an injury to his left leg.

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Training camp: Day 5 - Stallworth, Edwards and more

By admin Published: August 5, 2009

A.M. Notes

Big surprise:

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ESPN: Stallworth to meet with commissioner

By dan Published: August 5, 2009

ESPN.com is reporting that Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell this afternoon.

ESPN's source did not know specifically what will be discussed at the meeting. Stallworth was suspended indefinitely on June 18. That followed a 24-day jail sentence for Stallworth, who was convicted DUI manslaughter after fatally hitting a man with his car in Miami.

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Training Camp: Day Four

By admin Published: August 4, 2009

BEREA - Rookie running back James Davis has been following Jamal Lewis for much of his playing career.

The two played for the same school, Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta, years apart and now find themselves on the same professional team.

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Monday PM Aug. 3: Hubbard's Day

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2009

Second-year receiver Paul Hubbard, a sixth-round pick from Wisconsin, showed he wants to be considered in the mix for the No. 2 wide receiver job with his best day as a Brown.

After a great catch in the morning session, snatching a Brady Quinn pass out of the air on a crossing route, Hubbard followed it up with four good catches in the evening, one in individual drills.

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Mining gold from training camp reports

By dan Published: August 3, 2009

My favorite part about training camp is finding the little bits of information that doesn't get heavily reported upon. Here are a few things that stuck out today:
- The team is tackling during training camp, a rarity during Romeo Crennel's time as head coach.
- Left guard Eric Steinbach has added "15 to 20 pounds" of good mass. A silly offseason rumor was that head coach Eric Mangini didn't like Steinbach's light playing weight last season and that Steinbach could be cut because of it. That was highly improbable regardless, but it's nice to see Steinbach will be even stronger this season. It's likely he is left tackle Joe Thomas' backup as well as starting beside him.
- The first team offensive line during today's practice was Thomas, Steinbach, Alex Mack, Floyd Womack and Ryan Tucker.
- Brady Quinn unleashed a pass today that flew 55 yards in the air. Who said he had a weak arm?
- Every time running back James Davis has been mentioned since rookie minicamp, it's been solid praise. It will be interesting to see how he contributes in his first season. What really stood out is that Mangini talked highly of Davis' pass blocking.
- Defensive lineman Shaun Smith is reportedly down to 320 pounds. At times last season he was over 350. The weight drop should help his quickness, a trait greatly lacking among the Browns' defensive ends last season.
- Line from Tony Grossi's report today: (Kamerion) Wimbley seems to be everywhere on the field.

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Monday AM Aug. 3: Heiden cleared

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 3, 2009

Steve Heiden wouldn't call it a success story.

''I haven't done anything, I've practiced once. I'm keeping it at that,'' he said.

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Cool way to follow training camp

By dan Published: August 3, 2009

Stuck in the office but in need of up-to-the-minute training camp coverage? Check out the Orange and Brown Report's Twitter feed. Good stuff from Barry and the gang.

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Sunday Aug. 2

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 2, 2009

The Browns may be unfamiliar with the no-huddle offense, but that's wasn't any excuse for a meltdown a little more than halfway through Sunday's lone practice.

Rookie center Alex Mack was the first offender, messing up the snap count as a defender rushed quarterback Derek Anderson unblocked. Ten-year veteran Hank Fraley was summoned as Mack took a lap. A few plays later linemen Isaac Sowells and Kurt Quarterman were flagged for penalties and joined Mack. Then Fraley's snap went into the ground.

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Saturday PM Aug. 1

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2009

With the extensive renovation in Berea, the Browns may as well have added a running track around the practice field. The second practice of training camp turned into a lap-fest.

Among those making mistakes that drew coach Eric Mangini's penalty were defensive linemen Shaun Rogers, Corey Williams and Melila Purcell (who did two), quarterback Brady Quinn and quarterback Derek Anderson and rookie center Alex Mack (for a botched exchange).

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Saturday AM Aug. 1

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 1, 2009

Receiver Braylon Edwards and rookie cornerback Coye Francies, both on the reserve-non-football injury list, were dressed in shorts and jerseys, but did not participate in drills. Coach Eric Mangini gave no details and said they would be back on the field when they were cleared to participate.

Edwards, who was still limping, said his is the continuation of a problem that also sidelined him during the June minicamp. He would not confirm the rumor that he was hurt playing basketball, referring questions to Mangini.

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