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Browns running back Montario Hardesty will miss time with calf injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2011

Browns tailback Montario Hardesty is expected to miss multiple games following his calf injury sustained Sunday at San Francisco, coach Pat Shurmur confirmed. Shurmur said there is "a moderate tear" in the calf.

"It's going to take him time to heal up," Shurmur said. "I can't tell you how many (games)."

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Game day blog: Browns at 49ers (Week 8)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 30, 2011

Browns RB Peyton Hillis inactive for second consecutive week

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 30, 2011

Running back Peyton Hillis traveled with the Browns (3-3) and engaged in a passing competition during pregame warm-ups, but he will sit out today's game against the San Francisco 49ers (5-1).

It's the second consecutive game Hillis will miss with a pulled left hamstring. Montario Hardesty will start in place of Hillis for the second time in as many weeks.

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Friday's Browns-49ers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 28

Browns — Out: DE Auston English (knee) and WR Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion). Questionable: CB Joe Haden (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), OL Shawn Lauvao (knee), LB Kaluka Maiava (knee), OL Tony Pashos (ankle), TE Benjamin Watson (concussion) and S Ray Ventrone (hamstring). Probable: K Phil Dawson (right thigh), LB Scott Fujita (concussion), OL Artis Hicks (back) and CB Buster Skrine (hip).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today after his team practiced in preparation for its road game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “The only thing I’d say about injuries, I’ll just say it right now, Auston English and Mohamed Massaquoi are out. They will not play.  Auston injured himself in practice yesterday and Mo hasn’t made enough of a recover yet to have him ready to go.  Other than that everybody will be available and ready to roll, we’ll get on a plane and go out there.”

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Practice notes: Browns RB Peyton Hillis sidelined again, TE Benjamin Watson returns to action

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2011

The Browns (3-3) practiced today in preparation for their road game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (5-1). Reporters were allowed to watch about 30 minutes of practice. Here's what you need to know about the open session:

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Thursday's Browns-49ers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 27

Browns — Did not participate in practice: RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion), S Ray Ventrone (hamstring) and TE Benjamin Watson (concussion). Limited participation in practice: K Phil Dawson (right thigh), CB Joe Haden (knee), OL Shawn Lauvao (knee), LB Kaluka Maiava (knee) and OL Tony Pashos (ankle). Full participation in practice: LB Scott Fujita (concussion), OL Artis Hicks (back) and CB Buster Skrine (hip).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2011

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On how the defensive unit has come together)- “I’ve said it a number of times, they are a really good group of guys.  They work hard.  I think they are serious about it, they want to be good.  We’ve obviously got a long way to go.  It’s not always pretty, but they’re tough.  They have toughness to them.  So far they have done a pretty decent job.  We’ve just got to keep getting better because it’s just going to get harder and harder as we move on through the season.  It always does.  I certainly like them.  I’m not sure that’s critically important (joking), but I really like them.  I like being around them and they’ve got a great attitude.  It will be a huge test for us.  This is a very talented football team at almost every position.  They are really confident, playing at a high level.  They just lost that one overtime game to the Cowboys.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “Let me just touch on the injuries.  For the most part, unless I mention somebody, it’s the same as yesterday. Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi) is progressing, there won’t be any change from yesterday.  (Phil) Dawson will kick today.  Joe Haden will practice.  Shawn Lauvao will practice.  Peyton Hillis got a little sore yesterday in practice so we’re going to back him down today, you won’t see him out there.  Tony Pashos will practice, Joe Thomas will practice and then Benjamin Watson is much like Mo, he’s progressing, but he won’t be out there.  There’s nothing new to add from yesterday.”

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Practice notes: Browns LB Kaluka Maiava leaves with injury

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2011

The Browns (3-3) practiced today in preparation for their road game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (5-1). Reporters were allowed to watch about 30 minutes of practice. Here's what you need to know about the open session:

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis won't practice today

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Here are some of the highlights:

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Wednesday's Browns-49ers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 26

Browns — Did not participate in practice: OL Shawn Lauvao (knee), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion), S Ray Ventrone (hamstring) and TE Benjamin Watson (concussion). Limited participation in practice: K Phil Dawson (right thigh), LB Scott Fujita (concussion), CB Joe Haden (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and OL Tony Pashos (ankle). Full participation in practice: OL Artis Hicks (back) and CB Buster Skrine (hip).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “Good morning. As we get started, there’s really nothing new injury wise from what I gave you yesterday.  If you’ve got a specific question I’ll answer that.  Other than that it was nice, we got a chance to go outside today for the first time in a week or so.”

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Practice notes: RG Shawn Lauvao moving well despite injured right knee

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2011

The Browns (3-3) practiced today in preparation for their road game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (5-1). Reporters were allowed to watch about 30 minutes of practice. Here's what you need to know about the open session:

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis, LB Scott Fujita to return to practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Here are some of the highlights:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 24, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today after his team defeated the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 on Sunday. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement) - “Let me start with injuries.  I’m sure you’ll be interested in knowing how our guys pulled out of this.  Phil Dawson, he had a little bit of a thigh contusion early in the game.  He actually gutted it out pretty good and so I wanted to mention that to you.  He probably won’t be kicking early in the week because he’s a little bit sore.  He didn’t have any setbacks as the game went on and I don’t want to predict what it’s going to be like for Sunday, but we’re anticipating he’ll be there. Peyton Hillis ran today and he’s progressing well and again, he’s day-to-day.  Shawn Lauvao left the game and he has a knee bruise and so he’s day-to-day.  Mohamed Massaquoi left the game with a concussion and he’s day-to-day as well, we’ll see how he progresses.  Ray Ventrone started the game as we knew he had a hamstring issue early in the week.  Started the game and then couldn’t finish, he was out of the game quickly.  Benjamin Watson left the game as well with a concussion and he’ll be day-to-day.  Others that didn’t play, Scott Fujita is making good progress.  Again, day-to-day I won’t know.  Joe Haden who did play, as you might expect, is a little bit sore today, but I don’t think we set him back in any way and he played an outstanding game.  Artis Hicks is better today.  Tony Pashos made it through the game fine. Buster’s (Skrine) fine and then Joe Thomas little bit of a glute strain, but he’s fine.  I really don’t have much more to add than what I talked about yesterday in my post game comments, but I thought the defense played an outstanding game.  When I watched the tape you just see guys battling all over the place. Upfront, I asked the guys to fight to control the line of scrimmage, which they did.  Really eliminated any big plays.  In the secondary, especially when they were throwing the ball, my goodness, they challenged the receivers from the first snap to the last and I’m very proud of their efforts.  Proud of the scheme that we put together.  I mentioned yesterday, I thought the coaches did an excellent job of getting them ready to go.  We practiced all week against their no-huddle.  They used it some, but I don’t think it was as near effective as it had been in the game and a half previous.  It was a great performance and I think that’s something you’re looking for from a team that’s going to try and win games consistently, a defense that does that and they’ve done a good job for the most part most of the year.”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: K Phil Dawson played with thigh contusion

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 24, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today to discuss his team's 6-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some of the highlights:

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Game day blog: Browns vs. Seahawks (Week 7)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 23, 2011

Friday's Browns-Seahawks injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 21

Browns — Out: LB Scott Fujita (concussion). Questionable: CB Joe Haden (knee), OL Artis Hicks (back), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), OL Tony Pashos (ankle), CB Buster Skrine (hip) and S Ray Ventrone (hamstring). Probable: LB Titus Brown (ankle), WR Josh Cribbs (knee), C Alex Mack (appendectomy Oct. 3) and TE Evan Moore (ankle).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today following practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “You didn’t notice three guys out there, Peyton Hillis, Ray Ventrone and Scott Fujita.  At this point the only one I’m ruling out is Fujita.  Everybody else on this team is available and we’ll decide later.”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: LB Scott Fujita is out vs. Seahawks

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today after his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

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Practice notes: CB Joe Haden returns to practice; RB Peyton Hillis, LB Scott Fujita sit out

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2011

The Browns (2-3) practiced today in preparation for their home game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks (2-3). Reporters were allowed to watch about a 15 minutes of practice. Here's what you need to know about the open session:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns President Mike Holmgren

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

Browns President Mike Holmgren met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “Well this is fun, I haven’t been able to do this is awhile so why don’t we just fire away.  I think last year about the half way point or at some point we did have a discussion and it was my first year and all those things.  I hadn’t intended for it to be quite this formal, I was going to come in and talk to you like we do on occasion.  This year, purposefully, I’ve really tried to back away from those types of things and allow Tom (Heckert) and Pat (Shurmur) to speak for the football team and that was just what I thought was the right thing to do and moving forward it should be more like that.  The head coach is the spokesman for the football team and he’s good at it and that’s the way it should be done, but I was going to talk to you kind of informally so this is the next best thing I guess.  I couldn’t get down to you soon enough I had other things going on so that’s why we are here so fire away.”

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Thursday's Browns-Seahawks injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 20

Browns — Did not participate in practice: LB Scott Fujita (concussion), CB Joe Haden (knee), OL Artis Hicks (back), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), CB Buster Skrine (hip) and S Ray Ventrone (hamstring). Limited participation in practice: C Alex Mack (appendectomy Oct. 3) and RT Tony Pashos (ankle). Full participation in practice: LB Titus Brown (ankle), WR Josh Cribbs (knee) and TE Evan Moore (ankle).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today before the team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On the media trying to figure out when Scott Fujita suffered his injury against Oakland)- “We’ve tried to figure it out too.  We thought it was relatively early in the game.  I want to say in the second sometime maybe.  We thought it might be a lead play where he just had contact with the fullback on a helmet to helmet.  It didn’t look all that bad, but it doesn’t have to to have what happened, happen. It was too bad. Hopefully, he’ll be fine soon and be back out there.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “I’ll start with injuries.  Scott Fujita is improving, but we did send him home again like we did yesterday.  I felt like that was the best course for now.  Joe Haden, I would consider him day-to-day.  He ran yesterday and he’s going to do the same today.  Peyton Hillis is day-to-day, he did not run yesterday and he’s going to run in the pool today so that’s the course that we are going to take with him.  Bubba, Ray Ventrone, is day-to-day.  I would say he’s improving and unless something changes here I think he’s going to run in the pool also.  Buster Skrine was dealing with a hip issue yesterday.  He’ll be at practice today, consider him day-to-day as well.  Artis Hicks missed practice, he had back spasms and he’s feeling better today, but he’ll be somewhat limited.”

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Browns President Mike Holmgren: 'No one has called off negotiations' with RB Peyton Hillis

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

Browns President Mike Holmgren met with reporters today. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis is day-to-day, expected to run in pool

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

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Browns sign RB Armond Smith to practice squad, release RB Xavier Omon

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2011

The Browns today signed running back Armond Smith to the practice squad after waiving him Tuesday, the team announced. They released running back Xavier Omon from the practice squad to make room for Smith.

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Wednesday's Browns-Seahawks injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 19, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 19

Browns -- Did not participate in practice: LB Scott Fujita (concussion), CB Joe Haden (knee), OL Artis Hicks (back), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and S Ray Ventrone (hamstring). Limited participation in practice: C Alex Mack (appendectomy Oct. 3), RT Tony Pashos (ankle) and CB Buster Skrine (hip). Full participation in practice: LB Titus Brown (ankle), WR Josh Cribbs (knee) and TE Evan Moore (ankle).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 19, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters before his team practiced today in preparation for its upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “I’ll start like I do always with injuries, and again, all these guys are guys that it’s too early to tell for this weekend.  Joe Haden is making progress, steadily.  Scott Fujita, we actually sent him home today.  He wasn’t feeling well so we sent him home.  Again, I won’t be able to tell you what’s going to happen for this weekend.  Ray Ventrone has got a hamstring, he injured his hamstring and he’ll practice and do what he can, but he’s dealing with that.  Peyton Hillis, of course, he had his left hamstring strained and he’ll see what he can do as we move forward.  All four of those guys I can’t tell you their status on the weekend.  As we get ready for Seattle it’s going to be a tough test.  They’re a team that’s making improvements, they’re getting better. They’re a team that’s the same schematically as they were a year ago on defense, they’re making improvements there. They’re good against the run, they’re a stingy defense and they play well. On offense the last game and a half, they’ve found a way to move the ball and score points so it’s going to be a tough test.”

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Practice notes: Five Browns players sit out, rookie CB Buster Skrine leaves

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 19, 2011

The Browns (2-3) practiced today in preparation for their home game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks (2-3). Reporters were allowed to watch about a half-hour of practice. Here's what you need to know about the open session:

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis among players to miss practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 19, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some highlights from the news conference:

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Browns don't trade, but they sign RB Chris Ogbonnaya, waive RB Armond Smith

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2011

The Browns did not make a trade before the NFL's 4 p.m. trade deadline, but they still tweaked their roster today by signing running back Chris Ogbonnaya off the Houston Texans' practice squad, the team announced.

The Browns also waived undrafted rookie running back Armond Smith to make room for Ogbonnaya, who's pictured above. Smith has appeared in three games this season, rushing for 2 yards on three carries.

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Browns DE Marcus Benard pleads not guilty to charges from motorcycle accident

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2011

Browns defensive end Marcus Benard has pleaded not guilty to driving under a suspended license and reckless operation. Benard faces the two charges after wrecking his three-wheeled motorcycle last week on Interstate 71 in Brooklyn.

Patrick D'Angelo, Benard's attorney, faxed the pleas to Parma Municipal Court this morning. Benard did not appear in court.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters on Monday, a day after his team's 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement) - “As usual I’ll start with the injuries.  I don’t know if there’s much to add from last night I don’t quite remember exactly what I gave you. Scott Fujita had a concussion and we’ll have to see as we move forward here how long that will affect him.  Joe Haden, as you know, didn’t play and he’s continuing to progress.  Again, I won’t know early in the week how it will effect at the end of the week.  Peyton Hillis sustained a hamstring injury, he’s been evaluated and we’ll just have to see how he does as we get ready for this week.  Ray Ventrone also has a hamstring strain.  The other guys that played that we talked about last week, Alex Mack played, he’s got general game soreness but he’s fine.  Titus Brown, who played, had no setbacks as well.  When you look at the game after watching it we talked about a couple of the big plays that didn’t go our way or went against us that we’ve got to correct.  I thought other than the first drive the defense really settled in and they held (Darren) McFadden in check.  We were concerned about big plays over the top, that’s why you could see at times there was some underneath stuff that they got.  I felt for the most part they battled and Dimitri Patterson stepping in for Joe Haden did a pretty good job.  Other than that, you talk about good things in a game where you don’t win you, don’t play good enough to win, no one played well enough.  Other things, I think (Brad) Maynard had a good day, one of his best days as a Brown.  You saw at the end there on a questionable snap he got the ball down and we got it kicked through.  Greg Little had six catches in his second start. I still think he can play a lot better than he did.  I thought all-in-all we gave ourselves a chance at the end to go down and tie the game and possibly win it and we didn’t get that done.  Disappointing because we lost, but once I get off the stage here we’ll get ready to get after Seattle.”

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Browns to sign RB Chris Ogbonnaya off Texans' practice squad, agent says

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 17, 2011

The Browns will sign running back Chris Ogbonnaya off the Houston Texans' practice squad, said Ogbonnaya's agent, JR Rickert. The move, which is expected to become official Tuesday, would give the Browns depth while starting running back Peyton Hillis deals with a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

The 6-foot, 226-pound Ogbonnaya played in two games this season for the Texans before being waived and signed to their practice squad last week. Ogbonnaya, who has three carries for 6 yards this season, also spent the 2010 season on the Texans' practice squad.

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Browns RB Peyton Hillis not on trading block, but hamstring injury is legit, coach Pat Shurmur says

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 17, 2011

The Browns were slow to tell the rest of the world about Peyton Hillis' hamstring injury on Sunday, so coach Pat Shurmur fixed that on Monday. After all the speculation that has swirled around Hillis this season, Shurmur made it clear that his tailback was truly injured Sunday at Oakland.

"You can be assured that he had a hamstring injury," Shurmur said. "That you can be assured of."

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Game day blog: Browns at Raiders (Week 6)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 16, 2011

Final score: Raiders 24, Browns 17 (box score; game story; notebook; Marla Ridenour column)

The Browns rallied late, but they couldn't overcome their miscues. They allowed two special teams touchdowns -- Jacoby Ford's 101-yard kickoff return and holder Shane Lechler's 35-yard pass to tight end Kevin Boss off a fake field goal. The Raiders repeatedly pressured quarterback Colt McCoy and held on to keep the Browns from completing a comeback attempt. The Raiders also did enough on offense to capture victory, even though starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone late in the first half. Campbell, who was replaced by Kyle Boller, is out for the season, NFL Network reported.

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Friday's Browns-Raiders injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 14

Browns — Questionable: LB Titus Brown (ankle), WR Josh Cribbs (knee), CB Joe Haden (knee), OL Alex Mack (recovering from appendectomy) and OL Tony Pashos (ankle). Probable: SS Eric Hagg (knee).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today following practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “The updates would be that Alex Mack did some work out here today. He looks good, he’s getting better every day.  Joe Haden did his work inside, but again, we feel like he’s getting better.  Again, I wouldn’t make any comments yet as to their availability, but they’re both improving.  With that we’ll get ready, we’ll get on a flight here in a couple hours, get out there and then have a normal Saturday tomorrow in the Bay Area.”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: C Alex Mack closer to playing than CB Joe Haden

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today after he team practiced in preparation for its road game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Here are some of the highlights from Shurmur's news conference:

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Practice notes: center Alex Mack returns to action, takes snaps with starters

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2011

The Browns are practicing today in preparation for their road game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Reporters were allowed to watch about the first 15 minutes of practice. Here is what you need to know about the session:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2011

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today before the team practiced. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On what makes Chris Gocong so good as a blitzer)- “He’s a talented athlete for starters.  Chris is a bigger man than he appears to be and he appears to be a pretty good sized man obviously, but he’s close to 250 pounds and he moves very well.  He is very athletic.  He had all that experience pass rushing coming out of college, I think that helps him.  He’s got a feel for it and he’s done a really good job and he’s a smart guy, who’s a very, very hard worker.  He’s got the tools and he’s willing to work at using them.”

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Thursday's Browns-Raiders injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 13

Browns — Did not participate in practice: CB Joe Haden (knee) and C Alex Mack (recovering from appendectomy). Limited participation in practice: LB Titus Brown (ankle), WR Josh Cribbs (knee) and OL Tony Pashos (ankle). Full participation in practice: SS Eric Hagg (knee).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “Good afternoon.  Injuries of note, again, I have nothing to add.  Joe Haden and Alex Mack are both making progress.  Just like I said yesterday, it’s too early to speculate on whether they’ll play or not.  Other than that most everybody will be out there participating all of the practice or at least some of it.  Other than that we’re going to work on crowd noise today like we do on Thursdays and Fridays when we play a road game.”

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Browns to pay DE Marcus Benard rest of salary for season following motorcycle accident

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2011

The Browns will pay defensive end Marcus Benard the rest of his salary for this season even though he has been placed on the reserve non-football injury list following a motorcycle accident Monday, a league source confirmed this afternoon for the Beacon Journal.

Benard, 26, was charged with driving under a suspended license and reckless operation after he lost control of his three-wheeled motorcycle and hit a guardrail alongside Interstate 71 in Brooklyn. He suffered a broken hand and is out for the season. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he expects Benard to be released from the Cleveland Clinic today.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: DE Marcus Benard expected to be released from hospital today

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this morning before practice. The Browns will visit the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 12, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this morning before practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “Good morning.  As we get started here, you’re all aware that Marcus Benard was involved in an accident so we’ll make a move with him and we’re going to put Auston English up on the 53.  We also brought in Kiante Tripp as a practice squad player, he’s a defensive lineman.  That’s the change there.  In terms of injuries, Joe Haden’s making progress. He probably won’t be out at practice today.  Alex Mack is also making progress and he will be out there, he’ll be watching.  They’re both getting better every day.  It’s still too early to speculate as to their availability for Oakland.  Other than that I think you’ll see most everybody out there practicing and ready to go.”

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Wednesday's Browns-Raiders injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 12, 2011

Injury report for Oct. 12

Browns — Did not participate in practice: CB Joe Haden (knee) and C Alex Mack (recovering from appendectomy). Limited participation in practice: LB Titus Brown (ankle), WR Josh Cribbs (knee) and OL Tony Pashos (ankle). Full participation in practice: SS Eric Hagg (knee).

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Browns DE Marcus Benard out for season after motorcycle accident; placed on reserve/non-football injury list

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 12, 2011

The Browns have placed defensive end Marcus Benard, who broke his hand in a motorcycle accident Monday, on the reserve/non-football injury list, the team announced this afternoon. Benard is out for the season.

The Browns also signed defensive end Auston English, who has been a member of the team's practice squad throughout the regular season, to fill Benard's spot on the 53-man roster. Defensive lineman Kiante Tripp was added to the Browns' practice squad to fill English's spot.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: DE Auston English moving to active roster to replace Marcus Benard

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 12, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this morning before practice. The Browns will visit the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

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Browns DE Marcus Benard charged with driving under suspension, reckless operation

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2011

Browns defensive end Marcus Benard has been charged with driving under a suspended license and reckless operation, Brooklyn Police Sgt. Scott Mielke said this morning. Benard is scheduled to appear in Parma Municipal Court at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18th.

Benard lost control of his motorcycle and hit a guardrail Monday afternoon while traveling north on Interstate 71 near West 65th Street in Brooklyn, Mielke said. Benard was wearing a helmet when he was ejected about 241 feet, according to the police report.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 10, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this afternoon following practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement) - “Everybody’s back from the bye.  You noticed today in practice Joe Haden wasn’t out here.  He’s continuing with his rehab and we felt leaving him inside was the best approach right now.  Alex Mack, as you saw, was out here.  He was able to get some mental reps on some of the stuff we’re getting ready for Oakland, but he wasn’t able to perform either.  Joshua Cribbs was out here, he was limited.  He’s feeling much better so he was out here and did some things a little more than we thought, so, he’s moving forward there.  It was a good start to the week. I thought the guys practiced fast and they seemed like there was a little bounce in their step, which is typical coming back from a bye weekend.  As I mentioned before, I encouraged them that they weren’t off they were away and it appears that they all took care of themselves pretty well.”

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Browns DE Marcus Benard suffers broken hand in motorcycle accident

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 10, 2011

Browns defensive end Marcus Benard was injured in a motorcycle accident this afternoon on Interstate 71 in Brooklyn. Benard suffered a broken hand and is in stable condition, a team spokesman said.

After the accident, Benard was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and later transferred to the Cleveland Clinic for further evaluation, the team spokesman said.

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Browns RB Peyton Hillis worries he might not have long-term future in Cleveland

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 10, 2011

Browns running back Peyton Hillis met with reporters today after practice to discuss his feelings about his contract negotiations with the organization. Hillis is in the final year of his rookie deal and is scheduled to make a base salary of $600,000 this season.

When asked if he's starting to doubt whether he'll have a long-term future in Cleveland, Hillis said, "Yeah, that definitely worries me."

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Practice notes: center Alex Mack back on field, but only to watch

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 10, 2011

The Browns are practicing today in preparation for their road game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Pat Shurmur left the entire practice open to reporters. Here is what you need to know about the session:

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Browns center Alex Mack released from hospital

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 5, 2011

Browns center Alex Mack was released from the Cleveland Clinic today after having an appendectomy on Monday. He is resting comfortably at his home and continues to progress well in his recovery, a team spokesman said.

Despite suffering from flu-like symptoms, Mack did not miss any of the offense's snaps this past Sunday in the Browns' 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. He received IVs before the game and played through his ailment.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement)- “I think we had a good practice.  Players of note that you didn’t see out here today, obviously Alex Mack.  His surgery went well, he’s resting, I guess, comfortably.  One of the first things he asked for was his grade sheet from Sunday.  He’s getting himself back mentally and we’ll see how he does as we move forward.  It’s too early to speculate as to his availability for Oakland.  Joe Haden wasn’t out here as well, he actually came I and looked pretty good, but I think it was better served he get his work done inside and Joshua Cribbs as well. Again, we felt like he made good progress over night and he was inside as well.  Otherwise, I think everybody else was out here of note.  Xavier Omon went home, his girlfriend is having a baby so I think that’s about it.  Otherwise, everybody was out here.  We spent most of the practice working on individual, skills and breakdown from individual routes to blocks to taking on blocks.  There was some tackling even though we weren’t in pads and then we finished up with 7-on-7, team and then two 10-minute periods dedicated for special teams as well.  We just went back to the basics, I think it’s an important thing this time of year as we get ourselves ready for the latter part of the season.”

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Practice notes: WR Josh Cribbs among Browns players sitting out

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2011

The Browns are practicing today before their upcoming bye. They won't play again until they visit the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 16. Coach Pat Shurmur left the entire practice today open to reporters. Here is what you need to know about the session:

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 3, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this afternoon. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening statement) - “Good afternoon, how’s it going?  Let me touch on the injuries. Sheldon Brown pulled through the game fine. I don’t think he was any worse for wear.  Joshua Cribbs has what’s characterized as a slight knee sprain. He’ll be day-to-day so we’ll see how that goes.  Joe Haden sustained a knee sprain as well so we’re continuing to evaluate that.  He won’t practice tomorrow and we’ll just have to see as we move forward how significant it is.  At this point, I don’t know anything, there’s a chance he may miss some time, but I don’t know. I don’t know that yet.  We’ll see, being that our next game is not for a couple weeks.  Tony Pashos pulled through the game fine.  I think he has the general soreness you would have after playing 91 snaps and I think he’s going to be fine as we move forward.  Something new today, Alex Mack came in with symptoms that look like appendicitis and it was evaluated and it appears like he’s going to have his appendix out here, very soon, this afternoon.  That just happened. He came in this morning with soreness or the tenderness that would point to that and they evaluated him and he’s going to have to have it out. We’ll see how that goes. I wouldn’t want to speculate on time until after he has his surgery so we’ll find out. Other than that, Eric Hagg will continue to work.  (Mohamed) Mo Massaquoi pulled out of it, his ankle feels fine.  He has a shoulder sprain that I don’t think they think is very significant so we should move forward.  Other than that, I think that’s all the injuries.  I don’t have much to add then what I talked about last night and I’ll open it up to questions, I’m sure you’ve got some things that you’re interested in and we’ll just move forward.  I mentioned to the team that I’m disappointed that we lost. I think everybody played hard, tried to do all the right things, there are just ways that we can play better. ”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis' role won't be diminished because of contract situation

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 3, 2011

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this afternoon following the team's 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Here are some of the highlights from the news conference:

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Game day blog: Browns vs. Titans (Week 4)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 2, 2011

Final score: Titans 31, Browns 13 (box score; game story)

The Titans offense didn't do a lot. It didn't have to. The Browns weren't much of a challenge despite leading in nearly every offensive category. Three blown defensive coverages in the first half was really the difference.

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