Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice Wednesday with a bruised rotator cuff he suffered Sunday in the second quarter of a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Haden worked out on a stationary bike during the 20-minute portion of practice open to the media.
His status for Sunday's game between the Browns (7-7) and Carolina Panthers (5-8-1) at Bank of America Stadium will be determined later this week.
"Joe, we'll know late in the week," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "He truly is day-to-day."To read more or comment...
BEREA: While saying that he had a lot of respect for former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, coach Mike Pettine said that his remarks stating his beliefs on why the team doesn’t win, may have been “a little dramatic.”
“The issue is systemically from a culture in Berea,” Kosar said Monday during an interview on the Mike Trivisonno Show on WTAM (1100-AM). “They’ve got to get it together because I don’t know of anyone who can be consistently successful within this culture, within this organization right now.”
Kosar took the Browns front office to task during the interview for not showing patience with quarterbacks and coaches.
“I know I've talked about that before. Sometimes guys will make comments that are a little bit over the top,” Pettine said when asked about Kosar’s remarks.To read more or comment...
The Browns claimed backup offensive tackle and cancer survivor Andrew McDonald off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Tuesday.
The Browns waived backup inside linebacker Zac Diles to make room for McDonald, whom the Colts cut Monday.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound McDonald, 26, appeared in two games this season with the Seattle Seahawks. It was the first regular-season action of his NFL career.
According to the Colts' website, McDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer in May while participating in the Carolina Panthers’ offseason program. The mass was surgically removed the day after doctors discovered it.
"It was obviously surprising," McDonald said in June, according to ESPN.com. "I just kind of made up my mind not to get down, not to let it affect me, as much as I could.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “As with every loss, we carry disappointment into the next day, and even more so with this one just because of the magnitude, the circumstances. We just had a great opportunity yesterday to come out in our last home game and leave our fans with a very positive feeling. Ultimately, last chance to play in front of the Dawg Pound, and we fell way short. That doesn’t sit well with anyone. After watching the tape, it’s still difficult to understand why our performance was what it was. I talked about that edge, that ‘it’ factor that you have to have in order to be successful. It wasn’t there, and the atmosphere was intense. I thought our fans were as they always have been. They were jacked up ready to go. As I said, we control the volume, and we found a way yesterday to turn the volume down to zero. These last two games we still have a lot to accomplish. It’s been a theme for the last month but as coaches, we’re still tasked with getting our offense to play better. We made the decision to go with (QB) Johnny (Manziel). He’ll be a big part of that, but it’s not all on him after watching the tape. We need to be much more consistent on defense and on special teams. Took a step backwards yesterday in our run defense. To me, moving forward, again, I talked about people will say that these games aren’t meaningful. They’re certainly meaningful to us, this one in particular. Like I said, we still have a lot to accomplish. We look forward to having a great week of prep and go down to Carolina and get this bad taste out of our mouth.”
On if the type of performance Manziel had yesterday was part of his hesitation in making Manziel the starter earlier in the season: “What I’ve said all along is that we felt each week leading up to this week that (QB) Brian (Hoyer) gave us the best chance, but part of the evaluation is the great unknown with playing a rookie and knowing that there are going to be rookie mistakes made. I think that just was always built into that discussion.”
On why he thinks Manziel gives the Browns the best chance to win in the last two weeks of the season: “That we know we’ll get better. A big part of it too is, as we’ve said all along, we have to play better around him. The unfortunate thing of yesterday, we had some guys that played well, but the mistakes they made were at critical times. We had guys that graded out high and maybe made three or four mistakes. Well, those mistakes were on a third down. They were on a goal line play. They were in the red zone. They were on a critical, like I said, a critical third down or a critical point in the game. That’s unfortunate because hidden within yesterday were some pretty good performances. Johnny showed some flashes of what he’s capable of, and we had some chances to turn those plays into some real positive ones. The one that ‘Hawk’ (WR Andrew Hawkins) got hit on and ultimately dropped it on the third down. (TE) Jim Dray mistimed a jump a little bit. I thought those were both plays where he showed his escape ability and made a good throw. It’s just across the board. We have to find a way. We’ve lost something, and we need to take this week and find it.”To read more or comment...
The Browns (7-6) are facing the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1) Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel had a horrendous first half in his first NFL start, and the Browns trailed the Bengals 20-0 at halftime.
Manziel completed 4-of-9 passes for 22 yards with two interceptions. He posted a passer rating of 12.0. Manziel had a third interception negated by a neutral-zone infraction.To read more or comment...
Quarterback isn't the only position the Browns have changed entering their regular-season home finale Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Browns signed kicker Garrett Hartley and waived veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, the team announced Saturday.
Cundiff received an injury settlement from the Browns.
Cundiff missed a field goal in each of the past five games and injured his right knee Thursday during practice. He spent last season and the first 13 games of this season with the Browns. He converted 22-of-29 field goals (75.9 percent) and all 28 extra-point kicks this year.To read more or comment...
Out: Tight end Gary Barnidge (rib), free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) and cornerbacks K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and Robert Nelson (hamstring). Questionable: Kicker Billy Cundiff (knee), inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot). Probable: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (thigh) and running backs Isaiah Crowell (hip) and Glenn Winston (illness).
Doubtful: Defensive end Margus Hunt (ankle) and wide receiver James Wright (knee). Questionable: Tight end Jermaine Gresham (toe), cornerback Adam Jones (chest) and cornerback Terrance Newman (ankle). Probable: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (ribs), kicker Mike Nugent (not injury related), guard Mike Pollak (knee) and safety Shawn Williams (chest).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 what the plan will be if K Billy Cundiff is unable to play on Sunday: “We have plans. We had brought some guys in. We’ll make a choice from there, if it’s necessary.”
On if Cundiff’s knee injury just came up: “Yesterday.”
On if there’s anything that DB Jim Leonhard did that surprised him when he filled in for DB Tashaun Gipson: “It really doesn’t come as a surprise just knowing how he prepares and just how we approaches the game. There are some guys that just have a knack. They just get it. They see it. The game is slower in his mind than it is for other guys. It’s not a surprise because he’s always where he’s supposed to be, and when the ball comes his way, he’s got very underrated ball skills.”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.
On how QB Johnny Manziel looked in practice yesterday: “Overall, it was a solid day. It was a lot of teaching. Wednesdays are typically that way when you’re implementing a plan. Sometimes, it was hard to tell because we didn’t do everything full speed, just trying to save legs, as well. We’re trying to find that blend between getting it practiced, but at the same time making sure we get enough doing what we can mentally so we can be as fresh as possible. It was a good start to the week.”
On if he gets a sense that Manziel has learned that he can’t force things and to live for another down during his time in the preseason and in practice: “You hope, but you still have to see it over a consistent level. That’s the biggest thing is understand – I mentioned this the other day – that every play can’t turn into a broken play…‘Hey, take what’s there.’ That can be 10 plays in a row. The read is what it is. Make the throw, onto the next one. Those few plays where it does break down, now we have a chance to extend the play.”
On why the team practiced indoors yesterday and if practice will be inside all week: “No, we’ll be outside today. Yesterday was just…With the amount of walkthrough we were doing, jog-through and the amount of teaching, just felt it was more conducive to be inside. We’ll definitely be outside today. At (vice president, communications) Peter’s (John-Baptiste) request, the heaters will be outside for you guys. Tomorrow I think the weather will get a little bit better as we move on. I think tomorrow will be close to what game day will be like. I’m expecting to be outside today and tomorrow.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine plans to remind rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel about the importance of keeping his cool Sunday when he makes his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Pettine is convinced defenders throughout the league will target Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, even more than the average quarterback because of his celebrity status.
Pettine also expects the Browns' upcoming opponents to attempt to get under Johnny Football's skin the way Washington did in the preseason when Manziel directed a middle-finger salute toward the opposing sideline in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
"I'll talk with him as the game gets closer, but it's something he's faced," Pettine said Thursday before practice. "It's not anything new coming into the NFL for him. He's been a target probably since the day that he first stepped under center in college. I'm sure he knows, but I have a feeling it'll be reiterated."To read more or comment...
BEREA: Newly minted starting quarterback Johnny Manziel displayed a sense of humor Wednesday when asked about Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis referring to him as a “midget.”
When asked about it he laughed ever so slightly then answered.
“I didn't take it any type of way. It didn't make me feel any way,” he said. “Obviously, coach Lewis called a couple people within the organization and wanted to apologize but for me it really didn't get to me, I was up here trying to get prepared for practice today and for the rest of the week so I didn't let it get to me.”
Manziel said that he found the entire situation funny.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: “Certainly, a great challenge for us this week to be back in the division against the team that’s leading the division. Looking forward to being back out in front of the Dawg Pound. We’re expecting a high level of intensity for a lot of reasons. I think it’ll be a playoff type atmosphere. The margin for error for both teams is minimal. We also understand the Bengals’ mentality coming in. I asked the team this morning to put themselves in their shoes – times they’ve had a big game at home and high expectations for it, national TV audience and had the result not be anywhere near what they expected. We know the mentality that they’re going to have coming up here, but we can’t allow that to phase us. It’s going to be critically important for us to be focused and dialed in on the task at hand, in large part just because of the outside noise that has picked up significantly for obvious reasons. I talked about that with the team today, for them to understand that the move was made just because of the lack of performance at that position over the last four games. They have to understand it was as a unit, that if we don’t pick up our play around the quarterback, we’d be extremely foolish to expect different results. I challenged the team today that we all share in the joy of a win. We all share in the agony of a loss. Everybody has to pick up their play as we head down the stretch. (QB) Brian (Hoyer) got us to this point where here it is mid-December and we’re playing an extremely meaningful game. It’s important to recognize that. We know our goal is still very difficult to reach, but it’s still there. We don’t control our destiny. The only thing that we can do is prepare to go 3-0, and the only way to go 3-0 is to be 1-0. That’s why this Sunday is critically important for us.”
On if there was any reluctance this week in deciding to start QB Johnny Manziel: “There was not. Basically after the Monday presser, got together with the group I was going to get together with. Meeting didn’t last very long, and went ahead and informed both players. We went on to the business of starting to game plan.”
On if Manziel will take the field with his teammates’ respect on Sunday: “Yeah, absolutely. I think they’re going to see certainly how he was last week. They see how he’s practiced throughout the year, but I thought he ramped it up a little bit more last week. I’m sure they’ll see it this week. They’ll see him in a different light, just even being in the walkthrough this morning, you could just see the presence in the huddle and the command and how he was calling things. He spent a lot of time up here yesterday, wanted to get a head start on the plan. I’m sure it’ll show, and the guys around him will respect it.”To read more or comment...
Coach Mike Pettine is excited to finally open the gift the Browns got themselves in May when they traded up four spots to draft rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel 22nd overall.
"I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't excited about seeing him play," Pettine said Wednesday during a news conference. "I've seen it in practice. We got a small taste of it [when he played two series] in Buffalo and you'd like to see it carry over, how we build a game plan around it and how we got out and execute it."
Pettine explained he made the decision to bench slumping veteran Brian Hoyer and name Manziel the starter for Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1) because the coaching staff believes the move will give the Browns (7-6) their best chance to win the game. Pettine revealed the staff gathered Monday about the quarterback situation but the meeting didn't last long because everyone believed a chance was necessary. The team announced the switch Tuesday.
But Pettine also conceded the organization receiving a chance to evaluate Manziel and figure out whether he's the quarterback of the future is a significant bonus.To read more or comment...
NFL Network analysts Nate Burleson, Kurt Warner and Michael Robinson discussed the Browns naming rookie Johnny Manziel their starting quarterback Tuesday night on NFL Total Access.
Burleson was Manziel's teammate this year. The veteran wide receiver signed with the Browns in April and was cut by them in August.
Below are comments from Burleson, Warner and Robinson provided by NFL Network.
On what to expect from Johnny Manziel:To read more or comment...
What many expected is official. Johnny Manziel will start for the Browns against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
But does that mean the Browns will win? Take the poll below and let us know what you think.To read more or comment...
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis gave the Browns some bulletin-board material for their showdown Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, especially if rookie Johnny Manziel starts at quarterback.
Lewis referred to the 5-foot-11 3/4 Manziel as "a midget" Monday night during an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW (700-AM). Click here for the audio.
Lance McAlister and former Cincinnati offensive lineman Dave Lapham co-host "Bengals Line" each Monday, and Lewis calls in every week at 7 p.m.
So because coach Mike Pettine has yet to announce whether Manziel or veteran Brian Hoyer will start Sunday when the Browns (7-6) host the AFC North-leading Bengals (8-4-1), McAlister asked Lewis whether Cleveland's uncertainty at quarterback will affect Cincinnati's preparation this week.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine was not ready to name a starting quarterback during his news conference Monday afternoon, but he certainly seemed inclined to bench Brian Hoyer and replace him with rookie Johnny Manziel.
"I think it's natural to lean the other way given the results," Pettine said. "But I still want to make sure we do our due diligence and get a chance to talk to everybody involved with it."
Pettine said the Browns (7-6) would have their starter in place by the time they begin practicing Wednesday in preparation for their game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1).
"We're going to meet on [the quarterback decision] in the coming hours," Pettine said. "I'm not prepared to comment on it at this point due to the fact that I have not spoken with both of the players involved."To read more or comment...
Brian Hoyer doesn't know who will start at quarterback for the Browns when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
For the first time this season, it might not be him. And rookie Johnny Manziel, the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft, is waiting his turn.
"No, I don't know anything," Hoyer said Monday afternoon. "I haven't talked to anyone yet, Coach [Mike] Pettine or anyone else yet, so similar to last week. I'll prepare this week the way I always do.
"Coach, that’s his decision and I respect his decision. For me, just got to keep the same mentality. It’s about being mentally tough. And I think if anything, I’ve proven I can handle that. I’ll keep the same attitude and prepare the same way."To read more or comment...
The Browns fell 25-24 to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Marla Ridenour's column: Misguided decision on quarterback blows up in Mike Pettine’s faceTo read more or comment...
Out: Tight end Gary Barnidge (rib), free safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Robert Nelson (hamstring). Questionable: Running back Isaiah Crowell (hip), tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot). Probable: Outside linebacker Paul Kruger (illness), center Nick McDonald (ankle/knee), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and wide receiver Marlon Moore (hamstring).
Out: Cornerback Vontae Davis (concussion), offensive tackle Xavier Nixon (foot), linebacker Andy Studebaker (hamstring) and guard Hugh Thornton (knee). Questionable: Safety Mike Adams (back) and returner Josh Cribbs (knee). Probable: Tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle), center Jonnothan Harrison (illness), wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring), defensive end Arthur Jones (illness), defensive tackle Zach Kerr (illness), guard Lance Louis (illness), defensive end Cory Redding (knee) and linebacker Erik Walden (knee).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 if he’s hopeful that TE Jordan Cameron will be able to play: “Yeah, I think that’s accurate. He had a good week, but then again, he had a good week last week. We’ll see.”
On if there are any other tests Cameron still has to pass: “I do think he has one more. I’m not sure of the exact specifics of it.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Thursday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On if WR Miles Austin is expected to recover fully from his kidney injury or if it is career ending: “It’s my understanding that he’ll recover from this. I haven’t heard it phrased in any other way. He got back last night and has a follow-up appointment today with our people here. The news was positive. Like I said, he was just kept there more from a precautionary.”
On what the offense will miss with Austin not being on the field: “The on the field stuff is simple. It’s his production. He made some clutch plays for us. He could go for a period of time where he didn’t have much production, and all of a sudden when we needed it – when it was a big third down, when it was a two-minute drive. You just look back at some of the plays that he’s made, and that’s what we’ll miss for sure.”
On if OL Nick McDonald will start at center on Sunday: “Still haven’t determined that yet. We’ve been working both guys.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “As I said a couple days ago, we weren’t going to make this decision any more difficult than it need to be because it was always going to be about football. We weren’t going to do anything rash after the game when things are much more emotional and there’s a tendency to knee-jerk on some decisions. I wanted to be thorough with it, process all the information, all the circumstances taken into account and make the decision that was best for the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, after weighing all of it, talking to the staff and people that I trust very deeply, we felt that starting (QB) Brian (Hoyer) gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday against the Colts.
“In the Colts, very tough opponent this week…Offensively lead the league in points, lead the league in yards. (Colts QB) Andrew Luck is a premier quarterback in this league, multiple weapons cause a lot of problems. A lot of quality players on the defensive side of the ball. I’ve got a ton of respect for (Colts Head Coach) Chuck Pagano having worked with him in Baltimore, knowing what he brings to the table from a schematic standpoint and just overall how hard those guys play on defense. I know a lot of that comes from Chuck and his staff. We’re certainly expecting their best effort there, as well. Special teams, they’re among the leaders in the league. They’ve got the best battery of kickers in (Colts P Pat) McAfee and (Colts K Adam) Vinatieri. It’s a huge challenge for our guys on special teams, as well.”To read more or comment...
Browns starting inside linebacker Karlos Dansby returned to practice Wednesday after missing the past two games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Dansby led the Browns with 73 tackles when he suffered the injury Nov. 16 in the second quarter against the Houston Texans.
Inside linebackers Craig Robertson and Chris Kirksey have started in Dansby's absence. They had shared playing time alongside Dansby before he was injured.
Below are other injury updates from practice Wednesday.To read more or comment...
Browns wide receiver Miles Austin is done for the season after suffering a kidney injury Sunday in a 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
On Wednesday morning, the team announced it placed Austin on injured reserve and signed running back Shaun Draughn.
Austin spent the past three nights hospitalized at the Erie County Medical Center.To read more or comment...
The Browns will stick with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback instead giving rookie Johnny Manziel his first NFL start Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts, coach Mike Pettine announced Wednesday afternoon.
“After thorough evaluation and talking to the staff, we feel Brian gives us the best opportunity to win on Sunday,” Pettine said in a news release. “This is a football decision and those are always going to be based on what we think is best for our team.
"Brian has led our team to a 7-5 record. I’m confident that we can get the entire offense playing at the level needed to accomplish the goals we set at the beginning of the season. Those goals are still very much attainable.”
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported the news Wednesday morning.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “As always after a loss, we came in very disappointed, but (I) told the team today, ‘We’ve got four games left, but we don’t have much of a margin for error with playoffs being one of the goals that we sat down at the beginning of the season.’ Our sense of urgency has to increase moving forward, but as always, we talk about compartmentalizing games won or lost. I know our guys had a good session today with the staff learning from the mistakes and moving forward. Buffalo was able to make more plays than us yesterday, and I give them a lot of credit, especially that defense. We knew that was going to be the best defensive front that we went against, and they were certainly as advertised. We were not able to move the ball consistently, but had some opportunities and weren’t able to capitalize. That was frustrating - I said that after the game - just to go in 3-0 knowing how we controlled most of the first half. It was kind of a bad omen against a good team like that. Offensively, you’ve got to take advantage of every opportunity. Turnovers were obviously costly. We’ve preached all year that that’s the number one determining factor of wins and losses is the turnover ratio.
“Defensively, we did some really good things. I thought that we wasted a very good effort. (We) had a first half shutout. At one point in the game, I looked up and realized that they were 0-for-11 on third down and didn’t convert one until the fourth quarter, but they got the momentum shifted, got on the board and got a lead. It was frustrating because we knew that we had played well, and then I think the big thing was when we needed a stop at the end, we couldn’t make it. That was disappointing on that side of the ball. I’ll continue to say it takes a full team effort to get our results, and we certainly didn’t get that yesterday.To read more or comment...
Brian Hoyer doesn't know whether he'll keep his job as the Browns' starting quarterback or be supplanted by rookie Johnny Manziel, but the North Olmsted native still believes he's the right man to lead the offense with four regular-season games remaining and the team in the playoff hunt.
"It’s been a lot of hard work, and I think I’ve proven that I’ve gotten us to this point," Hoyer said Monday afternoon. "I feel like I can carry us through the next four games. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be ready to go."
The Browns (7-5) will host the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) on Sunday, and coach Mike Pettine said Monday he has yet to decide who he'll start at quarterback. He expects to announce the decision Wednesday.
On Sunday, Pettine yanked Hoyer in favor of Manziel with 12:01 left in the fourth quarter of a 26-10 loss the Buffalo Bills (7-5). Pettine revealed the coaching staff discussed benching Hoyer after a 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans on Nov. 16.To read more or comment...
In Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Browns turned to rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. That move, and the comments from head coach Mike Pettine, casts into doubt Brian Hoyer's future as the Browns' starting quarterback.
"The door is definitely open for a change at the quarterback position," Pettine told ESPN's Sal Paolontonio. "It's not like we're just going to go back to Brian. This has been a cumulative thing where discussions about a change at quarterback have been more and more lively. We'll evaluate both quarterbacks and have a decision soon."
Pettine told reporters after the game he would decide on the team's starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts later this week. We want to hear who you think should be the Browns' starting quarterback.To read more or comment...