All CATEGORIES
☰ Menu
Cleveland Browns

Thursday's injury report for Browns, Ravens

By Ryan Lewis Published: October 31, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 31, 2013

Browns

Did not participate: Running back Willis McGahee (knee). Limited participation: Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Full participation: Running back Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs), cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (wrist). 

Ravens

Did not participate: Guard Kelechi Osemele (back/knee). Limited participation: Wide receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh). Full participation: Offensive tackle Michael Oher (ankle), defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee), center Ryan Jensen (foot), linebacker Josh Bynes (finger/thigh) and running back Bernard Pierce (thigh).

To read more or comment...

Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Ravens

By Ryan Lewis Published: October 30, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 30, 2013

Browns

Limited Participation: Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Full participation: Running back Willis McGahee (knee), running back Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs), cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (wrist). 

Ravens

Did not participate: Offensive tackle Michael Oher (ankle). Limited participation: linebacker Josh Bynes (finger/thigh), guard Kelechi Osemele (back/knee) and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh). Full participation: defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee), center Ryan Jensen (foot) and running back Bernard Pierce (thigh). 

To read more or comment...

Here's what coach Rob Chudzinski is saying about Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 30, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters this morning. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Baltimore week, a division game, excited about having the reigning Super Bowl champions come into our house. They’re a great team, a great coaching staff. I know our coaches, our players, our fans are going to be excited about the opportunity and ready for the challenge this week. They’re coming off of a bye week. Offensively, as you’re looking at them, they’ve gotten more healthy. (Ravens WR) Jacoby Jones is back and playing. Obviously, he’s a real threat deep, as well as in the kicking game and the return game. [They have a] new offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, who is playing very well. (Ravens QB Joe) Flacco, as we know, operates the offense and does a great job for them. (Ravens RB) Ray Rice is a dual-threat receiver and runner, and (Ravens RB) Bernard Pierce is a formidable tandem at the running back position and very productive. (Ravens WR) Torrey Smith is having a great year, big plays. You look at the number of big plays that he’s been able to have and produce this season, very impressive. (Ravens TE) Dallas Clark and (Ravens WR) Marlon Brown also are contributors and have done a nice job in giving Flacco some other weapons. They’re playing good up front, a good offensive line. As you look at their defense, really playing excellent defense. Points per game in the last six games, I think they’re leading the league. If you look at the last six games, third down, red zone and sacks are all up high and the tops of the league defensively in those categories. It starts up front with (Ravens LB Terrell) Suggs and (Ravens LB Elvis) Dumervil and (Ravens LB Courtney) Upshaw, those guys on the edge rushing. Their front seven is excellent. We know all of the guys: (Ravens DL Haloti) Ngata and (Ravens DL Chris) Canty and (Ravens DL Arthur) Jones. I think (Ravens LB) Daryl Smith is playing very well at linebacker, as well. They’re a solid secondary, again, playing very good defense. On special teams, as I mentioned, they have a multitude of returners with Jacoby Jones back, but they have (Ravens WR) Tandon Doss and (Ravens WR Deonte) Thompson; both have been doing a great job. I think they’re first and eighth in the league in returns and now have Jacoby Jones back on top of it. We know their kicker and punter, (Ravens K Justin) Tucker and (Ravens P Sam) Koch, are outstanding in that. We have our work cut out for us. We’re excited about this week. The guys are excited about this challenge and building off of some of the things that we were able to do well last week.”

On relief that WR Josh Gordon is still on the team: “I’m excited. Josh is part of our team. He’s here. I liked the progress that he’s made as a player and the strides that he’s made, and looking forward to continuing improvement on his part.”

On if Gordon feels supported and wanted in the organization despite trade rumors: “I can’t answer that for him. From my part and our part, we want him here, and he’s here.”

To read more or comment...

Browns WR Josh Gordon hopes lifted burden of possible trade helps him produce more in final 8 games

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 30, 2013

Wide receiver Josh Gordon conceded that he stayed by his phone as he waited for the NFL trade deadline to pass Tuesday afternoon. He could finally let out a sigh when 4 p.m. struck and he was still a member of the Browns.

“I’m definitely relieved,” Gordon said today before practice. “I wanted to stay here. I didn’t feel like uprooting myself and moving and starting all over again. I feel as though we have a lot to prove out here and a lot to build on in this offensive program, and I want to say I can at least be one of the guys that helps get it started.”

For six weeks, Gordon endured speculation about the possibility that the new regime would trade him. The Browns received proposals for Gordon, and two teams had standing offers of a high draft pick and a player, ESPN reported last week.

Gordon, 22, said he spoke to coach Rob Chudzinski about the rumblings.

To read more or comment...

Browns exec Jon Sandusky pleads guilty to refusing chemical test, DUI charge dismissed

By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press Published: October 30, 2013

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky has pleaded guilty to refusing a chemical test when he was pulled over last month for suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo.

Sandusky, 36, received a suspended sentence Tuesday in Fargo Municipal Court and was placed on unsupervised probation that requires him to complete a chemical dependency evaluation, defense attorney Mark Friese said Wednesday.

The sentence should be wiped off Sandusky's record if he doesn't break any more laws. The DUI charge was dismissed.

"Jon is genuinely sorry for the incident," Friese told The Associated Press. "He takes full responsibility for his actions and he's glad to put this matter behind him."

To read more or comment...

Browns sign WR Armanti Edwards, OL Reid Fragel to active roster

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 29, 2013

The Browns signed free-agent wide receiver Armanti Edwards in addition to signing rookie offensive lineman Reid Fragel off the practice squad of the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced today.

Wide receiver and standout punt returner Travis Benjamin was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered Sunday in a 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Browns also no longer need to count wide receiver Charles Johnson, who was signed off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad two weeks ago before the Browns discovered during his introductory physical that he had a torn ACL, toward their 53-man roster. So Edwards and Fragel have filled the roster spots vacated by Benjamin and Johnson.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Edwards is in his fourth NFL season out of Appalachian State, where he played quarterback when the Mountaineers stunned Michigan in 2007. Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round (89th overall) in 2010, he appeared in 39 regular-season games, tallying five receptions for 121 yards, two carries for 12 yards, 36 punt returns for 253 yards and 15 kickoff returns for 295 yards. He appeared in four games this season and was waived by the Panthers on Oct. 8. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was the Panthers’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons.

The Bengals drafted the 6-foot-8, 305-pound Fragel in the seventh round (240th overall) this year. Fragel, who played tight end at Ohio State before converting to tackle as a senior, spent the first eight weeks this season on the Bengals’ practice squad.

To read more or comment...

NFL trade deadline passes without Browns striking a deal

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 29, 2013

The NFL trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. today with the Browns standing pat despite rampant speculation about the possibility of them shipping away wide receiver Josh Gordon or making a smaller splash with another move.

Teams may not make trades until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. March 11.

Gordon, 22, reiterated Sunday after the Browns’ 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs that he was tired of all the rumors and answering questions about them. He was eager for the deadline to arrive.

“When [the trade deadline is] over, it’s over,” Gordon said. “However it goes, it’s beyond me, it’s above me. I will be excited either way. Hopefully [I’ll] get some new questions.

To read more or comment...

Josh Cribbs verbally blasts Browns, according to Newsday, claims he was misquoted

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2013

Former Browns wide receiver and special-teams ace Josh Cribbs had some explaining to do tonight.

Cribbs was quoted by Newsday -- he claims misquoted -- after his current team, the New York Jets, suffered a 49-9 loss Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, and the comments were classic bulletin-board material. The story was published on the newspaper’s website tonight.

"We're not the Browns," Cribbs said, according to Newsday. "We're not the team that gives up. We have fight in this team. They're a motivated bunch of young guys. I'm just happy to be here and be able to contribute. ... Love it here.”

Cribbs also reportedly mentioned former Browns and Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards while explaining that his new team expects its players to “play like a Jet.”

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss the team's 23-17 loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Disappointed about the loss yesterday. It was a hard-fought game. Kansas City is an outstanding team. They out-executed us early and were able to build a lead we couldn’t overcome. It’s never about one player, one play, one coach; we win and lose together, and we’re all accountable. However, there were a number of things that I felt we did well and have improved on and can continue to build on. We’ve had a tough stretch against some very good teams here. I think the guys have learned that we can be, and when we are on our game and play consistently, that we can compete and go toe-to-toe with anybody. We’ll be back in the division against Baltimore. We’ll make the corrections today, and then shift our focus to them and the challenge ahead after we’re done with our meetings today.”

On if QB Jason Campbell will be the starting quarterback going forward: “Jason will be the starting quarterback this week.”

On how impressed he was with Campbell’s play and his leadership: “I thought Jason played very well. After looking at the tape, he was able to manage the game, was able to escape and get out of trouble, create some plays. He did a good job from a decision-making standpoint, protected the football, and he gave us a lift in that game. We were really pleased with how he played.”

To read more or comment...

Browns standout returner Travis Benjamin out for season with torn ACL, coach Rob Chudzinski says

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2013

Browns wide receiver and standout returner Travis Benjamin suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament Sunday while returning a punt during the third quarter of a 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, coach Rob Chudzinski said today during a news conference.

Benjamin will undergo surgery, which has yet to be scheduled, Chudzinski said.

Benjamin, a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft, ranks sixth in the NFL with an average of 11.7 yards per punt return, and he ran a punt back 79 yards for a touchdown Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Bills. He also returned three kickoffs for an average of 48.7 yards. He returned a kickoff 86 yards Oct. 20 against the Green Bay Packers. Benjamin tallied five catches for 105 yards and one rush for 45 yards this season.

“You saw the growth as a player, as a receiver as well as the obvious that you see as a returner on the punt returns and then some on the kickoff returns as well,” Chudzinski said. “It’s a tough loss for us, but we’ll have some guys step up.”

To read more or comment...

Browns quarterback Jason Campbell to start Sunday vs. Ravens, coach Rob Chudzinski says

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2013

Quarterback Jason Campbell will start Sunday when the Browns face the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium, coach Rob Chudzinski announced today during a news conference.

“I thought Jason played very well after looking at the tape,” Chudzinski said. “He was able to manage the game, was able to escape and get out of some trouble, create some plays, did a good job from a decision-making standpoint, protected the football and he gave us a lift in that game. So we were real pleased with how he played.”

Campbell started Sunday in place of benched quarterback Brandon Weeden and provided the offense with a spark in a 23-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell completed 22-of-36 passes (61 percent) for 293 yards and two touchdowns without an interception, posting a passer rating of 105.4 and taking just one sack, four fewer than the Chiefs were averaging per game entering the weekend.

Although the Browns (3-5) suffered their third consecutive defeat, Campbell and Co. rallied from a sluggish start that led to a 13-0 deficit and trailed the unbeaten Chiefs (8-0) by only three points for virtually the entire fourth quarter.

To read more or comment...

Final: Chiefs 23, Browns 17

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2013

The Browns (3-5) lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) today at Arrowhead Stadium. Below is our game day blog.

Game action

Final: Chiefs 23, Browns 17

On fourth-and-7 at the Browns’ 31 with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs leading by three points, QB Jason Campbell rolled to his right under pressure and threw across the field to wide receiver Davone Bess. Bess dropped the ball as he slid for it. It looked as if Bess would’ve had a first down had he held onto the ball. Bess also dropped two passes earlier in the game and fumbled while returning a punt.

To read more or comment...

Browns would entertain trade offers for tight end Jordan Cameron, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 27, 2013

Tight end Jordan Cameron is the latest Browns player to have his name mentioned in trade speculation.

Jason La Canfora of CBS reported today that some who have been in contact with the Browns, believe the team would entertain offers for Cameron as well as wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has been at the center of trade rumors since Sept. 22. The Browns would need a “steep haul” of picks and/or players to deal Cameron or Gordon, according to the report.

The Browns have been among the most active teams leading up to the NFL trade deadline at 4 p.m. Tuesday, La Canfora reported.

Cameron, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011, is in the middle of a breakout season. Cameron, 25, entered this weekend with a career-high 45 catches for 515 yards and six touchdowns.

To read more or comment...

Browns promote LB Darius Eubanks from practice squad to active roster, waive LB Brandon Magee

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2013

The Browns promoted linebacker Darius Eubanks from their practice squad to the active roster and waived linebacker Brandon Magee, the team announced today.

Eubanks, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound undrafted rookie from Georgia Southern, had spent all season on the Browns’ practice squad. He entered the NFL this year by signing with the Minnesota Vikings, who waived him Aug. 31.

Eubanks started 51 of 52 career games in college. A first-team All-Southern Conference selection in 2012, he started 13 games at safety and compiled 77 tackles. As a junior, he started all 14 games as a linebacker.

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 25, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today after practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Players and coaches worked awfully hard this week preparing for the Chiefs. We demanded a lot of our guys and are expecting them to respond. We’re excited about the opportunity and the challenge that this presents going to Kansas City. We need everybody to be at their best for the Chiefs in all three phases.

“As far as injuries go, a couple things: (LB Quentin) Groves we listed as doubtful; (DL Billy) Winn we are listing as questionable, and (rookie LB Brandon) Magee as probable.”

On how the week of practice was with QB Jason Campbell: “Good, I think he’s really responded, had a good week of preparation. This game, it’s not just all about Jason. He just needs to go and be himself and do the things that he can do. We’ve stressed to everybody around and him playing to their best, as well.”

To read more or comment...

Friday's injury report for Browns, Chiefs

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 25, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 25

Browns

Doubtful: Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle). Questionable: Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Probable: Linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique), defensive end Armonty Bryant (shoulder), linebacker Tank Carder (neck), running back Willis McGahee (knee), fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs) and cornerback Chris Owens (finger).

Did not participate in practice: Groves. Limited participation: Winn. Full participation: Magee, Bryant, Carder, McGahee, Ogbonnaya and Owens.

Chiefs

To read more or comment...

Thursday's injury report for Browns, Chiefs

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 24, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 24

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) and running back Willis McGahee (knee). Limited participation: Linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Full participation: Defensive end Armonty Bryant (shoulder), linebacker Tank Carder (neck), fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs) and cornerback Chris Owens (finger).

Chiefs

Did not participate in practice: Safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle). Limited participation: Tight end Anthony Fasano (knee/ankle) and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin). Full participation: Guard Jeff Allen (knee/groin), linebacker Derrick Johnson (wrist), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe), cornerback Ron Parker (toe) and fullback Anthony Sherman (knee/calf).

To read more or comment...

Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Chiefs

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 23, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 23

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle). Limited participation: Linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Full participation: Defensive end Armonty Bryant (shoulder), linebacker Tank Carder (neck), running back Willis McGahee (knee), fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs) and cornerback Chris Owens (finger).

Chiefs

Limited participation: Tight end Anthony Fasano (knee/ankle) and safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle). Full participation: Guard Jeff Allen (knee/groin), linebacker Derrick Johnson (wrist), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe), cornerback Ron Parker (toe) and fullback Anthony Sherman (knee/calf).

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference from Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 23, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today and announced a change at quarterback. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “(We’re) looking forward to playing Kansas City this week, an outstanding team, a very talented team [that is] well coached. I think (Chiefs Head Coach) Andy Reid has done a great job with them this season. If you look at their defense, they’re one of the tops in the league in a number of categories: points allowed, takeaways and sacks – a great talent and a great scheme. Defensive line wise, they’re big and strong there. (Chiefs DL) Dontari Poe is really playing good football. He’s a force in there inside. (LB Tamba) Hali and (LB Justin) Houston on the outside at their backer positions really bring edge pressure and some outstanding play there. (Chiefs LB) Derrick Johnson has been playing good for a long time. He’s good in all three downs as a run defender and pass defender, a very good football player. Their secondary is an outstanding secondary. Very solid at all three levels this team. (Chiefs DB) Brandon Flowers, as we know about, and (Chiefs DB Eric) Berry and (Chiefs DB Kendrick) Lewis at the safety positions really, really are playing well. Offensively, playing good football, mixing run and pass very well. They’re efficient and can give you a lot of different formations and cause some issues from that standpoint. (Chiefs QB) Alex Smith is managing the offense very well. He’s a run and pass threat. (Chiefs RB) Jamaal Charles is a dynamic player at the running back position as both a receiver and a runner. As far as their skills guys, (Chiefs TE Anthony) Fasano, (Chiefs WR Dwayne) Bowe and (Chiefs WR Donnie) Avery also give Alex Smith some options down the field. I really think their offensive line is very underrated; it’s a very good offensive line. That group has done a great job at blocking both run and pass. Special teams are one of the tops in the league. They have an outstanding core group with their kicker (Chiefs K Ryan) Succop and punter (Chiefs P Dustin) Colquitt, (Chiefs PR Dexter) McCluster and (Chiefs KR Quintin) Demps as returners. It’s a formidable unit. This will be another great challenge for our team, and we’ll be ready and prepared at our best this week.

“I have decided that we’ll start (QB) Jason Campbell this week. It’s a tough decision. I believe that this is in the best interest of the team, ultimately, and gives us the best chance to win. I’m excited to see what Jason will do with this opportunity.”

On when he made the decision to start Campbell: “Monday. Monday night.”

To read more or comment...

Browns QB Jason Campbell to start Sunday vs. unbeaten Chiefs, coach Rob Chudzinski says

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 23, 2013

Quarterback Jason Campbell will start in place of Brandon Weeden Sunday when the Browns (3-4) visit the Kansas City Chiefs (7-0), coach Rob Chudzinski announced this morning during a news conference.

“It's a tough decision,” Chudzinski said. “I believe this is in the best interest of the team ultimately and gives us the best chance to win. I'm excited to see what Jason will do with this opportunity.

“I think that looking at Jason and the things that he brings to the table, leadership, his experience, he's been productive and he's been successful in the league. I think when you look at his arm strength and you look at his mobility and some of those things and tie it into as far as a game plan standpoint, it's what we feel like we need for this game and gives us the best chance.”

Chudzinski said he benched Weeden because of a lack consistent production. Drafted 22nd overall last year by the previous regime, Weeden is 0-4 as a starter this season and 5-14 in his career.

To read more or comment...

Browns sign WR Brian Tyms off Dolphins' practice squad, waive WR Tori Gurley

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 22, 2013

The Browns signed wide receiver Brian Tyms off the practice squad of the Miami Dolphins and waived wide receiver Tori Gurley, the team announced today.

The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Tyms entered the NFL when he signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Florida A&M University on May 4, 2012. Tyms spent all of last season and the first seven weeks this season on the Dolphins’ practice squad.

He tallied 45 receptions for 661 yards and four touchdowns during two seasons at Florida A&M. He also spent two years at Tallahassee Community College.

The Browns promoted Gurley from their practice squad to the active roster Friday. It was the second time that happened this season.

To read more or comment...

Browns claim CB Jordan Poyer off waivers from Eagles, waive CB Julian Posey

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2013

The Browns claimed rookie cornerback Jordan Poyer off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles and waived cornerback Julian Posey, the team announced today.

The Eagles drafted the 6-foot, 191-pound Poyer this year in the seventh round (218th overall) out of Oregon State University. He appeared in three games with the Eagles and registered two tackles on defense and one on special teams.

Poyer also had a brief stint as an outfielder for Oregon State’s baseball team. The Florida Marlins selected him in the 42nd round of the 2009 MLB draft.

The Browns promoted Posey from their practice squad to the active roster Friday.

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 21, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss the team's quarterback situation and its 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Thanks for making it back in short time. You probably haven’t gotten much sleep, like me. I appreciate you being here. It was a tough loss to a very good football team. I give Green Bay a lot of credit. Simply, we did not play well enough. We did not execute, and we didn’t make the plays we needed to, and Green Bay was able to do that. We review the tape after the game, and we look at all the aspects of the game: first of all, starting with the coaches, what we or I can do better in trying to get our guys coached up for them to be able to perform better; secondly, how our players can perform better themselves. We’ll meet with them this afternoon and talk about that in detail with them. It’s a process that we want to improve on. I feel like I’m confident that the mistakes and some of the things that we did wrong yesterday are the types of things that we can improve on. We had 12 penalties, and that’s not acceptable. We’ll get better at that in eliminating those. There were a number of mental mistakes and breakdowns in some key plays that we weren’t able to execute on. Then, just making plays; [there were] some missed opportunities, some things that make a difference in the game, whether it’s a catch, whether it’s a sack and being close to those but not making the play. We need to get better at that. The last thing, I think that we’ve had some good practices and some good preparation in being able to, for our team, carry that from the practice field to the game that we weren’t able to do this past week. Those are all things we feel like we can improve on. Everything, as I mentioned last night, is still out there for us. [We have] another big challenge and opportunity for us to play this weekend against Kansas City.”

On if there will be a quarterback change: “I’ll stick with our process that we’ve had throughout, basically right now and up to this point, is about evaluating this last game. We’ll talk as a staff later on this afternoon. We’ll basically put the guys at all positions who’ll give us the best opportunity  to win.”

On at least considering a change at quarterback: “At all positions, we’re considering and looking at that. Typically, that’s what we do every week.”

To read more or comment...

Rob Chudzinski refuses to name Brandon Weeden Browns starting QB for Sunday

By George Thomas Published: October 21, 2013

BEREA: Coach Rob Chudzinski refused to name Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback for this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in his Monday afternoon news conference.

The Browns head coach said the team’s coaching staff will go through its normal weekly evaluation process before making a decision on the quarterback who endured another mediocre outing Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in a 31-13 loss at Lambeau Field.

To read more or comment...

Game day blog: Final — Packers 31, Browns 13

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 20, 2013

The Browns (3-4) fell to the Green Bay Packers (4-2) 31-13 today at Lambeau Field. 

Final: Packers 31, Browns 13

The beginning of the fourth quarter was fast and furious. Weeden led the Browns to the Packers’ 31-yard line but facing a fourth-and-15, head coach Rob Chudzinski elected to go for the first down instead of kicking what would have been about a 48-yard field goal in rainy conditions. Weeden’s pass to Gordon down the sideline fell incomplete and the Packers’ 17-6 lead held. The Packers put the game out of reach on the next drive on Jordy Nelson’s 1-yard touchdown catch—Nelson beat Haden on a slant route. That touchdown was set up by a 15-yard personal foul call on Tashaun Gipson. He was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit, although replays showed he led with his helmet. Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was carted off the field. Following Nelson’s touchdown, Travis Benjamin returned the kickoff 86 yards to the Green Bay 20-yard line. Brandon Weeden then hit Jordan Cameron from 2-yards out on fourth-and-goal for a touchdown to make it 24-13. The Browns then recovered an onside kick (Joe Haden) but the play was nullified, as Tank Carder was offsides. The second attempt was nearly recovered by Haden as well, but the kick never traveled 10 yards. Rodgers then found Jarrett Boykin for a 20-yard touchdown to seal the game. Brandon Weeden finished the game 17-for-42 passing for 149 yards, a touchdown and an interception and a quarterback rating of 48.6. Josh Gordon had just two receptions for 21 yards. Jordan Cameron finished as the team’s leading receiver with seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. 

End 3Q: Packers 17, Browns 6

To read more or comment...

Friday's injury report for Browns, Packers

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 18, 2013

Browns

Out: Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) and safety Josh Aubrey (ankle/knee). Questionable: Linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique). Probable: Running back Willis McGahee (knee), cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee).

Did not participate in practice: Winn and Aubrey. Limited participation: Magee. Full participation: McGahee, Owens and Sheard. 

Packers

To read more or comment...

Browns promote WR Gurley, CB Posey to active roster, put S Aubrey on IR, waive RB Rainey

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2013

The Browns promoted wide receiver Tori Gurley and cornerback Julian Posey from their practice squad to the active roster, placed undrafted rookie safety Josh Aubrey on injured reserve with an injured ankle and waived running back Bobby Rainey, the team announced this afternoon.

Aubrey sprained an ankle and knee during practice Thursday, coach Rob Chudzinski said. A team spokesman said Aubrey’s injured ankle is the reason he was put on IR, though it’s not broken.

Here is the news release from the Browns about the roster moves:

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Friday promoted Tori Gurley and Julian Posey to the active roster from the club’s practice squad. In addition, the team placed Josh Aubrey on injured reserve (ankle) and waived RB Bobby Rainey.

Gurley, a 6-4, 230-pound wide receiver, is a first-year NFL player. He appeared in the Browns’ first two games and recorded one catch for 15 yards, then spent the past four weeks on the team’s practice squad. Gurley appeared on the practice squads of Minnesota (three weeks), San Diego (three weeks), Tampa Bay (two weeks) and Oakland (two weeks) in 2012 after spending the entire 2011 season on Green Bay’s practice squad.

A two-year letterman at South Carolina, Gurley entered the NFL following his redshirt sophomore season. A native of Rock Hill, S.C., he graduated from Rock Hill High School.

Posey, a 5-10, 190-pound defensive back, is a first-year NFL player out of Ohio University. He was signed to the Browns’ practice squad on Sept. 2, after spending training camp with the Dolphins. In 2012, Posey appeared in two games with Miami and spent 11 weeks on the Dolphins’ practice squad. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, Posey spent 15 weeks on the New York Jets’ practice squad in 2011.

Posey is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated from La Salle High School. His younger brother, DeVier, is a wide receiver for the Houston Texans.

Aubrey, a rookie defensive back, appeared in six games on special teams. He recorded one special-teams tackle and rushed for 34 yards on a fake punt at Minnesota on Sept. 22.

Posey will wear No. 38 and Gurley will wear No. 81.

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today after practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “I feel like we had a good week of preparation. The focus and energy was really outstanding with the guys on the team. They’re really holding themselves to a high standard. That’s the thing that’s impressive. It says a lot about this team to me, where they’re at, the identity that we’re establishing. We have a relentless group of guys. They’re tough. They stick together and are passionate about playing football. I’m excited about that and excited about the opportunity to play Green Bay this week. I have an awful lot of respect for (Packers Head Coach) Mike McCarthy and his staff. It’s a tremendous challenge for us.”

On DB Josh Aubrey injury: “He got injured yesterday, sprained his ankle and knee in practice. We’ll get a little more information later on today, but he’s out for the game.”

On resting RB Willis McGahee during some practices during the season: “It’s a maintenance plan that we have with Willis as we’re going forward just to keep him fresh and ready to go the whole season.”

To read more or comment...

Browns notes: QB Brian Hoyer’s ACL surgery goes as expected, RB Willis McGahee returns to practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 18, 2013

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer underwent successful surgery this morning at the Cleveland Clinic to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, a team spokesman said.

No other ligament damage was discovered, and the procedure went as expected, the spokesman said. Team doctors Lutul Farrow and Mark Schickendantz performed the surgery. Hoyer is expected to make a full recovery.

Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius High School graduate, suffered the season-ending injury Oct. 3 during the first quarter of a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills when he slid awkwardly and hyper-extended his right knee as rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso hit him the helmet at the end of an 11-yard gain.

Hoyer, 28, led the Browns to back-to-back victories in the previous two games after quarterback Brandon Weeden suffered a sprained thumb Sept. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens.

To read more or comment...

Thursday's injury report for Browns, Packers

By Ryan Lewis Published: October 17, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 17, 2013

Browns

Did not participate: Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) and running back Willis McGahee (knee). Limited participation: Safety Josh Aubrey (ankle/knee) and linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique). Full participation: Running back Bobby Rainey (groin), cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee). 

Packers

Ruled out: Linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), linebacker Nick Perry (foot), running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee). Did not participate in practice: Linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring), wide receiver James Jones (knee) and defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder). Limited participation: Cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring). Full participation: Cornerback Jarrett Bush (hamstring).

To read more or comment...

Browns RB Willis McGahee sits out practice today

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 17, 2013

Browns starting running back Willis McGahee sat out practice today so he could rest his surgically repaired knees.

A Browns spokesman said the organization’s plan all along has been to give McGahee rest and there is no new knee injury to report. The spokesman said McGahee is probable to practice Friday, and he doesn’t expect a problem with McGahee playing Sunday when the when the Browns (3-3) visit the Green Bay Packers (3-2).

McGahee, who will turn 32 Monday, rode a stationary bike and worked out on the side with a trainer during the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media. He practiced Wednesday and was not listed on the injury report. The spokesman said McGahee would likely be listed on the injury report with an injured knee the rest of the season.

As a member of the Denver Broncos last season, McGahee suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and fractured his lower right leg against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 18, 2012. He sat out the 2003 season after suffering one of football’s most horrific injuries in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State for the 2002 BCS championship. McGahee tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee against the Buckeyes. He tore the same ACL his senior year at Miami Central High School.

To read more or comment...

NFL fines Lions DT Ndamukong Suh $31,500 for hit on Browns QB Brandon Weeden

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 16, 2013

The NFL fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $31,500 today for a hit he delivered against Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, according to the Lions’ website.

On third-and-4 at the Browns’ 26-yard line, Suh hit Weeden in the chest as he threw an incomplete pass that wide receiver Davone Bess dropped over the middle with 2:42 left in the first quarter. Suh wasn’t penalized for the hit in the Lions’ 31-17 win over the Browns.

But in a video posted on NFL.com, Dean Blandino, the league’s vice president of officiating, said, “No. 90 hit the quarterback, lowered his head, that was not called. Potential helmet to the body.”

The NFL has fined Suh seven times for a total of $209,000. Suh, a first-round draft pick in 2010, also was docked two game checks totaling $165,294 during a suspension in 2011.

To read more or comment...

Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Packers

By Ryan Lewis Published: October 16, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 16, 2013

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Limited participation: Linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique). Full participation: Cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee).

Packers

Ruled out:
Linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), linebacker Nick Perry (foot), running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee). Did not participate in practice: Linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring), wide receiver James Jones (knee) and defensive end Mike Neal (shoulder). Limited participation: Cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring). Full participation: Cornerback Jarrett Bush (hamstring). 

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 16, 2013

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

Opening statement: “We started working today on Green Bay. They present a big challenge for us on the road. I’m confident that we’ll embrace that challenge and our players will be excited about playing. To start with them offensively, outstanding offense, really been playing with good balance recently this season. Obviously, they’re still very explosive, make big plays and are able to score a lot of points. (Packers) Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a great player. He has the whole package: decisions, accuracy, his mobility and the production obviously that he is able to have. He has some good weapons, as well. Obviously, they’re missing (Packers WR Randall) Cobb for this week, but (Packers WR) Jordy Nelson, (Packers Bay WR James) Jones and (Packers TE Jermichael) Finley are all guys that can be matchup issues. You look at them, they can be very versatile, and size-wise make plays, great hands, all of those things that they have. Their running backs have been very productive this year. (Packers RB Eddie) Lacy has made a big difference for them and (Packers RB James) Starks is playing well. A number of games, they have had 100-plus rushing games. They have a solid offensive line that blocks very well in their zone schemes.

“Defensively, they give you a lot of different looks. It’s a very aggressive defense. They’re excellent versus the run. The defensive line, they have the big guys. You start there with (Packers DL Johnny) Jolly, (Packers DL Ryan) Pickett and (Packers DL B.J.) Raji. Outside linebacker, they’re missing (Packers LB Clay) Matthews and (Packers LB Nick), Perry who had injuries, but (Packers LB Mike) Neal has stepped in and did a nice job, as well as (Packers LB Andy) Mulumba. (Packers) Inside linebacker A.J. Hawk had a big game this last week and he’s playing real good football. In the secondary (Packers CB Tramon) Williams and (Packers CB Sam) Shields are fast, really solid, good corners. Their special teams is solid. They do a good job in that area, as well. It’ll be a great challenge for us, and we’re excited about getting the opportunity to go to Lambeau Field to play.

As far as a few things from an injury standpoint, (LB Jabaal) Sheard will be practicing. He was close this last game. We just felt like in a few more days he would be back ready to roll. (OL) Jason Pinkston is going to practice today so we’ll get him back, and he can practice for two weeks. At that point, we can make a decision as far as reactivating him, as well. (DL) Billy Winn will not practice today. He is running and he is getting closer.”

To read more or comment...

Browns discover new WR Charles Johnson has torn ACL during introductory physical

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 16, 2013

New Browns wide receiver Charles Johnson has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that the team discovered during his introductory physical, a team spokesman said today.

Johnson will be placed on the non-football injury list and undergo surgery. The Browns signed him off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad Saturday to fill quarterback Brian Hoyer’s roster spot. Hoyer was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee. Johnson was practicing with the Packers before joining the Browns.

Johnson will occupy a spot on the Browns’ 53-man roster until after they play the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 27. Per NFL rules, a team must count a player signed off a practice squad as part of its 53-man roster for at least three games.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Johnson, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, compiled 128 receptions for 2,229 yards and 31 touchdowns in two seasons at Division II Grand Valley State.

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss the team's 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Disappointed, obviously, from yesterday; a tough loss for our team and our fans. The Lions are a very good football team and they beat us in all three phases yesterday. We played well in spurts. Our main goal right now going forward is to be more consistent. It’s never just about one play or person to assign blame. We all can be better and there are many correctable points and things that we can grow from going forward with our players as we make the corrections. This was one game, as I mentioned yesterday. We’re 3-3 and we can only control the things that we can control going forward. Green Bay on the road is going to be a heck of a challenge for us and we’ll be excited for playing them when that comes around.”

On contemplating a change at quarterback: “No.”

On why he is not contemplating a change at quarterback: “This was one game. I thought that (QB) Brandon (Weeden) played well in spurts, and at times he made a couple of critical mistakes.”

To read more or comment...

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski sticking with QB Brandon Weeden as starter despite 2nd-half meltdown

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 14, 2013

Coach Rob Chudzinski is sticking with Brandon Weeden as his starting quarterback despite the second-year pro’s baffling, shovel-pass interception in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Chudzinski said the organization is not contemplating a change at quarterback and has not even discussed replacing Weeden with backup Jason Campbell. So Weeden will receive a shot to rebound when the Browns (3-3) visit the Green Bay Packers (3-2) Sunday.

“This was one game,” Chudzinski said today. “I thought Brandon played well in spurts and at times. And obviously he made a couple of critical mistakes.”

On first-and-10 at the Lions’ 44-yard line with the Browns trailing 24-17, Weeden flipped the ball toward fullback Chris Ogbonnaya a split-second before defensive tackle C.J. Mosley grabbed Weeden’s left ankle and dragged him down. Weeden insisted he attempted to fling the ball over Ogbonnaya and out of bounds. But linebacker DeAndre Levy jumped in front of Ogbonnaya and intercepted the pass in front of the Lions bench at the Browns’ 49 with 4:36 remaining.

Weeden called it a “boneheaded play.” Seven plays later, the Lions scored a touchdown to ensure they would snap the Browns’ three-game winning streak.

To read more or comment...

Game day blog: Final — Lions 31, Browns 17

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 13, 2013

The Browns (3-3) lost to the Detroit Lions (4-2) 31-17 today at FirstEnergy Stadium. Below is our game day blog.

Final: Lions 31, Browns 17

The Lions took a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter when Stafford found tight end Joseph Fauria from 23-yards out. Fauria was being covered by Craig Robertson, who never turned around to see the ball. The Browns couldn’t do much on offense after a Greg Little catch down the sideline that might have been complete was called incomplete, challenged by head coach Rob Chudzinski and upheld. Lions kicker David Akers then hit a 51-yard field goal to go up 24-17, giving the Browns a chance to tie the game. Weeden drove the Browns to the Lions’ 38-yard line but then tried a shovel pass to Ogbonnaya, which flailed in the air and was intercepted by DeAndre Levy. That play led to a mass exodus in the stands, as the odd attempt put the Browns in a major hole. The Lions ended the Browns’ chances when Stafford again hit Fauria in the end zone to go up 31-17. Weeden finished 26-of-43 for 292 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a QB Rating of 76.9. The Browns were outscored 24-0 in the second half. 

End 3Q: Browns 17, Lions 14

To read more or comment...

Browns sign WR Charles Johnson off Packers' practice squad, put QB Brian Hoyer on season-ending IR

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 12, 2013

The Browns signed wide receiver Charles Johnson off the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers today and placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on season-ending injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that he suffered Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Bills.

Hoyer is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday at the Cleveland Clinic, coach Rob Chudzinski said. Johnson, a seventh-round pick in this year's draft, has taken his place on the 53-man roster on the eve of the Browns' game Sunday against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Below is a news release from the team announcing the roster move.

BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns on Saturday signed wide receiver Charles Johnson off the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers. To make room on the 53-man roster, the Browns placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on season-ending injured reserve.

Johnson, a 6-2, 215-pound rookie from Grand Valley State, entered the NFL as the first of three Green Bay selections in the seventh round of April’s draft. He played in the Packers’ final two preseason contests before joining the team’s practice squad Sept. 2.

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today after practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “We’re pleased with our week of preparation. We’ve had three good days of practice. I think our guys, I like their attention to detail. They recognize the challenge that Detroit is, an outstanding team, very talented. We’ll need to be sharp and on top of our game in all three phases. It presents a great challenge for us. We’re excited for the challenge, and we’re also excited about being at home and having our fans out there as well for the game.”

On a process of maintaining momentum: “I think the best way is taking the approach that we have of just treating every single week as a brand new week and just resetting after the game is over, knowing the challenges that are ahead. You look at a team like Detroit and the type of team they are, it’s a great challenge for us in every area, individually and as a team.”

On why teams have been able to run the ball against Detroit: “They’ve actually played good against the run, and teams have been able to hit some big runs. You look at some of the teams they’ve played, and it’s just more about big runs as far as the averages go.”

To read more or comment...

Friday's injury report for Browns, Lions

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 11, 2013

Browns

Out: Quarterback Brian Hoyer (torn ACL in right knee) and defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Questionable: Outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee) and Quentin Groves (high-ankle sprain). Probable: Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion), defensive end Desmond Bryant (illness), left tackle Joe Thomas (elbow) and defensive end John Hughes (knee).

Did not participate in practice: Hoyer and Winn. Limited participation: Groves and Sheard. Full participation: Ogbonnaya, Bryant, Thomas and Hughes.

Lions

To read more or comment...

Browns notes with video: Jabaal Sheard on Lions DT Ndamukong Suh’s style: 'I don’t respect it'

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 11, 2013

Browns starting right outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard isn’t a fan of the way Detroit Lions standout defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh plays.

The NFL has fined Suh six times and suspended him once for illegal plays against opponents since he entered the league in 2010.

The Browns (3-2) will face the Lions (3-2) Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“I just watch the highlights that y’all put on ESPN with him hurting somebody,” Sheard said today after practice. “It’s crazy. It’s the league, so guys play hard. I respect how hard he plays, but I’m not a dirty player so I really don’t care for it. There’s offensive linemen that play like that. There’s a few guys out there that kind of just play that way. I don’t respect it. I don’t like it. He’s a great player. He’s a dominant player. I don’t think he needs to do all the dirty stuff.”

To read more or comment...

Thursday's injury report for Browns, Lions

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 10, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 10, 2013

Browns

Ruled out: Quarterback Brian Hoyer (torn ACL in right knee). Did not participate in practice: Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Limited participation: Outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard (knee) and Quentin Groves (ankle). Full participation: Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion), defensive end Desmond Bryant (illness), left tackle Joe Thomas (elbow) and defensive end John Hughes (knee).

Lions

Ruled out: Wide receiver Nate Burleson (forearm). Did not participate in practice: Linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle), offensive tackle Jason Fox (knee), running back Theo Riddick (concussion) and tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion). Limited participation: Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring) and safety Glover Quin (ankle).

To read more or comment...

Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Lions

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 9, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 9, 2013

Browns

Ruled out: Quarterback Brian Hoyer (torn ACL in right knee). Did not participate in practice: Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps). Limited participation: Outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard (knee) and Quentin Groves (ankle) and fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion). Full participation: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (illness), left tackle Joe Thomas (elbow) and defensive end John Hughes (knee).

Lions

Ruled out: Wide receiver Nate Burleson (forearm). Did not participate in practice: Wide receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee), tackle Jason Fox (knee), cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring), running back Theo Riddick (concussion) and tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion).

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 9, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Good to get back into a normal game-week routine. We’re looking forward to being able to be at home again against Detroit. As you look at their team, [they’re] leading the NFC North, extremely talented, well coached team. Offensively, loaded with weapons; they’re an explosive group that has gotten a lot and have been able to generate a lot of big plays. They’re very good at running screens, a very good screen team. (Lions QB) Matt Stafford is playing very well, distributing the ball to a lot of different targets. Obviously, (Lions WR) Calvin Johnson is a big part of what they do and the best in the business at his position. (Lions RB) Reggie Bush is a versatile player that does a lot of different things for them and is making a lot of big plays, as well. You can’t forget about that they have two very good tight ends in (Brandon) Pettigrew and (Tony) Scheffler and also a number of running backs as well so skill-wise have a lot of different options and a lot of different guys that have been able to make plays and hurt you. (They have) a solid offensive line. (Detroit C Dominic) Raiola, obviously, he is one of the top centers so it will be a good challenge for our defense. As you look at them defensively, a very good group. You start with their defensive line, outstanding defensive line. Everybody knows about (Lions DT Ndamukong) Suh and (Lions DT Nick) Fairley. Those guys are forces in the middle inside, and (Detroit DE Ezekiel) Ziggy Ansah is having a heck of a year and really coming on as a pass rusher. I think he has 3.5 sacks to date. They have a good group of linebackers, active group of linebackers and a very good secondary. You look at (Lions CB Chris) Houston and you look at (Lions CB Rashean) Mathis at corner, those guys are playing good ball. Their safeties (Lions S Louis) Delmas and (Lions S Glover) Quin are playing good, as well. From an offensive standpoint, we have another test for us. Their special teams is a very good group. (Lions P Sam) Martin is punting as well as anybody, really booming the ball. (Lions K David) Akers is a solid guy. Their core group of special teams players are very, very good, a real good core. This game is going to be a tremendous challenge for us again. We’re going to need to be at our very best.

“As far as today, just from an injury standpoint, we’re going to have (LB Jabaal) Sheard and (LB Quentin) Groves back at practice and we’re going to work them back in to practice. (DL Billy) Winn will be out of practice today.”

On a seamless transition with QB Brandon Weeden starting again: “I expect it to be. It’s our base offense. Whether (QB) Brian (Hoyer) or Brandon have been in, we’re running a lot of the same things and guys will be familiar with the same things that we’re running.”

To read more or comment...

Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky refused DUI blood test

By The Associated Press Published: October 9, 2013

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo police say Browns executive Jon Sandusky was cooperative but refused to take a blood test when he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

Police Lt. Joel Vettel says the 36-year-old Sandusky was pulled over for making an illegal turn at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday near downtown Fargo. The director of player personnel for the Browns allegedly crossed over three lanes of traffic to make the turn.

Under North Dakota law, anyone who refuses to take a chemical test is considered guilty of drunken driving.

Court records listed no attorney for Sandusky, who is out on bail.

Sandusky's father, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

To read more or comment...

Agent indicted for giving money to Browns WR Greg Little, other players in college

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer Published: October 9, 2013

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Georgia-based agent has been charged with violating the state's sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels football players and obstruction of justice.

An unsealed indictment states that a grand jury indicted Terry Watson with 13 counts of providing cash or travel accommodations to Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn valued at nearly $24,000 in an effort to sign them. Watson also faces one count of obstruction for not providing records sought by authorities.

The 39-year-old Watson, based in Marietta, Ga., was arrested Wednesday morning, released on a $50,000 secured bond and will have his first court appearance in the afternoon.

All three former UNC players are in the NFL. Quinn, a defensive end, was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2011, while Austin and Little were both second-round selections that year. Little is a receiver with the Browns. Austin, a defensive tackle, was drafted by the New York Giants but was released in August and signed with the Miami Dolphins last month.

To read more or comment...

Browns punt returner Travis Benjamin named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 9, 2013

Browns punt returner Travis Benjamin was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played Oct. 3-7, the NFL announced today.

Benjamin is the second Browns player in to win the award this season. Punter Spencer Lanning earned the honor in Week 3.

Benjamin, a second-year wide receiver, also won the award in Week 14 last season. The fastest player on the offense, he’s nicknamed “the rabbit” because he grew up chasing and catching the critters in Belle Glade, Fla.

“They kind of taste like pork chops to me,” Benjamin said. “So it’s a great meal.”

To read more or comment...

Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky reportedly arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2013

Browns director of player personnel Jon Sandusky was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving this morning in Fargo, N.D., the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported.

Fargo police pulled Sandusky, 36, over at about 1:50 a.m. today for making an illegal turn, according to the report. After administering field sobriety tests, an officer determined that Sandusky was driving under the influence. He was taken to the Cass County Jail and posted bail later today.

Sandusky is in his fourth season with the Browns. A team spokesman said, “We’re aware of the situation and currently working to gather facts.”

Sandusky is the son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University football coach who is serving 30-60 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing boys.

To read more or comment...

NFL approves funding for FirstEnergy Stadium enhancements, Browns could be picked to play in London

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2013

The Browns have been working on renovation plans for FirstEnergy Stadium, and the NFL approved $62.5 million in funding for such improvements at the owners meetings today in Washington.

The enhancements are expected to cost a total of about $120 million. In July, Browns CEO Joe Banner said the renovation project would likely unfold in two phases during the next two offseasons.

In November, Banner indicated the installation of new scoreboards and sound systems are on the agenda.

“Clearly in the area of technology as it relates to scoreboards and sound systems, things have advanced so far from when these systems came from,” Banner said. “I don’t want to prejudge anything, but it’s inconceivable we won’t be making some very dramatic changes there.”

FirstEnergy Stadium, formerly known as Cleveland Browns Stadium, opened in 1999 and seats more than 73,200.

To read more or comment...

Browns WR Greg Little pleads no contest to 3 traffic violations, assessed $732 in fines, court costs

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 8, 2013

Browns wide receiver Greg Little appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court today and pleaded no contest to three traffic violations.

He was assessed a total of $732 in fines and court costs, according to records.

Little pleaded no contest and was found guilty of operating without a license on Sept. 16. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of having illegally tinted windows and violating a traffic signal and changing his course on Sept. 28.

Little has had a slew of traffic violations in recent months, including some stemming from a frightening one-car crash. He told police he was driving 127 mph April 13 when he lost control of his 2011 gray Audi R8 Coupe, which crashed into a guardrail, knocked down a light pole and left about 40 yards of brake tracks on the Jennings Freeway in Cleveland.

To read more or comment...

ESPN reports Browns have discussed trading WR Josh Gordon to 49ers

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 7, 2013

The Browns have talked to the San Francisco 49ers about trading wide receiver Josh Gordon, but a deal is unlikely with Mario Manningham coming off the physically unable to perform list and fellow wide receiver Michael Crabtree expected back from injury next month, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also reported today that the Browns have talked to teams, including the 49ers, about dealing Gordon. The Browns would like a second-round draft pick in return, according to the report.

The previous regime drafted Gordon, 22, in the second round of the supplemental draft last summer. In three games this season, Gordon has compiled 18 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

Trade rumblings involving Gordon first surfaced the morning of Sept. 22, when Gordon returned from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and caught a career-high 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Before the game, Gordon became aware of ESPN reporting that the Browns were fielding trade offers and were open to dealing him and fellow wide receiver Greg Little. The next day, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski insisted the team had “no plans” to trade Gordon or Little.

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 7, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Good to be back practicing. We had a few days off, gave us a chance to recover and rest up from the short week that we had previously. We got a chance to do some introduction to Detroit and some initial work on them, but mostly, we want to focus on ourselves and getting ourselves better. Today’s practice is primarily a lot of fundamental work; coming out and getting some young guys some chances and opportunities to get some reps as well. Then getting some situational work, some things that we’ve wanted to get better at and focus on that. Detroit obviously is going to be a big challenge for us this week. We want to continue to keep improving. We’ve been able to improve every week and get better. That’s what we’re setting out to do this week, as well.”

On entering the week with two quarterbacks and signing an additional quarterback: “We’re looking at our options right now. We’ll determine that. Obviously, we have two guys that are comfortable and that have been in the system. We’ll just work through that. We have a number of different options that we can go.”

On why WR-PR Travis Benjamin does not return kicks: “Mostly, we focused him on the punts. That’s a little bit different type of return. On kickoffs, there is a lot more contact, and it’s a little bit different in terms of the return and how you hit those returns.”

To read more or comment...

Browns practice notes: Starting defensive end Desmond Bryant back in action after health scare

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 7, 2013

Browns starting right defensive end Desmond Bryant practiced today after leaving a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night because he was experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat.

Bryant was taken to the Cleveland Clinic during the game and hospitalized overnight before being released Friday. Despite the scare, Bryant is expected to play Sunday when the Browns (3-2) host the Detroit Lions (3-2), coach Rob Chudzinski said.

“He’s fine,” Chudzinski said Friday during a conference call. “Everything is back to normal. I’m not expecting any issues going forward.”

When Bryant played for the Oakland Raiders last season, he left a game Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an accelerated heartbeat. He then played the next week.

To read more or comment...

Transcript from conference call with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski held a conference call with reporters today to discuss his team's 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. Here is a transcript:

Opening statement: “I’m really excited for our coaches, players and fans about that game. It was a total team effort. Defense, offense, special teams all really provided a spark in the game. I give a lot of credit, hats off to Buffalo. It was a great game back and forth, an exciting one for our fans. The fans were a real factor in the outcome and just can’t say enough about them and what they did to help up and support us in that game. Right now our main focus is on consistency. There are a lot of things we need to work on to be more consistent at. We’re back coaching them today and meeting and improving and working on the things that we need to correct off of the film. There are definitely some opportunities to improve. I can’t say enough about the locker room, the guys in the locker room, our coaching staff on a short week of being able to make adjustments in game time. Obviously dealing with so many injuries that came up throughout the course of the game. We’ll need to get refocused and start working on Detroit immediately. We’re going to have to do our best for them.

Let me give you an update. I just got the word back on the MRI for (QB) Brian Hoyer. He has a torn ACL that will require surgery. There is no other damage besides the ACL. Obviously he will be out for the season. (DL Desmond) Dez Bryant is fine; he’s back to normal. No problems there going forward. Other than (RB) Chris Ogbonnaya, I mentioned last night, had a concussion, so he will being going through the concussion protocol during the course of the next few days and we’ll see where he’s at from there.”

On being open to pick up another quarterback: “Right now we haven’t had a chance to sit down. We’ll sit down with (CEO) Joe (Banner) and talk through what our plans will be from there.”

To read more or comment...

Browns SS T.J. Ward denies Bills' accusation that he told them QB EJ Manuel would be taken out

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2013

Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood called the Browns “classless” for the way they acted after knocking rookie quarterback EJ Manuel out of the game with an injured right knee in the third quarter Thursday night of Cleveland’s 37-24 win over at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Wood singled out strong safety T.J. Ward for allegedly telling Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso, his former teammate at the University of Oregon, that he should have warned Manuel that the Browns were coming after him. Ward denied the claim today during a conference call.

Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson hit Manuel’s right knee as he ran along the Bills’ sideline with 8:16 left in the third quarter. Gipson then looked at Manuel and pumped his fist.

Manuel is expected to be out a few weeks after suffering a sprained lateral collateral ligament that does not require surgery, Bills coach Doug Marrone said today.

To read more or comment...

Browns QB Brian Hoyer out for season with torn ACL, will undergo surgery, coach Rob Chudzinski says

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 4, 2013

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday night in the first quarter of a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills, coach Rob Chudzinski said today during a conference call.

Chudzinski said Hoyer will undergo surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Chudzinski told NFL Network during halftime that he feared Hoyer suffered torn ligaments. An MRI Friday confirmed the unfortunate news for Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius High School graduate who guided the Browns to back-to-back wins after they started this season with a record of 0-2. Chudzinski said Hoyer didn’t suffer any other ligament or cartilage damage.

“I talked to Brian,” Chudzinski said. “Obviously he’s disappointed, but if you know him and you guys have been around him a little bit to know how he positive he is and the type of person he is. He’s already thinking about when he’s going to be back. I reassured him that as well. I wanted to let him know how much he meant to us and what he did. But he’ll be back. He’ll make it back. He’s that type of guy.”

To read more or comment...

Quarterback Brandon Weeden rallies Browns as teammates rally him

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 4, 2013

CLEVELAND: Brandon Weeden hadn’t come off the bench in four years, but the similarities were startling.

The Browns quarterback didn’t think about it until his night was done, until he stepped out of the shower following the Browns’ 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium and saw a game program and noticed it was Thursday.

That’s when he’d last been thrust into this role, when he was a redshirt sophomore at Oklahoma State in 2009. He took over at halftime in a Thursday game against Colorado and threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys rallied for a three-point victory.

“We wore black uniforms, which was kind of unique because of the brown tonight,” Weeden said of new look the Browns sported. “We played pretty well for my first time live bullets. It’s kind of eerie the similarity, especially the uniforms and the night.”

To read more or comment...

Game day blog: Final — Browns 37, Bills 24

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 3, 2013

The Browns (3-2) defeated the Buffalo Bills (2-3) 37-24 tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium in a nationally televised game on NFL Network. The Browns currently have sole possession of first place in the AFC North. 

Final: Browns 37, Bills 24

Billy Cundiff hit a 24-yard and 44-yard field goal to put the Browns up 30-24, giving the Bills the ball with 2:19 remaining and three timeouts in a one-score game. T.J. Ward sealed the deal with just under two minutes remaining, though, when he intercepted Bills backup quarterback Jeff Tuel and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown to put the Browns up 37-24. Brandon Weeden finished the game 13-of-24 for 197 yards and a touchdown for a quarterback rating of 95.3. McGahee ran for 72 yards on 26 carries. Josh Gordon had four catches for 86 yards and Greg Little had caught three passes for 71 yards. 

End 3Q: Browns 24, Bills 24

To read more or comment...

Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Bills

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 2, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 2, 2013

Browns

Out: Defensive end Billy Winn (strained quadriceps). Doubtful: Outside linebackers Quentin Groves (high-ankle sprain) and Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee). Questionable: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain) and defensive end John Hughes (knee). Probable: Kicker Billy Cundiff (strained right quadriceps), guard Oniel Cousins (chest), quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (thigh).

Did not participate in practice: Winn, Groves and Sheard. Limited participation: Lauvao and Hughes. Full participation: Cundiff, Cousins, Weeden and Ogbonnaya.

Bills

To read more or comment...

Tuesday's injury report for Browns, Bills

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2013

Injury report for Oct. 1, 2013

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (high-ankle sprain), outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee) and defensive end Billy Winn (strained quadriceps). Limited participation: Kicker Billy Cundiff (strained right quadriceps), defensive end John Hughes (knee) and guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain). Full participation: Guard Oniel Cousins (chest), fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (thigh) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb).

Bills

Did not participate in practice: Cornerbacks Ron Brooks (foot) and Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and running back C.J. Spiller (ankle). Limited participation: Defensive end Mario Williams (ankle), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand), kicker Dustin Hopkins (right groin), running back Fred Jackson (knee), wide receiver Steve Johnson (hamstring), cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring), guard Kraig Urbik (knee) and cornerback Aaron Williams (back). Full participation: Safety Jairus Byrd (foot).

To read more or comment...

Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 1, 2013

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

Opening statement: “We started our prep for Buffalo yesterday, a very good football team. They had impressive wins against Carolina and Baltimore, right down to the wire against New England and the (New York) Jets. They’re doing things that they need to in order to win, and doing a good job of that.  They have an outstanding running game, a versatile, young quarterback; they can make plays; and an aggressive, opportunistic defense. We’ll need to be at our best for this game.

“Our focus has been good. Yesterday we got started, as I mentioned. Our guys are excited about playing Thursday night and having that opportunity. We’ll be excited to see our fans again at home for that game.

“Thursday night, again, is a special night. We’re honoring (Pro Football Hall of Fame RB) Jim Brown, the greatest player of all time, and certainly, the greatest Cleveland Brown of all time. When you grow up as a Browns fan, that’s the first thing you’re taught. We’re excited about that. He’s been great in terms of having him back here in the organization. He’s been very supportive. Personally, I’ve enjoyed the interactions that I’ve had with Jim. Him sharing his wisdom and some of his perspective has really helped me, and I know it’s helped the guys on the team, him being around and being somebody that they can talk to as well. You can’t say enough good things about the good he has done in the community and around the country for young people, as well. I’m excited for him.”

To read more or comment...