The Browns placed starting right defensive end Desmond Bryant on the reserve/non-football illness list with an irregular heartbeat, meaning his season is finished, the team announced today.
Bryant will undergo “a minor heart procedure” this week to correct the issue, Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said. Bryant is expected to make a full recovery and is expected to be able to resume his career, Gilbert said.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Bryant reported the symptoms Monday, a day after he played 47-of-74 snaps and finished a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gilbert said. Bryant is not in the hospital and is feeling fine, Gilbert said.
Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract with the Browns in March after spending the previous four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, has left games with heart problems in each of the past two seasons.
Bryant exited the Browns’ win over the Buffalo Bills early in the third quarter Oct. 3 because he was experiencing an accelerated heartbeat and shortness of breath. Bryant was taken to the Cleveland Clinic during the game and hospitalized overnight before being released the next day. He also left the Raiders’ game Nov. 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with similar symptoms. In both cases, he played the following week.To read more or comment...
Injury report for Dec. 4, 2013
Did not participate: Quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion, knee). Limited participation: inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), inside linebacker Craig Robertson (knee) and tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring). Full participation: Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe), running back Willis McGahee (knee), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee) and outside linebacker Paul Kruger (finger).
Did not participate: Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (not injury related). Limited participation: Cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin), cornerback Marquice Cole (shin), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee), safety Steve Gregory (finger), tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, hamstring), tight end Michael Hoomanawuni (knee), offensive tackle Will Svitek (ankle) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip). Full participation: Wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin), quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder), wide receiver Matthew Slater (wrist) and running back Shane Vereen (wrist).
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today before practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:
Opening statement: “Good morning. Let’s jump right into New England. A great challenge for us this weekend. They’re a great team. Obviously, I have the utmost respect for (Patriots Head) Coach (Bill) Belichick and his staff. They’re 9-3, first place in the AFC East. We have a group of guys that are competitors, and I know that they’re looking forward to the challenge this week, and we’ll be ready for that challenge.
“As you look at New England on offense, an outstanding offense. The balance between run and pass has been excellent this year. They’re running the no-huddle, which creates issues and we have to be ready for. It all starts with (Patriots QB) Tom Brady, one of the best in the game, one of the best that’s ever played. It’s amazing. He has new faces around him and is still able to produce the way he has throughout the course of his career, making plays in critical situations and finding ways to win. The receiver position, a couple of rookies, (Patriots WR Aaron) Dobson and (Patriots WR Kenbrell) Thompkins, who are playing as well as (Patriots WR Julian) Edelman and (Patriots WR Danny) Amendola, who in the slot that really give people match-up problems as you’re watching them on tape. They have a number of running backs that have been very productive. (Patriots RB) Shane Vereen is a dual-threat that plays a lot in their packages as a runner and as a receiver. At tight end, they use multiple-tight end packages. (Patriots TE) Rob Gronkowski, probably the best all-around tight end in the game, is a real weapon and a very difficult match up for teams. Their offensive line is very good, very solid, plays well and does a good job in both the run and the pass, as I mentioned, really helping their balance this year.
“Defensively, they’ve had some injuries, but they had guys step up and step in for them. They made key plays at key times. As you look at their defensive line, they’ve been hit by a number of those injuries, but those guys have stepped in and played solid. Their outside linebackers are a real good group. (Patriots DL Rob) Ninkovich and (Patriots DL) Chandler Jones, you look at Chandler Jones and his ability to create pass-rush; he’s a difference-maker in that area for them. Their inside backers, (Patriots LB Brandon) Spikes and (Patriots LB Dont’a) Hightower, are solid, good players and they’ve played well for them. Their secondary is a very good secondary. You look at (Patriots DB Aqib) Talib as a corner, as a match-up corner, and he’s playing against the best receiver that the opposing team has. (Patriots DB Alfonzo) Dennard and (Patriots DB Kyle) Arrington have played very well, as well. Their safeties are very versatile guys. I’m familiar with (Patriots DB) Steve Gregory from my time at San Diego, and (Patriots DB Devin) McCourty, are both playing their roles so well. They do a lot of different things in terms of dime; they can move those guys move down, they can play them deep as a safety so real versatile in terms of what they do in that standpoint.To read more or comment...
Coach Rob Chudzinski said this morning he still doesn’t know which quarterback he’ll start Sunday when the Browns (4-8) visit the New England Patriots (9-3).
Chudzinski called it a “fluid” and “unique” situation. He added that he’ll keep all possibilities open and could wait to name a starter as late as game day.
Chudzinski said concussed quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden have been cleared for activity, but not for practice. Chudzinski said there’s a possibility they could be cleared later this week, and both of them are still candidates to start Sunday. Campbell suffered a concussion Nov. 24 in a 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Weeden suffered a concussion Sunday in a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Recently signed backups Caleb Hanie and Alex Tanney will receive reps with the first-team offense today during practice and could also start against the Patriots, Chudzinski said.To read more or comment...
The Browns placed nickel cornerback Chris Owens on season-ending injured reserve and promoted cornerback Julian Posey from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced today.
Owens suffered a knee injury Sunday with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter of a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was hurt while tackling running back Maurice Jones-Drew during the Jaguars’ game-winning touchdown drive.
Owens, who signed a one-year deal with the Browns in March after spending the previous four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, appeared in 12 games and made three starts this season. He tallied 54 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He added seven special-teams tackles.
With Owens sidelined, rookie cornerback Leon McFadden is expected to receive the most extensive playing time of his young NFL career. A third-round pick in this year’s draft from San Diego State University, McFadden is the leading candidate to fill Owens’ role as the nickel corner. In other words, when the Browns deploy three cornerbacks, McFadden will likely join starters Joe Haden and Buster Skrine on the field. McFadden had been used sparingly until Sunday, when he played 31-of-74 defensive snaps.To read more or comment...
The Browns have signed veteran free-agent quarterback Caleb Hanie, a league source confirmed this morning for the Beacon Journal.The Browns later announced the move, which was first reported by ESPN Chicago.
But the team’s starting quarterback for Sunday when the Browns (4-8) will visit the New England Patriots (9-3) has yet to be determined, a team spokesman said this morning.
With quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden dealing with concussions, coach Rob Chudzinski during a news conference Monday did not rule out the possibility of signing a quarterback like Hanie off the street and starting him against the Patriots. Chudzinski also said backup Alex Tanney, who’s best known for the viral trick-shot YouTube video he was featured in two years ago, could receive his first NFL start.
Campbell or Weeden could also start if they’re medically cleared in time, but as of today, both of them remain in the NFL’s concussion protocol, a team spokesman said. They would need to pass a series of tests and receive clearance from an independent physician before returning to practice.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss his team's 32-28 loss Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars and its quarterback situation in the aftermath. Here is a transcript from the news conference:
Opening statement: “Not satisfied with our performance yesterday, as I mentioned last night. Losing is not acceptable. It’s not a mystery, there’s no curse, it’s not a matter of bad luck. There’s tangible reasons why we lost that game. We made critical mistakes and breakdowns that we can control as coaches and as players. That’s the tough thing. There’s a lot of good things happening. I see good signs in the direction and the progress this team is making in a lot of ways and the improvement there. Those things get overshadowed by the end results. Obviously, that’s the tough thing, especially in the last few weeks. But this is what I came here for. We have a plan. I believe in that plan and I’ll navigate us through this to the better days that lay ahead for us. I’m fully committed and undaunted in doing that.”
On if QB Brandon Weeden has a concussion: “He does. He has a concussion so he’s in the NFL protocol. We sent him home today.”
On if he knows when Weeden suffered the concussion: “I don’t. I don’t know exactly when it happened.”To read more or comment...
The Browns (4-8) have lost six of their past seven games and they aren’t sure who’ll serve as their starting quarterback on the road Sunday against the New England Patriots (9-3).
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said the team is keeping all options open at quarterback in the next 24-48 hours until it gets clarity on the status of Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden, both of whom are dealing with concussions.
Chudzinski said Campbell has been cleared for activity but not for practice yet. Campbell suffered a concussion Nov. 24 in the third quarter of a 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Weeden, meanwhile, was diagnosed with a concussion following Sunday’s 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chudzinski said he doesn’t know when the injury occurred. Weeden was sent home from the Browns' headquarters today, Chudzinski said.To read more or comment...
The Browns (4-8) fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) 32-28 today at FirstEnergy Stadium. Below is our game day blog.
Final: Jaguars 32, Browns 28
The fourth quarter was as wild of a quarter of football as you’re bound to see. Leading 21-20, center Alex Mack snapped it high over Weeden’s head, who was in the shotgun. Weeden had to kick the ball out of the end zone, resulting in a safety and a 22-21 Jaguars lead. Jacksonville then added a 25-yard field goal to lead 25-21. Back up at his own 5-yard line, Weeden hit Josh Gordon, who spun around and raced 95 yards for a touchdown with 3:55 left in the game to give the Browns a 28-25 lead. The Jaguars, though, put together a 9-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Cecil Shorts’ 20-yard touchdown reception over Joe Haden with 40 seconds left. Weeden's hail mary try at the end of the game was knocked down. Gordon finished the game with a franchise record 261 yards and two touchdowns on 10 catches. Weeden was 24-of-40 for 370 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
End 3Q: Browns 21, Jaguars 20To read more or comment...