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Browns have received permission to interview Josh McDaniels, NFL Network reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 31, 2013

The Browns have received permission from the New England Patriots to interview offensive coordinator and Canton native Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported today.

According to NFL rules, the interview must take place before the completion of the wild-card playoff games Sunday because the Patriots made the postseason and have a bye.

The Browns began asking for permission to interview McDaniels and other candidates Monday. They fired coach Rob Chudzinski Sunday night after just one season on the job. The team went 4-12 and finished with a seven-game losing streak and 10 defeats in the last 11 games.

Under McDaniels' guidance, the Patriots (12-4) finished the regular season with the NFL’s seventh-ranked offense (384.5 yards per game).

"Josh is the best offensive coach I could ever imagine," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told WEEI Monday morning. "He's so prepared. He's so confident in what he does. He figures out a way each week to get us in the best position as players to win.

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Report: Browns request permission to interview Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

The Browns have requested permission to interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for their head-coaching vacancy, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported today.

The Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski Sunday night after just one season on the job. The team went 4-12 and finished the season with a seven-game losing streak and 10 defeats in the last 11 games.

By interviewing Bowles, the Browns would satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for vacancies at head coach and the highest-ranking player personnel position.

Bowles has been an NFL assistant coach for 14 seasons. He coached defensive backs for the Browns from 2001-04. The Cardinals (10-6) finished the season with the league’s sixth-ranked defense (317.4 yards allowed per game).

The Browns also have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a Canton McKinley High School graduate, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, a league source said.

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Here's what Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, CEO Joe Banner are saying about firing Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner held a news conference today to explain the firing of coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night. Here is a transcript:

Opening statement: Haslam: “Good afternoon and thanks for coming. These type of decisions that we announced last night are always difficult. We’re talking about affecting people’s lives, their families, etcetera. In the case of Rob Chudzinski, a really good person, a good man, somebody we really respected and liked a lot, that makes the decision even tougher. If you’ll reflect back to, really I think the last time that I spoke with you all in a public manner, I think it was, I don’t know if it was July 26 or 27. It was the opening day of camp and you all asked me the predictable question, ‘What would be a good year? How many wins?’ I think if you’ll remember what we said was, ‘We don’t really want to answer that question,’ which probably didn’t surprise you. What we would say is that it’s really important that we show improvement during the course of the season. Specifically, we talked about, I believe if you look back at the quote, we needed to be better in the last three games than we were the first three games. As the season developed and what was a really nice start and as we got later into the season, it was our feeling that as a team we were not getting better. Yes, we had a young team, but I think if we’d reflect on it we would all say, ‘A young team should get better,’ and we simply didn’t feel like that was happening. I know Joe (Banner) and I sat up here a year ago and said numerous times that continuity was really important to any organization and we still feel that. We understand why there might be some skepticism. If you looked at Joe’s career in Philadelphia, the brief time period where we spent in Pittsburgh and if you look at how we run our business, it’s not one that we make personnel changes frequently. We understand the importance of continuity, but I think it’s really important for you to hear this. We also understand the importance of getting it right. There’ll be a lot of people who said we should’ve given this staff a second year, a second chance. That’s a very fair and valid comment. In our estimation, it was best that we make a change, try to get it right so we could move forward and candidly most importantly, give the fans here the kind of winner they deserve.

“There’s nothing that, and you all have every right to write it, that galls me more to read on Monday mornings, ‘Same old Browns.’ That’s not what we’re all about and that’s not what we came here for. You have a right to be skeptical and until we turn it around and start winning games, start winning important games, playing meaningful games late in the year and be sitting here this time of year talking about who we’re going to play in the first round of the playoffs, you have every right to be skeptical. But that’s Joe and my job, is to go out and find the person to lead the organization, to coach the team, to give us those kind of results. It’s something we take extremely seriously. We understand there will be skepticism until we get it right, and candidly, we deserve it. I know there’ll be questions about what you’re going to be looking for as a coach and I think you have to be careful. Coaches come in all shapes, form and fashions, but I think real simply, and we spent a lot of time talking about this, we want an individual who is a strong winner who knows how to win football games. We’ll begin our search immediately. I don’t know if it will take a week or a month, the importance is to get it right. There will be all kinds of rumors out there. We understand that. We’re not going to respond to any of them and it’s our intent to bring back the kind of coach I just mentioned to this room sometime over whatever time period. But the important thing is to get it right. I’ll turn it over to Joe and we’ll be glad to answer any questions.”

Banner: “There’s really not much to add. I just want to express the very difficult couple of days for us. I think everybody in the building, and I think you heard from our players, has a lot of respect for and likes Chud. We also have a number of assistant coaches whose lives are impacted. It’s been a hard time, obviously harder for them than for us but it’s certainly something we had feelings about and care about those individuals. We are going to go to work right away and as last year, we’re not putting a time limit on the search. If it happens quickly, that’s great and if it takes some time to make sure we get the right person, we’re prepared to do that.”

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Browns request permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

The Browns have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator and Canton native Josh McDaniels for their head-coaching vacancy, a league source confirmed today.

The Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski Sunday night after just one season on the job. The team went 4-12 and finished the season with a seven-game losing streak and 10 defeats in the last 11 games.

The Patriots (12-4) finished the regular season with the NFL’s seventh-ranked offense (384.5 yards per game).

The Browns wanted to interview McDaniels, a Canton McKinley High School graduate, last year before they hired Chudzinski, but he declined because he wanted to stay with the Patriots at the time.

McDaniels spent the 2009-10 seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos. He compiled a record of 11-17 before being fired following Week 13.

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Browns request permission to interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

The Browns have requested permission to interview Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for their head-coaching vacancy, a league source confirmed today.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news this afternoon.

The Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski Sunday night after just one season on the job. The team went 4-12 and finished the season with a seven-game losing streak and 10 defeats in the last 11 games.

The Seahawks (13-3) finished the regular season with the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense, allowing 273.6 yards per game.

The Browns also have inquired about interviewing Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their head-coaching vacancy, a league source confirmed today. The Broncos (13-3) finished the regular season with the league’s top-ranked offense (457.3 yards per game).

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on coaching search: 'We have to prove to you all we’ll get the right guy'

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner said they made the wrong decision by hiring Rob Chudzinski as their head coach less than a year ago, but they’re convinced they’ll find the right guy this time.

“We deserve the skepticism,” Haslam said. “We accept it. We have to prove to you all we’ll get the right guy. We’re confident we can do that. But until that individual comes in and wins football game, talk is cheap, so actions speak loud. We’re confident we can do that.”

Haslam and Banner fired Chudzinski after just one season on the job Sunday night and held a news conference this afternoon to explain their choice. Banner said the decision was made Saturday. The Browns went 4-12 and suffered defeats in their final seven games and 10 of the last 11.

“As a team, we were not getting better,” Haslam said. “Yes, we had a young team, but I think if we reflect on it, we would all say a young team should get better, and we simply didn’t feel like that was happening.

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Browns have inquired about interviewing Broncos OC Adam Gase for their head-coaching vacancy

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

The Browns have inquired about interviewing Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their head-coaching vacancy, a league source confirmed today.

The Browns shocked the masses Sunday night by firing coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season on the job. The team finished with a record of 4-12 and a seven-game losing streak to end the season.

The Detroit Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. He is also expected to receive interest from the Browns because of his long-standing relationship with General Manager Mike Lombardi.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a Canton McKinley High School graduate, and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, a former Patriots offensive coordinator, are expected to top the Browns’ list of candidates to replace Chudzinski, according to several reports.

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Ex-Browns coach Rob Chudzinski: 'I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired'

By Ryan Lewis Published: December 30, 2013

Former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski released the following statement just after noon on Monday:

"I was shocked and disappointed to hear the news that I was fired. I am a Cleveland Brown to the core, and always will be. It was an honor to lead our players and coaches, and I appreciate their dedication and sacrifice. I was more excited than ever for this team, as I know we were building a great foundation for future success. While clearly I would have liked to see the long-term vision through to the end, I am very grateful to Jimmy Haslam and the Haslam family for letting me live my dream."

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Browns to retain assistant coaches for now, new head coach to decide if he wants them

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 30, 2013

In the wake of the Browns firing coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season on the job, CEO Joe Banner met with the coordinators and assistant coaches this morning at the team’s headquarters in Berea.

The assistants were told they’ll be retained for now, but the Browns will be liberal in granting them permission to interview with other teams, a league source said. Ultimately, whoever becomes the new head coach will decide which members of Chudzinski’s staff he wants to keep, if any.

The Browns (4-12) finished the season with the NFL’s 18th-ranked offense (338.9 yards per game) under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Their defense ranked ninth in the league (332.4 yards allowed per game) under defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

The Browns will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. today to discuss their decision to fire Chudzinski.

For more about Chudzinski’s firing, here’s our story from today’s paper.

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2014 NFL Draft order: Browns have fourth overall selection

By Dan Kadar Published: December 30, 2013

Below is the 2014 NFL Draft order for picks Nos. 1-20. Each team's record and strength of schedule is listed.

1. Houston Texans - 2-14 (.559)

2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - 3-13 (.516)

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - 4-12 (.504)

4. Cleveland Browns - 4-12 (.516)

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Browns to fire coach Rob Chudzinski, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 29, 2013

The Browns will fire coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season on the job, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported this evening, citing unnamed league sources.

The Browns have yet to announce the move. Team spokesman Zak Gilbert declined to comment when asked about the report and stood by the following statement issued in the fourth quarter of today's 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field: “Our focus is on the game today. We will not discuss any evaluation of the season until this upcoming week.”

Hired Jan. 10 as the sixth full-time head coach of the expansion era, Chudzinski led the Browns to a record of 4-12 during his first season in charge. They finished the season with seven consecutive losses and their 10th defeat in the last 11 games. They failed to match the measly win total of five from last season, which led to owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner firing coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Penn State coach Bill O’Brien would likely top the Browns’ list of candidates to replace Browns, according to several reports.

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Browns spokesman says team has no comment on rumblings that coach Rob Chudzinski could be fired

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 29, 2013

Believe it or not, rumblings about Rob Chudzinski facing an uncertain future after his first season as coach of the Browns surfaced late last week, and they grew much louder Sunday. Part of the reason is that management was furious with the lack of effort it thought the Browns displayed last week in a 24-13 loss to the New York Jets.

“No comment on the rumors or speculation,” Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said today during halftime of the team's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. “That’s our stance.”

On Friday, Bleacher Report NFL columnist Dan Pompei wrote some people around the league won’t be surprised if Chudzinski is fired.

On Sunday, several other national insiders added to the speculation.

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Game day blog: Final — Steelers 20, Browns 7

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 29, 2013

The Browns (4-12) fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) 20-7 today in the regular-season finale at Heinz Field. Below is our game day blog. It will be updated at the end of each quarter.

Final: Steelers 20, Browns 7 

The Browns finally got onto the scoreboard but it was far too little, far too late. Campbell hit Fozzy Whittaker for a 35-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 2:46 left in the game. Prior to that, Suisham added a second field goal to put the Steelers up 20-7. Edwin Baker finished the game with 69 yards on 18 carries (3.8 ypc). Campbell was 23-of-41 for 240 yards, a touchdown and an interception. 

3Q: Steelers 17, Browns 0

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Five Browns players selected to 2014 Pro Bowl

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 27, 2013

The Browns have more Pro Bowlers than wins heading into their season finale Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The NFL announced tonight that the following five players were selected to represent the 4-11 Browns in the Pro Bowl: Wide receiver Josh Gordon, cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Jordan Cameron, center Alex Mack and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

The Pro Bowl will be played at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Honolulu.

Gordon, Haden and Cameron are first-time honorees. Mack will make his second appearance in the Pro Bowl after receiving the nod as an injury replacement following the 2010 season. Thomas has earned his seventh trip in each of his seven NFL seasons.

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 27, 2013

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

Opening statement: “This Sunday’s our last test for the season. Our guys have had a great week of preparation in getting ready for the Steelers. I’m looking forward to playing them and ending the season strong.

“Let me give you an update on injures. (DB) Joe Haden will be questionable; he’ll be a game-time decision. (TE) Jordan Cameron is also questionable; he’ll see an independent neurologist later on today and determine whether he can play or not. (OL Shawn) Lauvao and (OL John) Greco (are) both questionable, (DL John) Hughes is doubtful. Then (OL Jason) Pinkston, (DL Phil) Taylor and (TE Andre) Smith we’re listing as out for the game.”

On how Cameron did in his first practice since his concussion: “Moved around, ran around well. He looked pretty good.”

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Friday's injury report for Browns, Steelers

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 27, 2013

Injury report for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

Browns

Out: Left guard Jason Pinkston (concussion), tight end Andre Smith (strained calf) and nose tackle Phil Taylor (concussion). Doubtful: Defensive end John Hughes (knee, elbow). Questionable: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer), left guard John Greco (sprained knee) and right guard Shawn Lauvao (thigh contusion). Probable: Outside linebacker Paul Kruger (illness), safety Jordan Poyer (toe), left offensive tackle Joe Thomas (back), inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), running back Willis McGahee (knee), right offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness).

Did not practice: Pinkston, Smith, Taylor, Hughes, Haden and Lauvao. Limited participation: Cameron and Greco. Full participation: Kruger, Poyer, Thomas, Carder, Lanning, McGahee, Schwartz and Ward.

Steelers

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Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, strong safety T.J. Ward return to practice; six others sit out

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 27, 2013

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron practiced today for the first time since he suffered a concussion Dec. 15 in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears, a sign he’ll try to play in the season finale Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Strong safety T.J. Ward also returned to practice today after sitting out Thursday with an illness and an injured shoulder.

The following players remained idle and could be ruled out against the Steelers: Cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer), nose tackle Phil Taylor (concussion), defensive end John Hughes (sprained knee), guards Jason Pinkston (concussion) and Shawn Lauvao (thigh contusion) and tight end Andre Smith (strained calf).

The Browns will reveal their injury report to the media once practice concludes at about 12:30 p.m. today.

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Thursday's Injury report for Browns, Steelers

By Ryan Lewis Published: December 26, 2013

Injury report for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Browns
Did not practice: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer), strong safety T.J. Ward (illness, shoulder), right guard Shawn Lauvao (thigh contusion), defensive end John Hughes (sprained knee, elbow), left guard Jason Pinkston (concussion), tight end Andre Smith (strained calf) and nose tackle Phil Taylor (concussion). Limited participation: Left guard John Greco (sprained knee) and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas (back). Full participation: Inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe), outside linebacker Paul Kruger (flu), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), running back Willis McGahee (knee) and offensive right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

Steelers
Did not practice
: Linebacker Terence Garvin (knee), guard David DeCastro (back),  wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen). Full participation: Linebacker Jarvis Jones (illness), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related), strong safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related), and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger).

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Local writers select WR Josh Gordon as Browns' player of year, LT Joe Thomas as 'Good Guy' winner

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 26, 2013

The local chapter of Pro Football Writers of America unanimously selected wide receiver Josh Gordon as the Player of the Year in addition to picking left offensive tackle Joe Thomas as the Dino Lucarelli “Good Guy Award” winner for media cooperation. A news release from the Browns is below.

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon and OL Joe Thomas each have earned awards from the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) for the 2013 season. Gordon was a unanimous selection for the PFWA Player of the Year and Thomas was named the PFWA Dino Lucarelli “Good Guy Award” winner. The pair will be honored at the 34th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet in May at the Tangier Restaurant.

During a season in which he has worked with three starting quarterbacks, Gordon leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,564) and yards per catch (19.6), while playing in just 13 games. He is also first in the NFL with an average of 120.3 receiving yards per game and fourth in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,652 (1,564 receiving and 88 rushing). Gordon’s 1,564 receiving yards are a franchise record. His seven 100-yard games are also club a record and are tied for most in the NFL this season. He is leading the club with 80 receptions, tied for the sixth-most in a season by a Brown. Gordon became the only player in NFL history to top 200 receiving yards in back-to-back games. He totaled 774 receiving yards in four games (Weeks 11-14) and 649 in three (Weeks 12-14). Both figures are NFL records, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The “Good Guy Award” is given annually to a player for his cooperation with the media and for the way the player carries himself in the community and with his teammates. Thomas was one of 11 players nominated by the local media for the award and the first player to ever receive the award twice. Voted offensive team captain by his teammates, Thomas has started all 111 career games at tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since being selected by the Browns with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. His stretch of 6,859 consecutive offensive snaps is the longest active streak in the league. In 2012, he was one of three finalists for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Thomas has been selected to the Pro Bowl in all six of his NFL seasons and trails only Jim Brown (9) and Lou Groza (9) for the most by a Browns player.

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Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Steelers

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 25, 2013

Browns injury report for Dec. 25, 2013

Note: Neither the Browns nor the Steelers practiced today because of Christmas. However, NFL rules require the teams to submit an injury report with estimates about the participation level of injured players. Those reports can be found below.

Did not practice: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer), defensive end John Hughes (sprained knee, elbow), left guard Jason Pinkston (concussion), tight end Andre Smith (strained calf) and nose tackle Phil Taylor (concussion). Limited participation: Left guard John Greco (sprained knee), outside linebacker Paul Kruger (flu), right guard Shawn Lauvao (thigh contusion), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas (back). Full participation: Inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), running back Willis McGahee (knee), offensive right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder).

Did not practice: Linebacker Terence Garvin (knee), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related), strong safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related), wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen). Limited participation: Guard David DeCastro (back). Full participation: Linebacker Jarvis Jones (illness) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger).

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Browns agree to two-year contract with defensive end Brian Sanford, league source says

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 25, 2013

The Browns and defensive end Brian Sanford have agreed to a two-year contract, a league source confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. ESPN contributor Adam Caplan first reported the move this morning.

The Browns created an opening on their active roster Saturday by placing wide receiver Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list because he’s dealing with a family issue.

Sanford, 26, will provide help on the defensive line, which will likely lack depth Sunday when the Browns (4-11) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) because nose tackle Phil Taylor is recovering from a concussion and defensive end John Hughes is dealing with a sprained knee. Neither Taylor nor Hughes practiced Tuesday, and the Browns took today off for Christmas.

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 24, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Players and coaches are back to work today. Our focus is squarely on the Pittsburgh Steelers and finishing the season the season the right way. Pittsburgh is a very good football team. They’re in the playoff mix right now. They’ve played real well since the bye week and had a big win against Green Bay this past weekend. As you look at them from their offensive standpoint, a very versatile offense, explosive, big-play offense. They can attack in you a number of different ways with a number of different people. As always, it starts with (Steelers QB) Ben Roethlisberger and his ability to create plays and a very tough guy to get down and to affect. Outstanding wide receivers: (Steelers WR) Antonio Brown is having a great season; (Steelers WR Jerricho) Cotchery and (Steelers WR Emmanuel) Sanders, as well. Those three guys can do a lot of different things, are extremely dangerous and once they have the ball in their hands as run-after-catch guys, good route runners and very versatile players. Their running back (Steelers RB Le’Veon) Bell has really had a nice year. He’s gotten better. I know he’s a young player, a rookie who’s really improved. (He) runs tough and has been able to get good yards for them in the run game. (Steelers TE) Heath Miller, a solid tight end, as always. Their offensive line has improved and gotten better as the season has gone on and is playing really well.

“Defensively, as we know, an attacking style defense. Everything starts on defense with (Steelers DB) Troy Polamalu. He’s still the playmaker that he has been. He made a big play in the Green Bay game and certainly all season long has made those type of plays. You have to account for him. In their front seven, (Steelers LB LaMarr) Woodley, (Steelers DL Brett) Keisel and (Steelers LB Lawrence) Timmons are still there. Those guys, we’ve been familiar with for a long time, but they do have some new guys who are making an impact. (Steelers DL Steve) McLendon is a guy that catches your eye inside. Their defensive line is playing very well. (Steelers LB) Jarvis Jones of course and (Steelers LB Jason) Worilds on the outside are some young guys that you see a lot from. (Steelers DB) Ike Taylor is still playing solid corner as ever, and (Steelers DB) Ryan Clark in the back end playing well.

“Special teams are very good. Antonio Brown is a big huge of that. That’s a big challenge for us to be able to handle him as a returner in our coverage units. They’re solid in the punt and kick game and the rest of their special teams. We’re looking forward to the challenge.

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 23, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss his team's 24-13 loss to the New York Jets. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “After watching tape, I feel the same way as I did last night. Not happy with our performance, as both coaches and players. Our execution was not good enough. We weren’t able to accomplish the things we set out to in terms of our plan in order to win. Specifically turnovers, the performance in the third down and the red zone, as well as the line-of-scrimmage battle up front on both sides of the ball. I know how important this team is to this region and to our fans, and we’re going to keep fighting to get this thing turned around.”

On what has happened to the run defense: “Each week it’s different. There’s not just one specific thing that you can put your finger on. In terms of yesterday’s game, we got blocked out of our gaps at times, we misfit some of the runs, we lost contain. At times we had some guys trying to do too much, and it’s definitely something that needs to get fixed. It was a key to the game, us stopping the run. We went in and committed a lot of guys in the box. So it’s something that’s disappointing and, again, we need to fix.”

On getting so little pressure on Jets QB Geno Smith: “We actually pressured quite a bit blitzing. We weren’t able to get pressure. We had a lot of one-on-ones didn’t win. Again, that was a key to the game, the line of scrimmage and our inability to get pressure on him. We did bat a few balls down but we didn’t get enough pressure to make a difference.”

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Browns cornerback Joe Haden to face Jets despite hip pointer he suffered last week

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 22, 2013

Browns cornerback Joe Haden will push through the pain caused by a hip pointer and face the New York Jets today at MetLife Stadium.

Haden suffered the bruised hip last week in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears. He was knocked out of the game with 4:16 left in the third quarter when offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod’s left knee collided with his left hip during a running play.

Haden sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, but returned to action on a limited basis Friday. He was listed as questionable entering this weekend.

During a conference call Wednesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan said it “would be a break” for the his team if Haden, the Browns’ No. 1 cornerback, was sidelined today against an offense led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who ranks second in the NFL with 21 interceptions. Ryan said Haden sitting out was on his “Christmas list.”

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Game day blog: Final: Jets 24, Browns 13

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 22, 2013

The Browns (4-11) lost to the New York Jets (7-8) 24-13 today. Below is our game day blog. 

Final: Jets 24, Browns 13

The Jets took the lead early in the quarter and never looked back. David Nelson beat Buster Skrine for his second touchdown of the game from the 5 yards out to give the Jets a 17-10 lead. The Browns, looking to answer, again shot themselves in the foot inside the red zone. Edwin Baker looked like he had his second touchdown on the ground for the game, but a false start on Gary Barnidge took points off the board. The Browns couldn't convert, and Cundiff hit a 21-yard field goal to make it 17-13 with 9:40 remaining. The Jets then put together a drive that took 6:21 off the clock and put the game out of reach, as Geno Smith found the end zone on a 13-yard scramble from the 13-yard line. The final blow was an Ed Reed interception of Jason Campbell. 

End 3Q: Browns 10, Jets 10 

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Friday's injury report for Browns, Jets

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 20, 2013

Injury report Dec. 20, 2013

Browns

Out: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), left guard John Greco (knee) and tight end Andre Smith (calf). Questionable: Cornerback Joe Haden (hip) and wide receiver Davone Bess (not injury related). Probable: Outside linebacker Eric Martin (illness), running back Willis McGahee (concussion, knee), defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), offensive left tackle Joe Thomas (back), inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), right offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder).

Did not practice: Cameron, Greco, Smith and Bess. Limited participation: Haden. Full participation: Martin, McGahee, Rubin, Thomas, Carder, Lanning, Schwartz and Ward.

Jets

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 20, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Our players continue to impress me in terms of their preparation and dedication to winning. We’ve had a great week of practice and preparation. We’ll continue to work to find ways to get better. This will be a great opportunity for us this week against the Jets.”

On DB Joe Haden’s status: “He’s questionable for the game so we’ll see in the next couple of days how it goes for him and if he’ll be ready.”

On what Haden did in practice today: “He moved around and did some things today. I thought he looked good. Again, we’ll wait and see how it goes before the game.”

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Browns CB Joe Haden returns to practice today after sitting out previous 2 days with hip pointer

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 20, 2013

Browns cornerback Joe Haden returned to practice today, a sign he’ll likely try to push through the pain caused by a hip pointer he suffered this past weekend and face the New York Jets on Sunday.

“I want to play for sure,” Haden said.

Haden said he'll definitely travel with the Browns on Saturday, and whether he plays Sunday will basically be a game-time decision. He was limited today during practice, and he's listed as questionable on the injury report.

"It’s starting to feel better," Haden said. "I’m just trying to see what I can do coming out of my breaks. They don’t want me to do too much now. So we’re still just treating it. If I’m going to be able to go, then it’ll be for Sunday.”

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Thursday's Injury Report for Browns, Jets

By Ryan Lewis Published: December 19, 2013

Injury report for Dec. 19, 2013 

Browns
Did not participate: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), wide receiver Davone Bess (not injury related), offensive guard John Greco (knee), cornerback Joe Haden (hip), and tight end Andre Smith (calf). Limited participation: Inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (not injury related), running back Willis McGahee (concussion, knee), defensive end (Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and left tackle Joe Thomas (back). Full participation: Inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), linebacker Eric Martin (illness) punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder). 

Jets
Did not participate
: Safety Ed Reed (not injury related). Limited participation: Tight end Kellen Winslow (knee), cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip), wide receiver Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring), defensive back Ellis Lankster (jaw) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (wrist/finger). Full participation: Defensive end Quinton Coples (shoulder), defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis (back), offensive lineman Austin Howard (knee), wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (elbow), linebacker Garrett McIntyre (knee/elbow), wide receiver David Nelson (ribs) and defensive lineman Mo Wilkerson (wrist). 

 

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CB Joe Haden rides stationary bike as Browns practice, but no sign of concussed TE Jordan Cameron

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 19, 2013

Browns cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer) and tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) remained idle today during practice.

Both of them were hurt this past weekend in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears, so their availability for Sunday at the New York Jets is in question. Haden worked out on a stationary bike today during practice, a sign he might try to push through the injury and practice Friday. As for Cameron, there was no sign of him.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Davone Bess (illness) joined the list of players sitting out during practice. Left guard John Greco (sprained medial collateral ligament in right knee) and tight end Andre Smith (strained calf) remained sidelined.

Linebacker Eric Martin (illness) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday.

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Wednesday's Injury Report for Browns, Jets

By Ryan Lewis Published: December 18, 2013

Injury report for Dec. 18, 2013 

Browns
Did not participate: Tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion), offensive guard John Greco (knee), cornerback Joe Haden (hip), linebacker Eric Martin (illness) and tight end Andre Smith (calf). Limited participation: Inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (not injury related), running back Willis McGahee (concussion, knee), defensive end (Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and left tackle Joe Thomas (back). Full participation: Inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder). 

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 18, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Our coaches and players are busy preparing for the Jets game. We’re very focused on these last two weeks of the season, and we want to close out this season the right way. We’re committed to do everything we can to get prepared to win these next two games. Obviously, that starts this week with the Jets. They’re a very solid team. I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff.

“As you look at them on tape, offensively, very versatile with big play potential. Their quarterback Geno Smith is a young, talented player who we had a chance to take a look at and get to know him before the draft. (He’s) developing. He’s very athletic and has a big arm in their offense and the things that he does there. (Jets RB Chris) Ivory and (Jets RB Bilal) Powell are two very good runners. They complement each other. Ivory is a very physical player, and Powell is one of their guys that’s getting a lot of balls and catching a lot of balls. They’re a good one-two punch for them. Skill-player wise, (Jets WR) Santonio Holmes and (Jets WR Jeremy) Kerley playing in the slot are two very good players and very good receivers and have been for a long time. (Jets WR) David Nelson also is playing there. (Jets TE Kellen) Winslow, as we know, is still plugging along and playing and catching passes and doing a good job for them. (Jets TE) Jeff Cumberland is a younger guy whose got some reps this season and shown very well. Their offensive line is very solid. It’s a good, physical group. They run the ball very well and do a good job up front.

“Defensively, they have an outstanding defense. They play the multiple fronts, pressure packages. Their front seven, there’s a lot of playmakers. (Jets DL Muhammad) Wilkerson and (Jets DL Sheldon) Richardson are two young, very impressive guys that can be dominant players and are showing to be dominant players in this league. (Jets LB) David Harris, I have a lot of respect for as an inside linebacker, very active and does a lot for their defense and getting them going. Outside linebackers (Calvin) Pace and (Quinton) Coples both are really good rush guys and productive and bring the pressure off the edge. Secondary wise: (Jets CB Antonio) Cromartie and then (Jets DB Dee) Milliner, one of the top picks in the draft last season, those guys are playing at their corner position. (Jets DB) Ed Reed, one of the best ever to play at that position at safety and (Jets DB Dawan) Landry (is) the other safety. Those are good players in the back end.

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Browns TE Jordan Cameron, CB Joe Haden sitting out practice today

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 18, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said starting tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and starting cornerback Joe Haden (hip pointer) are among the players who won’t practice today.

Cameron suffered a concussion at some point Sunday in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears, but he didn’t report symptoms until Monday, Chudzinski said. Cameron sat out the final two games of the 2012 season with a concussion.

If Cameron can’t play Sunday when the Browns (4-10) visit the New York Jets (6-8), tight ends Gary Barnidge and MarQueis Gray will receive more playing time.

Haden will sit out with the bruised hip that knocked him out of the game Sunday in the third quarter. Chudzinski described Haden’s status as day-to-day. If Haden can’t face the Jets, cornerbacks Julian Posey and Leon McFadden will play more.

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Browns waive CB Chris Owens, WR Armanti Edwards off injured reserve

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 17, 2013

The Browns waived cornerback Chris Owens and wide receiver Armanti Edwards off injured reserve, the team announced today.

The team placed Owens on IR Dec. 3 after he suffered a sprained knee two days earlier in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Edwards landed on IR Nov. 20 after he suffered an injured ankle three days earlier in a loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

On March 22, the Browns signed Owens, 27, as an unrestricted free agent to a one-year deal worth $1 million, plus incentives. After falling short in a competition with Buster Skrine for the starting cornerback job opposite Joe Haden, Owens served as the team’s nickel corner for the first 12 games of the season.

Owens, who spent the previous four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, tallied 54 tackles, including 2½ sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to go along with seven special-teams tackles. Rookie Leon McFadden, a third-round draft pick, became the nickel corner once Owens was hurt.

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Browns CB Joe Haden concedes pain from injured hip could force him to sit out Sunday vs. Jets

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 16, 2013

Cornerback Joe Haden said he doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to play this coming weekend when the Browns (4-10) visit the New York Jets (6-8) because the hip pointer he suffered Sunday during a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears has him in pain.

“I’m good. I should be good,” Haden said this afternoon. “It’s just day-by-day right now ‘cause it hurts.”

The Browns’ top cornerback, Haden said he had no idea whether he would be able to participate in practice when it resumes Wednesday. He said his injury makes it difficult to sleep.

“It just hurts,” Haden said. “You can’t really lay like you want to.”

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Browns coach Rob Chudzinski's fourth child, third son born this morning

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 16, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has some good news despite his team’s 4-10 record and five-game losing streak.

His wife, Sheila, gave birth to a baby boy this morning, the team announced. Sheila and the baby are well, a team spokesman said.

Chudzinski knew he was headed to the hospital Sunday night after the Browns’ 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears in the home finale at FirstEnergy Stadium. By this morning, his fourth child, and third son, was born.

Chudzinski’s news conference scheduled for noon today has been canceled. He will still speak to beat writers later this afternoon via a conference call.

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Browns WR Josh Gordon starts vs. Bears despite being involved in minor car accident Saturday

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 15, 2013

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was involved in a minor car accident Saturday but was not injured, team spokesman Zak Gilbert said.

Gordon started today against the Chicago Bears as expected.

On his way to team meetings at the Browns’ hotel, Gordon was a passenger in his SUV when a vehicle in front of it lost control because of the weather, causing the SUV to swerve, Gilbert said.

Gordon still attended the team meeting and was medically cleared to play after the accident, Gilbert said.

Others involved in the accident are not believed to be injured, Gilbert said.

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Game day blog: Final — Bears 38, Browns 31

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 15, 2013

The Browns (4-10) lost to the Chicago Bears (8-6) 38-31 today in the final game this season at FirstEnergy Stadium. Below is our game day blog.

Final: Bears 38, Browns 31

The fourth quarter was all Chicago, and the Browns lost their third straight game in which they held a fourth-quarter led. The Bears tied the game 24-24 on a 45-yard heave from Cutler to Jeffery early in the quarter. Cutler then found Earl Bennett from the 4-yard line to take a 31-24 lead with 5:41 left in the game. Michael Bush sealed the game with a 40-yard touchdown run just before the 2-minute warning. Campbell hit Josh Gordon for a 43-yard touchdown in the game's final minute, but the Browns couldn't recover the onside kick. Campbell finished the game 23-of-39 for 273 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. 

End 3Q: Browns 24, Bears 17

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Friday's injury report for Browns, Bears

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 13, 2013

Injury report for Dec. 13, 2013

Browns

Out: Guard John Greco (sprained right knee), running back Willis McGahee (concussion, knee) and tight end Andre Smith (calf). Probable: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (ankle), left offensive tackle Joe Thomas (back), quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion, knee), offensive tackle Reid Fragel (illness), tight end Jordan Cameron (ribs), inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), inside linebacker Craig Robertson (knee), tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring), outside linebacker Paul Kruger (elbow), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe, knee) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder).

Did not practice: Greco, McGahee and Smith. Limited participation: Rubin. Full participation: Fragel, Jackson, Thomas, Weeden, Cameron, Carder, Gray, Kruger, Lanning, Robertson, Schwartz and Ward.

Bears

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 13, 2013

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

Opening statement: “We’ve had a good week of preparation. I’m proud of the way both our coaches and players have responded to the ups and downs of the season. This is certainly a big challenge for us this week against the Bears. We’re excited about getting back out in front of our fans out at FirstEnergy Stadium and looking forward to the opportunity to play them. Let’s go right to questions. Actually, let me say, as far as the injury goes, (RB Willis) McGahee, (OL John) Greco and (TE) Andre Smith are all out for this game. (QB Brandon) Weeden has been cleared for this game. Now I’ll take questions.”

On when Weeden was cleared to play: “He was cleared yesterday.”

On if Weeden will be the No. 2 quarterback: “He’ll be the No. 2.”

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Browns coach names Brandon Weeden No. 2 QB, Jason Pinkston starting left guard vs. Bears

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 13, 2013

Quarterback Brandon Weeden has been medically cleared to play Sunday, and he’ll serve as starter Jason Campbell’s primary backup when the Browns (4-9) host the Chicago Bears (7-6), coach Rob Chudzinski announced today.

Weeden suffered a concussion Dec. 1 when Campbell was sidelined against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Weeden was inactive this past weekend in a 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots, and he didn’t start practicing again until Wednesday. He was officially cleared to play on Thursday.

Chudzinski also said Jason Pinkston will start at left guard Sunday in place of John Greco, who has been ruled out with the sprained medial collateral ligament he suffered Sunday against the Patriots. It’ll be Pinkston’s first start since Oct. 14, 2012. He missed the final 10 games last season after a blood clot was discovered in his lung, and he sat out most of this season after suffering a high-ankle sprain Aug. 15 in an exhibition game. Pinkston appeared in his first game this season when he filled in for Greco after he left in the second quarter against the Patriots.

“It’s been a long road, a tough road for him going back to the embolism and then getting back to the point during training camp where he was feeling better,” Chudzinski said. “You could see him getting back to normal, and then he has the high-ankle sprain. So we got him back, and he’s been through a lot. I’ve really been impressed with his attitude, how he’s worked, the weight room, all the extra things, the rehab, he was in there non-stop, and in the game [Sunday], you could see he was excited about playing again. So I feel good for him. He did a good job last week, and he’s had a good week of practice.”

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Thursday's injury report for Browns, Bears

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 12, 2013

Injury report for Dec. 12, 2013

Browns

Did not practice: Guard John Greco (sprained right knee) and running back Willis McGahee (knee, concussion). Limited participation: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), tight end Andre Smith (calf), inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (ankle) and left offensive tackle Joe Thomas (back). Full participation: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion, knee), offensive tackle Reid Fragel (illness), tight end Jordan Cameron (ribs), inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring), outside linebacker Paul Kruger (elbow), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe, knee) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder). 

Bears

Limited participation: Linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder). Full participation: Quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle).

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Browns name OLB Jabaal Sheard their Walter Payton Man of the Year

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 12, 2013

The Browns named outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard their 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year today. The award recognizes players for community service and playing excellence.

Below is a news release from the Browns.

BEREA, Ohio -- Jabaal Sheard has been named the Cleveland Browns 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year, the team announced Thursday. Renamed in 1999 after legendary Chicago Bears Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, the accolade is presented to one member of each of the 32 teams, highlighting players’ community service and playing excellence. Sheard will be recognized during pregame festivities Sunday against Chicago, the Browns’ final home game at FirstEnergy Stadium this season.

From the league-wide designees, three NFL finalists will be selected to be honored during the week of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York-New Jersey. The 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 1, during the Third Annual NFL Honors, where the league will salute its best players, performances and plays from 2013. 

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Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Bears

By Ryan Lewis Published: December 11, 2013

Injury report for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Browns
Did not participate
: Offensive lineman Reid Fragel (illness), guard John Greco (knee) and running back Willis McGahee (knee, concussion). Limited participation: Inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (ankle), left tackle Joe Thomas (back) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion, knee). Full participation: Tight end Jordan Cameron (ribs), inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring), outside linebacker Paul Kruger (elbow), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee), right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe, knee) and strong safety T.J. Ward. 

Bears
Did not participate
: Linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder). Limited participation: quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle). 

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 11, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Good morning. Let’s get right to Chicago – tied with Detroit at 7-6 in the NFC North, a very good team coming off of an impressive win against Dallas on Monday night. This is our last game at home. We have great fans here. I really appreciate them. It’s important for us to show them on Sunday the direction that we’re going and that we feel like we’re going. We’re committed to being our very best for this game.

“Offensively, as you look at Chicago, they’re a top-10 offense in most categories and really playing well. At (the) quarterback position, obviously, (Bears QB Jay) Cutler and (Bears QB Josh) McCown have both played and played at a high level. They’re both good system fits for what they’re doing, and they’ve been very good play out of both of them. I know that McCown was named as the (NFC) offensive player of the week (by the NFL) just today, I believe. They have great weapons on offense, and as you look at their skill players, (Bears WR) Brandon Marshall and (Bears WR Alshon) Jeffery, big, big receivers, strong guys; the guys that can make things happen, real dynamic guys with the ball in their hands after the catch, as well. (Bears WR) Earl Bennett’s a solid No. 3 receiver, comes in and does a good job of making plays. (Bears TE) Martellus Bennett, a big tight end, a very good combination player as a blocker and as a receiver. The guy who really, I think, is the key to their offense is (Bears RB) Matt Forté, a complete player, a complete back. He can run, he can catch and runs great routes, and he blocks for them, as well, when he needs to do that. Then (Bears RB) Michael Bush is a change-of-pace runner that gets tough yards inside. You really look at the weapons in their skill positions and are really impressive there.

“I think their offensive line has played very well, giving up, I think, the third-fewest sacks in the league. They’ve run the ball. They’ve been balanced in what they’re doing, and their offensive line is a big reason for that. Young guy, (Bears OL) Kyle Long was one of the top offensive linemen coming out; he’s playing real well. (Bears OL Roberto) Garza has been playing well for years inside at center for years, and (Bears OL Jermon) Bushrod, I thought, had a great game this last one against Dallas in protections.

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Browns sign running back Edwin Baker off Texans' practice squad, waive quarterback Caleb Hanie

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 10, 2013

The Browns signed running back Edwin Baker off the Houston Texans’ practice squad and waived quarterback Caleb Hanie, the team announced Tuesday.

The moves indicate that the Browns probably expect running back Willis McGahee to miss time with the concussion he suffered Sunday in a 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots and backup quarterback Brandon Weeden to return this week from a concussion he suffered Dec. 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Browns (4-9) will host the Chicago Bears (7-6) on Sunday. It’ll be their final home game this season.

With Weeden sidelined this past weekend, Hanie served as starting quarterback Jason Campbell’s primary backup. The Brown signed Hanie, a sixth-year veteran, off the street a week ago. They also have quarterback Alex Tanney, whom they swiped off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad Nov. 26.

The San Diego Chargers drafted the 5-foot-8, 210-pound Baker in the seventh round (250th overall) in 2012. He spent the first 15 weeks of his rookie season on the Chargers’ practice squad before being inactive the final two games. A former Michigan State University standout, Baker spent the first 11 weeks this season on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad and the past three on the Texans’ practice squad.

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 9, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters to discuss his team's 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Yesterday was a hard-fought, December football game against a great team. Not at all happy with the outcome, but as I mentioned yesterday, very proud in the effort our team gave, both in preparation for the game, as well as during the game itself. We had opportunities to win the game and weren’t able to capitalize on them and close the game out. Experience is a great teacher for a team, and the things that we can take from this game and build on are that we can go toe-to-toe with anybody in this league; anything can happen in a game, and it did yesterday, and that we have to make the plays and take advantage of the opportunities that we have to win those kind of football games. I see the light. I’m encouraged by our team and how they continue to work and move forward and build on the things that we’re doing. I look forward to competing again this weekend against Chicago.”

On the pass interference call on rookie DB Leon McFadden in the fourth quarter after watching film: “I still feel the same way about that, but the things that are important are things that we can control. We had opportunities to win that game and make the plays to win that game and do the things to win that game that would have been able to change the outcome. That’s what we have to focus on.”

On if the NFL should adopt the college rule for defensive pass interference: “I think the way it is now is the right way to have it.”

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Browns pick quarterback Caleb Hanie to serve as Jason Campbell's backup today vs. Patriots

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 8, 2013

The Browns chose Caleb Hanie to serve as their No. 2 quarterback at 1 p.m. today against the New England Patriots behind starter Jason Campbell.

Alex Tanney was the other option, but the Browns made him inactive for the game and went with the more experienced Hanie. The team signed Hanie, 28, off the street Tuesday and plucked Tanney, 26, off the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 26.

“I feel ready,” Hanie said Friday. “It's a good four and a half days of preparation now, and I feel pretty confident about it.”

The Browns signed both Hanie and Tanney as contingency plans because Campbell and Brandon Weeden were dealing with the concussions they suffered Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, respectively. As previously announced Friday, Weeden is out today.

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Game day blog: Final — Patriots 27, Browns 26

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 8, 2013

The Browns (4-8) are facing the New England Patriots (9-3) today at Gillette Stadium. Below is our game day blog. It will be updated at the end of each quarter.

Final: Patriots 27, Browns 26

Tom Brady pulled off one of the best comebacks in the NFL this season to beat the Browns. The Browns led 26-14 with 2:43 after Jason Campbell hit Jordan Cameron for a 4-yard touchdown. The Patriots quickly got into scoring position and found the end zone on a 2-yard pass to Julian Edelman with just over a minute remaining, making it 26-21. The Patriots then needed to recover an onside kick and did after running back Fozzy Whittaker couldn't recover it cleanly and the New England jumped on it. The Pats found themselves near the goal line again after cornerback Leon McFadden was called for pass interference in the end zone. With 35 seconds remaining, Brady again found the end zone, this time on a 1-yard pass to Danny Amendola, who beat Buster Skrine on an out pattern. Jason Campbell moved the Browns into position to try a long field goal and spiked the ball with one second left. Billy Cundiff's 58-yard attempt, though, fell short. 

Campbell finished the game 29-of-44 for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Gordon had seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown and also led the team in rushing with a 34-yard run. 

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Friday's injury report for Browns, Patriots

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 6, 2013

Injury report for Dec. 6, 2013

Browns

Out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion, knee). Questionable: Inside linebackers Tank Carder (shoulder) and Craig Robertson (knee) and tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring). Probable: Quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion), right offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe), running back Willis McGahee (knee), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee) and outside linebacker Paul Kruger (finger). 

Did not practice: Weeden. Limited participation: Carder, Robertson and Gray. Full participation: Campbell, Schwartz, McGahee, Lanning and Kruger.

Patriots

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 6, 2013

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

Opening statement: “I’ll give you an injury update to start out with. (QB) Jason Campbell has been cleared to play the game. He’s had a good two days of practice, been very sharp, and he’ll be our starter for this weekend. We’ll discuss as a staff this afternoon as far as the backup situation, and we’ll let you know on Sunday as far as that goes.

“We have a proud group of competitive guys. They’re excited about going up to Foxborough, this opportunity that we have. We’ve had spirited practices, and the guys have really had a lot of energy this week. There’s been a real good sense of urgency and fire that I’ve seen from this team. We want to win, we’ve worked hard to prepare and we’re excited about this challenge and opportunity that we have this weekend.”

On being excited to have Campbell start: “We’re excited about that obviously and getting two days in and, as I mentioned, he’s very sharp in those two days of practice. We’re looking forward to getting him back out on the field.”

On if Campbell starting has given the team a lift: “I’ve really been impressed with the team all week long. The type of guy Jason is and the leadership that he brings certainly gives us a boost, as well.”

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Browns notes: QB Jason Campbell to start Sunday, DE Desmond Bryant undergoes heart procedure

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 6, 2013

Browns quarterback Jason Campbell will start Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots, coach Rob Chudzinski announced this afternoon following practice.

Campbell said he suffered a concussion Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers when cornerback William Gay whacked him in the face mask, not when his helmet his the ground a split-second later.

Campbell didn’t return to practice until Thursday. He practiced again today, and an independent neurologist cleared him to play against the Patriots.

“I feel good, I feel great,” Campbell said today after practice. “Our training staff has done an outstanding job taking the protocols seriously and making sure that before you get back out on the field that you’re 100 percent ready to go. I feel good, I feel great. I had a great two days of practice.”

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Browns QB Jason Campbell practices for second consecutive day, Brandon Weeden still out

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 6, 2013

Browns quarterback Jason Campbell took the first reps during individual drills for the second consecutive day after being cleared to practice earlier this week.

It’s a sign that Campbell is likely on track to start Sunday when the Browns (4-8) visit the New England Patriots (9-3). Campbell suffered a concussion Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and didn’t resume practicing until Thursday.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is expected to reveal whether an independent neurologist has cleared Campbell for the game when practice concludes at about 12:30 p.m. today. Campbell is also scheduled to speak to reporters after practice.

In the event Campbell cannot play, Caleb Hanie or Alex Tanney would start against the Patriots. The Browns signed Hanie off the street Tuesday and Tanney off the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad Nov. 26.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden remained idle today after suffering a concussion this past weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars, meaning he’ll likely be ruled out for Sunday. He is the only player on the Browns’ active roster who didn’t practice today.

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Thursday's injury report for Browns, Patriots

By Ryan Lewis Published: December 5, 2013

Injury report for Dec. 5, 2013

Browns

Did not participate: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion, knee). Limited participation: Quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion), running back Willis McGahee (knee), inside linebacker Tank Carder (shoulder), inside linebacker Craig Robertson (knee) and tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring). Full participation: Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe), punter Spencer Lanning (left knee) and outside linebacker Paul Kruger (finger). 

Patriots

Did not participate: Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee) and wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot). Limited participation: Cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin), linebacker Brandon Spikes (not injury related), cornerback Marquice Cole (shin), 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).

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Browns QB Jason Campbell medically cleared to practice today, a sign he could start vs. Patriots

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 5, 2013

Browns quarterback Jason Campbell was medically cleared to practice this afternoon, a step in the right direction on his comeback path from the concussion he suffered Nov. 24 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

An independent neurologist would still need to clear Campbell to play Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots. If Campbell receives the green light, he’ll be expected to start.

“Jason Campbell has been cleared to practice today,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski announced today. “He still has not and will not pass the independent neurologist test until we see how he does today and in the next 24-48 hours obviously we would have more information on that. But he would need to pass that before he would be cleared to play in the game.”

Meanwhile, quarterback Brandon Weeden has not been cleared to practice after suffering a concussion Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was cleared to resume activity, but not practice, earlier this week. Weeden was the only player on the Browns' active roster who sat out practice today.

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Browns starting DE Desmond Bryant sidelined for rest of season, will undergo heart procedure

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 4, 2013

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.

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Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Patriots

By Ryan Lewis Published: December 4, 2013

Injury report for Dec. 4, 2013

Browns
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). 

Patriots
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). 

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 4, 2013

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.

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Browns coach Rob Chudzinski says QB situation 'fluid,' still not ready to name starter for Sunday

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 4, 2013

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.

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Browns place nickel CB Chris Owens on IR, promote CB Julian Posey to active roster

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 3, 2013

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.

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Browns sign veteran quarterback Caleb Hanie as Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden deal with concussions

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 3, 2013

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.

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

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 2, 2013

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.”

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Browns coach Rob Chudzinski says he'll use next 24-48 hours to determine starting QB vs. Patriots

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 2, 2013

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.

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Game day blog: Final — Jaguars 32, Browns 28

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 1, 2013

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 20

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