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Monday's injury report for Browns, Bills

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 30, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 30, 2013

Browns

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

Bills

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

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Browns claim RB, returner Fozzy Whittaker off waivers, waive WR Josh Cooper, RB Montario Hardesty

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 30, 2013

The Browns have claimed running back and kick returner Fozzy Whittaker off waivers from the San Diego Chargers and released wide receiver Josh Cooper, the team announced today.

The Browns also waived running back Montario Hardesty, who was on injured reserve after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery this past summer. The move was reported Sunday and became official today.

Whittaker appeared in three games with the Chargers this season before they waived him Saturday. He returned six kickoffs for 156 yards (26.0 average). His longest return was 42 yards, and he fumbled once.

The 5-foot-10, 202-pound Whittaker spent the final two weeks of this past season on the practice squad of the Arizona Cardinals. He entered the NFL last year as an undrafted rookie from the University of Texas.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 30, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss his team's 17-6 win ove the Cincinnati Bengals. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Good win yesterday. Really pleased with the effort. It wasn’t always pretty, but our guys played extremely hard and made the plays when we needed to win that game against a really good team, a really good Cincinnati Bengal team, a talented group. So I was really pleased with our guys. It was a team win in all phases. A lot of guys stepped up and played well. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get better. That was one game, one win. It’s a short week, so we’re right back to work. You look at Buffalo, a very good team, they’ve had four close games. Very similar to us, they’re 2-2 right now. Offensively, obviously E.J. Manuel is their quarterback, a real talented, young player. They have a great run game in (RB C.J.) Spiller and (RB Fred) Jackson and have some weapons as well, (WR) Stevie Johnson outside, as well as others. They’re playing really good football. Defensively, obviously, yesterday they were opportunistic; five interceptions that they were able to force. An excellent front seven. Again, it sounds like a broken record every week coming in here and saying it. (DE) Mario Williams, (DT) Kyle Williams, (DT Marcell) Dareus, (LB) Manny Lawson, those guys up front present some real challenges for us. They’ve had injuries in their secondary, but guys stepped up yesterday and played extremely well for them. Their special teams are solid. It’s going to be a challenge for us. I know our guys will be excited about playing Thursday night. (QB) Brian Hoyer will start for us again this week. He played well again yesterday, and for the past two weeks. Obviously we’ve been able to win those games. It’s a short week, we’ll get ready and be ready to play Thursday. As far as the game from an injury standpoint, we came out good from the game. No new injuries to report from that standpoint.”

On the way Hoyer executed against Cincinnati: “I think he improved from the week before. His decisions were very good. I was just talking with him this morning and there was a few throws that he would like to have made better. You look at the drives, we had some long drives that we were able to string together because some of the things he did on third down and the decisions he was making. I think the guys are rallying around him.”

On Hoyer embracing a leadership role: “I think the first thing is that he’s doing his job. That’s where all of that starts. That’s where you get the credibility to be able to do that. He’s a fiery guy. I think that our whole team was that way about that game yesterday. The fans were awesome; it was loud. Guys were really excited about that and playing in front of them. I think Brian typified that.”

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Quarterback Brian Hoyer to start for Browns Thursday despite Brandon Weeden being cleared to play

By Nate Ulrich / Beacon Journal sports writer Published: September 30, 2013
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Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills even though Brandon Weeden is healthy and has been cleared to play, coach Rob Chudzinski said today during a news conference.

Hoyer has led the Browns (2-2) to two consecutive victories, a 17-6 win Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals and a 31-27 triumph Sept. 22 against the Minnesota Vikings. Although Hoyer was listed third on the depth chart a couple of weeks ago, he was thrust into the starting lineup after Weeden suffered a sprained right thumb Sept. 15 in a 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Hoyer’s success has prompted Chudzinski to give him the nod against the Bills (2-2).

“He has a way of making plays,” Chudzinski said. “He’s done a good job with the opportunity, and he continues to get better.”

Chudzinski would not commit to Hoyer as his starter beyond Thursday night.

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Browns planning to release RB Montario Hardesty from IR, NFL Network reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 29, 2013

The Browns are planning to release running back Montario Hardesty from injured reserve Monday after team doctors medically clear him, NFL Network reported today.

The move is not a surprise. When the Browns placed Hardesty on IR Aug. 27 after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, it seemed to signal the end of his career with the organization.

Former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert traded up into the second round of the 2010 draft to select Hardesty despite his medical history. Hardesty suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2005 as a freshman at the University of Tennessee before a torn ACL in his left knee wiped out his entire rookie season with the Browns.

Hardesty’s left knee bothered him this past summer in training camp, so he underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 15. Hindered by other leg injuries, Hardesty has played in only 23 games, including five starts, since being drafted. He has compiled 153 carries for 537 yards (3.5 average) and one touchdown to go along with 16 catches for 138 yards.

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Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar charged with DUI, speeding this morning

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 29, 2013

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and speeding early this morning in Solon, according to a news release from the Solon Police Department.

Kosar was pulled over for a speeding violation at 2:42 a.m. today on Route 422 east of Som Center Road in Solon. Officers detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle, according to the release. Kosar was put through sobriety tests, subsequently arrested and transported to the Solon Police Department jail without incident.

Kosar was the only occupant in the vehicle, according to the release.

Kosar, 49, is in attendance for the Browns' game against the Cincinnati Bengals today at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Game day blog: Final — Browns 17, Bengals 6

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 29, 2013

The Browns (2-2) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) 17-6 in an AFC North showdown at FirstEnergy Stadium. Below is our game day blog.

End game: Browns 17, Bengals 6

The Browns took a commanding 17-6 lead with under five minutes remaining in the game on a Hoyer 1-yard touchdown pass to Chris Ogbonnaya. That drive was highlighted by a high-arching pass to Jordan for 31 yards and the final touchdown was set up by a 9-yard run by Willis McGahee from the 10-yard line. The Browns then sealed the game with an interception by Buster Skrine, who came down with a pass intended for Tyler Eifert and defended by D’Qwell Jackson. Skrine later made another fine play on fourth-and-4 to break Dalton’s pass and turn the ball over again. Hoyer finished the game 25-of-38 passing for 269 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jordan had 91 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches. Josh Gordon caught four passes for 71 yards. Willis McGahee ran for 46 yards on 15 carries. 

End 3Q: Browns 10, Bengals 6

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 27, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Good afternoon. I look forward to the Battle of Ohio and being back with our fans here at home in the stadium. I need them to get there early and be loud and prepared for a great game. I’m pleased with the week of practice. This is a tremendous challenge for us. The Bengals are a very talented group, as we all know. We’ll need all hands on deck. It’ll be a team effort on Sunday, and that’s what we’ll need to play the game. As far as injuries go, (QB Brandon) Weeden, (LB Quentin) Grooves and (DL Billy) Winn we have listed as out for the game; we have (LB) Jabaal Sheard as doubtful; (K) Billy Cundiff and (OL) Shawn Lauvao as questionable.”

On using other players who haven’t played yet this season to fill in on defense: “We will. We’ve practiced those guys and we’re ready, if need be, for those guys to play.”

On if Cundiff kicked today and if he will play Sunday: “He did. He kicked. He seems to have no problems with that. We’ll see tomorrow how he feels. We have a plan and we’ll stick to that plan going forward.”

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Browns notes: QB Brandon Weeden begins throwing, uncertain whether he'll start again

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 27, 2013

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a football this morning for the first time since he sprained his right thumb Sept. 15 in a 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

It represented a significant step for Weeden as he attempts to bounce back from the injury and reclaim his starting job. However, nothing has been guaranteed.

“Don't get hurt,” Weeden said today. “I don't know how else to put it. Injuries suck. They happen. Things happen for a reason, and we'll see how it plays out.”

Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday when the Browns (1-2) host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1), and coach Rob Chudzinski has said he wants to keep his options open at the position even once Weeden is healthy.

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Friday's injury report for Browns, Bengals

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 27, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 27, 2013

Browns

Out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb), outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) and defensive end Billy Winn (strained quadriceps). Doubtful: Outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee). Questionable: Kicker Billy Cundiff (strained right quadriceps) and right guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain). Probable: Right guard Oniel Cousins (chest), defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), wide receiver Josh Gordon (ankle) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist).

Did not participate in practice: Weeden, Groves, Winn and Sheard. Limited participation: Cundiff and Lauvao. Full participation: Cousins, Rubin, Gordon and Bryant.

Bengals

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Browns practice notes: Billy Cundiff returns to action, kicks despite strained quad

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 27, 2013

Browns kicker Billy Cundiff began kicking this morning as the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media ended.

Cundiff strained his right quadriceps this past weekend during his fourth kickoff in a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He did not practice the past two days, but he returned to action today to prepare himself for Sunday when the Browns (1-2) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1).

After Cundiff was hurt, punter Spencer Lanning kicked an extra point and took control of the kickoff duties. Lanning was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after punting, kicking and throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron on a fake field goal against the Vikings.

Outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee) and Quentin Groves (high-ankle sprain) remained sidelined and will likely be ruled out today against the Bengals. Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday by filling in for Sheard on the right side of defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 scheme.

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Thursday's injury report for Browns, Bengals

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 26, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 26, 2013

Browns

Ruled out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle). Did not participate in practice: Kicker Billy Cundiff (strained right quadriceps), outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee) and defensive end Billy Winn (strained quadriceps). Limited participation: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain) and guard Oniel Cousins (chest). Full participation: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), wide receiver Josh Gordon (ankle) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist).

Bengals

Did not participate in practice: Cornerback Leon Hall (hamstring), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring), safety Reggie Nelson (hamstring) and guard Mike Pollack (knee). Full participation: Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ankle), cornerback Terence Newman (knee), offensive tackle Anthony Collins (knee) and cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion).

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Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Bengals

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 25, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 25, 2013

Browns

Ruled out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle). Did not participate in practice: Kicker Billy Cundiff (strained right quadriceps), outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee) and defensive end Billy Winn (strained quadriceps). Limited participation: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain) and guard Oniel Cousins (chest). Full participation: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf), wide receiver Josh Gordon (ankle) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist).

Bengals

Did not participate in practice: Cornerback Leon Hall (hamstring), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring), safety Reggie Nelson (hamstring) and guard Mike Pollack (knee). Limited participation: Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ankle) and cornerback Terence Newman (knee). Full participation: Offensive tackle Anthony Collins (knee) and cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion).

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Browns special adviser Jim Brown rips Mike Holmgren, calls Trent Richardson trade 'brilliant move'

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 25, 2013

Browns special adviser and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown appeared as a guest on Inside the NFL on Showtime. The episode, which will air at 9 tonight, features Brown ripping ex-Browns President Mike Holmgren, who removed him as Randy Lerner’s executive adviser in 2010, and calling the Trent Richardson trade “a brilliant move.”

Below are excerpts from the interview with Brown.

On Mike Holmgren: “Mike Holmgren … Well, Mike is not from Cleveland. I’m a Cleveland Brown. So he gave me a choice of taking three dollars and doing a little dancing for him out there. I said, ‘Mr. Holmgren, I’m sorry … I don’t dance … become a mascot type of guy. … And I cracked up but I wrote him a letter. And I stated those things, and I had a little humor with it because I knew ultimately I would probably be back because Cleveland is my home. I have great roots there and I love the people and the people love me.”

Clarification on the Mike Holmgren situation: “They were going to clean house. And he had all his boys that were going to come in and take advantage of the kind of money that he could pay his guys and never really be there. He took advantage of Randy (Lerner) and it was just a shame. Randy’s a good guy. Young owner. Wanted someone to take the pressure off of him. Mike came in, saw the weakness and took advantage of it.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 25, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Back to work this week. Back at home, back in the division against an outstanding team. They’re extremely talented, well coached. I have a lot of respect for (Bengals Head) Coach (Marvin) Lewis. They’re well-coached in all three phases. They’ve won a couple in a row. Obviously, they had the huge win this past Sunday. You look at them from a team standpoint; you look at their offense, it starts with their quarterback Andy Dalton. I think he’s done a great job at managing the game, as well as making plays. They have a solid offensive line, two very good runners that complement each other and they’re loaded at the skill positions. Everybody knows about (WR) A.J. Green and what kind of player he is, outstanding player. They have a good wide receiver group, and they play a lot with two tight ends, two very good tight ends in (TE Jermaine) Gresham and (TE Tyler) Eifert. So it will be a real challenge for our defense this week. Defensively, they have an excellent scheme. Their personnel is outstanding as well. It sounds like a broken record every week, but again, the front-four that’s excellent outside in (DE Michael) Johnson and (DE Carlos) Dunlap and then inside with (DT Geno) Atkins and (DT Domata) Peko. They have an active group of linebackers. They’ve had some injuries in their secondary, but they’re deep there. We’ll see where (CB) Leon Hall is this week, but they have (CB Adam) ‘Pacman’ (Jones) and (CB) Terence Newman. Obviously, he made the big play in the last game for them, and (S Reggie) Nelson is playing great at the safety position. In special teams, they’re solid in all areas, two very good returners. This is a tremendous challenge for us. I expect our guys to be ready and respond to the challenge because we’ll need to be at our best as a team for this game. Additionally, Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback. (QB) Brandon (Weeden) will be out for this game. He’s making progress and expect that he’ll be throwing some and start throwing some this week.”

On when he ruled Weeden out for Sunday: “Just basically from the information we got yesterday. I talked to him last night.”

On if Weeden has thrown a football yet: “He’s going to start this week in the next few days with that and should be throwing a football, we’re hoping and expecting, by the end of the week.”

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Browns notes: QB Brian Hoyer to start Sunday vs. Bengals; Brandon Weeden ruled out

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 25, 2013

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Rob Chudzinski announced this morning.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden won’t play against the Bengals as he continues to recover from a sprained right thumb he suffered Sept. 15. Weeden hasn’t thrown since he was hurt, but Chudzinski expects him to do so this week.

Punter honored

In other Browns news, punter Spencer Lanning has earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance Sunday in a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

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Browns make practice-squad moves

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 24, 2013

The Browns signed offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren to their practice squad and cut defensive back Kip Edwards from the practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.

The Seattle Seahawks signed offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann to their active roster Monday. Hauptmann had been on the Browns' practice squad before the Seahawks acquired him.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 23, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss his team's 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Pleased with the win yesterday. Obviously, Minnesota is a heck of a team, a playoff team last year, very well coached and has some outstanding players on their team. I thought our guys, as I mentioned last night, showed a lot of toughness and determination. I’d like to give a lot of credit to our coaching staff, particularly our position coaches. Assistant coaches did a great job in preparing our players for the game all week long. It wasn’t always pretty, but our guys scrapped, fought and found a way to win that game. As always, this was one game and we’ll make the corrections. It’s a good opportunity to learn. There are a number of things we can improve on and we’ll continue to work to improve on, and we’ll move on to Cincinnati.”

On if he slept with the game ball: “(Laughing) No, I didn’t. I’m already on to Cincinnati.”

On this team: “This is a group, as I mentioned before, they respond to any sort of challenge, the things we’re coaching them to do. They really, really take to heart and work on those things. To have some success, it was no surprise for that group, and for us that we have success. It reinforces the things that we‘re coaching and teaching and expect to continue. Again, it’s one week, one game and we’re on to the next game after today.”

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Browns notes: Coach Rob Chudzinski says team has no plans to trade WRs Josh Gordon, Greg Little

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 23, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said today that the organization has no plans to trade wide receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little.

“We have no plans on any of the trades,” Chudzinski said during a news conference.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that the Browns are fielding trade offers and are open to dealing Gordon and Little. At least one team has made a quality offer for Gordon, according to the report. ESPN contributor Adam Caplan reported that Gordon has been on the trade block for several weeks and that it’s very clear Browns CEO Joe Banner wants him out.

When asked if he has talked to Gordon about the rumblings, Chudzinski said he has not because there aren’t any such plans.

“If there was, I would talk to him,” Chudzinski said. If there was an issue, I would talk to him. The things that are out there that people say, the rumors, the things that people swirl around are just all noise. The reality is what’s in that team meeting room.”

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Game day blog: Final — Browns 31, Vikings 27

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 22, 2013

The Browns (1-2) defeated the Minnesota Vikings (0-3) 31-27 today in a wild game at the Metrodome. Below is our game day blog.

Final: Browns 31, Vikings 27

Down 27-24, Hoyer and the Browns got the ball back at their own 45-yard line with 3:21 left in the game. Hoyer hit Gordon twice, Cameron once and Ogbonnaya once to get into the red zone with under a minute remaining. On third and goal from the 7-yard line, Hoyer hit Cameron in the end zone with a nice pass over his back shoulder for a touchdown, Cameron’s third of the game, to give the Browns a 31-27 lead with 51 seconds left in the game. The Vikings drove into Browns territory but as time expired, defensive end Desmond Bryant sacked Ponder to end the game. Hoyer finished the game 30-of-54 passing for 321 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Gordon had 146 yards receiving and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Cameron caught six passes for 66 yards and three touchdowns.

 End 3Q: Browns 24, Vikings 24

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Browns fielding offers, open to trading receivers Josh Gordon, Greg Little, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 22, 2013

After the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson last week, it wouldn’t be surprising if they continue to wheel and deal.

The Browns are fielding trade offers and are open to dealing wide receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning.

At least one team has made a quality offer for Gordon, according to the report. ESPN contributor Adam Caplan reported that Gordon has been on the trade block for several weeks and that it’s very clear Browns CEO Joe Banner wants him out.

Gordon will make his 2013 regular-season debut today when the Browns (0-2) face the Minnesota Vikings (0-2) at the Metrodome. Gordon missed the first two games this season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

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Browns notes: Rob Chudzinski says he'd love to see more of QB Brandon Weeden, but still noncommittal

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 20, 2013

Although Browns coach Rob Chudzinski won’t commit to giving the starting quarterback job back to Brandon Weeden, he said he would "love to see more of" Weeden.

Weeden’s sprained right thumb is not expected to need surgery, Chudzinski said today after practice. He might be able to play as soon as next week after suffering the injury when he inadvertently smacked his throwing hand against left guard John Greco’s helmet Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“Brandon Weeden saw a specialist yesterday,” Chudzinski said. “It’s highly unlikely he will need surgery. We’ll see how he progresses for his status for next week.”

If Weeden is not out long term, will it affect Chudzinski’s decision about whether to insert him into the starting lineup again?

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 20, 2013

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

Opening statement: “It’s been a busy week. I’ve been extremely impressed with our team’s focus and effort that we’ve had in getting ready for this game. We’ve had a great week of preparation. I’m looking forward to the challenge that we have with Minnesota. We talked a little bit earlier in the week with the team about doing a little bit more, and they’ve really responded. We have, obviously, a great challenge ahead of us and are excited about this game coming up. As far as the injury update, (QB) Brandon Weeden saw a specialist yesterday. It’s highly unlikely he will need surgery. We’ll see how he progresses for his status for next week. (DL Ahtyba) Rubin is questionable and (OL Shawn) Lauvao is doubtful.”

On if Weeden will start when he is cleared to play: “As soon as he’s cleared we’ll have to evaluate what status he is, whether he’s 100 or 80 or 90 percent. We’ll play by ear as it goes.”

On if Weeden has just a sprained thumb: “Yes.”

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Friday's injury report for Browns, Vikings

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 20, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 20, 2013

Browns

Out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle). Doubtful: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain). Questionable: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf). Probable: Strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder), wide receiver Josh Cooper (shin) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist).

Did not participate in practice: Weeden and Groves. Limited participation in practice: Lauvao and Rubin. Full participation: Ward, Cooper and Bryant.

Vikings

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Browns CEO Joe Banner, coach Rob Chudzinski respond to Mike Holmgren's criticism of Richardson trade

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 20, 2013

Browns CEO Joe Banner responded to Mike Holmgren’s criticism of the Trent Richardson trade this morning on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike.”

The Browns shocked the NFL by dealing Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday in exchange for a first-round pick in next year’s draft.

In an interview Thursday with Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, Holmgren, the former President of the Browns who traded up one spot to draft Richardson third overall last year, ripped Banner and the new regime for the move. Holmgren said if he were in Browns coach Rob Chudzinski’s shoes, he would quit because of the trade.

“Philosophically, if I’m the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, said, ‘We’re going to do this,’ my response would be, ‘Fire me or I’m going to quit or we’re both going to go into the owner and talk about this and then we’ll see who’s standing,’” said Holmgren, a Super Bowl-winning coach. “I’d shake hands and walk. I would quit on the spot. If I disagreed with it and I couldn’t buy in, I would. I’m not saying I’m right. That’s just what I would do. You have to be true to yourself in this business.”

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Former Browns President Mike Holmgren rips new regime for trading Trent Richardson

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 19, 2013

In an interview today with Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, former Browns President Mike Holmgren ripped the new regime for trading running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick.

Last year, Holmgren and ex-Browns General Manager Tom Heckert traded selections in the first (No. 4), fourth (No. 118), fifth (No. 139) and seventh (No. 211) rounds to the Minnesota Vikings, so they could move up to No. 3 spot and pick Richardson, who starred at the University of Alabama.

After Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns last year, he replaced Holmgren with CEO Joe Banner. Holmgren spent his last day with the organization Nov. 30. Haslam and Banner fired Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur on Dec. 31.

Now he’s verbally blasting Banner and Co. for trading Richardson.

Holmgren, a Super Bowl-winning coach, said if he was in Browns coach Rob Chudzinski’s shoes, he would ask to be fired or quit because of the trade.

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Thursday's injury report for Browns, Vikings

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 19, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 19, 2013

Browns

Ruled out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle). Limited participation in practice: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain) and defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf). Full participation: Wide receiver Josh Cooper (shin), strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist).

Vikings

Did not participate in practice: Tight end Rhett Ellison (knee). Limited participation: Defensive tackle Fred Evans (shoulder), linebacker Erin Henderson (heel), safety Harrison Smith (upper arm), center John Sullivan (knee) and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (knee). Full participation: Guard Brandon Fusco (shoulder), offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (knee) and safety Mistral Raymond (shoulder).

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Browns sign veteran running back Willis McGahee to one-year deal, agent says

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 19, 2013

The Browns signed running back Willis McGahee to a one-year contract today after he passed a physical at the team’s headquarters, his agent, Chafie Fields, confirmed.

The team later announced the signing.

McGahee, 31, is expected to step in as the team’s primary running back after it traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday evening in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Entering this season McGahee ranked fourth in rushing yards among active NFL players since he entered the league in 2004. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2011.

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Transcripts: Former Browns RB Trent Richardson, Colts coach Chuck Pagano discuss blockbuster trade

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 19, 2013

New Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson spoke to reporters today after the Browns traded him Wednesday evening for a first-round pick in next year's draft.

Below are transcripts from Richardson and Colts coach Chuck Pagano's media availability today in Indianapolis.

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Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will not need surgery on sprained right thumb, league source says

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 19, 2013

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will not need surgery on his sprained right thumb, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

After Weeden underwent an MRI Monday and was examined by the team’s orthopedic surgeon today, it was determined that he won’t need surgery.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news today. Weeden could be ready to play as soon as next week.

Weeden, the 22nd overall pick in last year’s draft, has been ruled out for Sunday's road game against the Minnesota Vikings. Brian Hoyer will start in his place.

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Browns players shocked, but trying their best to stay upbeat in aftermath of Trent Richardson trade

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 19, 2013

There weren’t many Browns players in the locker room during the 45 minutes open to the media this morning, but the ones who did surface tried their best to remain positive about this season in the wake of the Trent Richardson trade that rocked the NFL Wednesday night.

The new regime traded Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick. The move stunned Richardson’s teammates, angered the vast majority of Browns fans and prompted the Colts to publicly celebrate.

“I think it was a shock to everybody,” Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said today. “Everybody was definitely shocked by it. Nobody really knew. Everyone was in disbelief. I listened to and saw it on TV.”

Running back Willis McGahee, 32, is taking a physical today at the Browns’ headquarters. If he passes the physical, he’ll be signed to replace Richardson. McGahee was not at practice this afternoon during the 30 minutes open to the media.

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Browns make blockbuster trade, shipping RB Trent Richardson to Colts for 2014 first-round pick

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 18, 2013

The Browns have shocked the NFL this evening by trading running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round selection in 2014, the team announced.

The Browns also announced that they are bringing free-agent running back Willis McGahee to Cleveland for a physical. The team plans to sign McGahee if he passes the physical.

After the trade, the Browns have 10 picks in next year’s draft, including two first-round selections. The Browns previously acquired the Pittsburgh Steelers’ third-round selection and the Colts’ fourth-round choice.

The move shows the Browns’ new regime, which didn’t draft Richardson, is in total rebuild mode.

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Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Vikings

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 18, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 18, 2013

Browns

Ruled out: Quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle). Limited participation in practice: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain) and defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf). Full participation: Strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder) and defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist).

Vikings

Did not participate in practice: Tight end Rhett Ellison (knee). Limited participation: Defensive tackle Fred Evans (shoulder), linebacker Erin Henderson (heel), safety Harrison Smith (upper arm), center John Sullivan (knee) and defensive tackle Kevin Williams (knee). Full participation: Guard Brandon Fusco (shoulder), offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (knee) and safety Mistral Raymond (shoulder).

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Browns notes: Wide receiver Greg Little demoted; Davone Bess to start in his place vs. Vikings

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 18, 2013

Browns wide receiver Greg Little has been demoted and won’t start against Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, coach Rob Chudzinski said. He will play as part of a rotation.

The decision was based primarily on performance on the field. Little has dropped two passes in each of the first two games this season. He has also gotten into trouble off the field with a series of traffic violations.

Davone Bess will start in Little’s place opposite Josh Gordon, who’s reinstated after serving a two-game suspension. Little started the first two games this season and tallied eight catches for 59 yards. He was targeted 22 times.

Bess was asked if he has given Little any advice on how to bounce back from the demotion.

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QB Brian Hoyer to start for Browns vs. Vikings, Chudzinski won't commit to Weeden starting again

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 18, 2013
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start for the Browns (0-2) Sunday on the road against the Minnesota Vikings (0-2) while Brandon Weeden sits out with a sprained right thumb.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski informed Hoyer on Tuesday afternoon that he will start, and the team announced the decision this morning. Hoyer will become the 19th quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999.

“I'm definitely excited,” Hoyer said today. “I talked to Chud yesterday. This is an opportunity you practice for, you prepare for. Obviously, I'm excited, and I'll try to take advantage of it and try to give this team everything I've got to help us get that first win.

“This is what I came here for -- to play. You don't come here to be just a guy, and I think anybody who plays this position in this league, they want to be on the field. There can only be one quarterback out there, and you want to be that guy. And if you don't have that drive, then you really don't belong.”

Chudzinski said the decision was solely his, and it’s a bit surprising because quarterback Jason Campbell was listed second on the depth chart and Hoyer was listed third.

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Browns waive wide receiver Tori Gurley, clearing way for Josh Gordon's return from 2-game suspension

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 17, 2013

The Browns waived wide receiver Tori Gurley and released wide receiver Arceto Clark from the practice squad, the team announced today.

Waiving Gurley gives the Browns room to add wide receiver Josh Gordon to their active roster Wednesday. Gordon is coming off a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The roster exemption Gordon, the Browns' No. 1 receiver, was granted by Commissioner Roger Goodell expires Wednesday.

Gurley was on the Browns’ practice squad, but the team promoted him to its active roster Sept. 7. He appeared in each of the first two games this season and caught one pass for 15 yards.

The Browns signed Clark, an undrafted rookie from Mississippi State University, to their eight-man practice squad Sept. 10. After releasing Clark, the Browns have one spot open on the practice squad. They could re-sign Gurley to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

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NFL spokesman: Unusual 4th-down measurement during Browns game handled in accordance with rules

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 17, 2013

The NFL wants its officials to determine whether a team earned a first down without using props, but such methods aren’t prohibited, either.

A very unusual measurement represented a turning point in the Browns’ 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

During the first play of the fourth quarter, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski elected to go for it on fourth-and-4 at the Ravens’ 39-yard line with his team trailing by a point.

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden connected with tight end Jordan Cameron on a crossing route. Cameron then stretched toward the Ravens’ 35 as linebacker Courtney Upshaw tackled him.

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Browns RG Shawn Lauvao uninjured in single-car accident, no alcohol involved, team spokesman says

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 16, 2013

Browns right guard Shawn Lauvao was in a single-vehicle accident this morning on Interstate 90 by Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland, but alcohol was not involved and Lauvao was not injured, team spokesman Zak Gilbert said.

Lauvao was heading to the team’s training facility at about 7 a.m. today when he went the wrong way on a ramp closed for construction, tried to turn around and went over a curb and an embankment, Gilbert said. Lauvao’s car was towed.

A spokesperson for the City of Cleveland's office of communications referred questions regarding Lauvao to the Browns' public relations department.

Lauvao spoke to reporters this afternoon in the locker room before media members were aware of the incident. He expressed his desire to come back from the high-ankle sprain that has sidelined him for each of the first two preseason games.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 16, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss the team's 14-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “That was a disappointing loss for us. We had opportunities to win that game. Baltimore made the plays when they needed to; we didn’t when we needed to. Give them credit for that. After reviewing the tape, we have made some improvements in some areas, and obviously, we need improvements in many more areas. This is a determined team, we’ll get it right and we’ll bounce back. We’ll make the corrections, move on and get ready for Minnesota. I believe in this team. I believe that we will not accept losing, and we will get better.”

On the offense: “There are a number of areas that we need to work on from a protection standpoint, a passing game standpoint and consistency and efficiency. It starts with getting the plays in, getting them called and getting them run on time. Then we’ll work through those other areas. We’re working hard on that. We’ll work hard on that and we’ll get that fixed.”

On QB Brandon Weeden’s right, throwing thumb: “Brandon has a sprained thumb. We’ll see how it responds in the next couple of days.”

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Browns notes: Chudzinski says he’s keeping QB options open while waiting on Weeden’s status

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 16, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski isn’t ready to commit to Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer as his Week 3 starting quarterback in the event Brandon Weeden is sidelined with a sprained right thumb Sunday on the road against the Minnesota Vikings.

WTAM (1100-AM) talk show host Mike Trivisonno reported today that Weeden could be out for most of the season and possibly for the rest of the season. But Chudzinski, through a team spokesman, said the report is untrue.

It wouldn't be surprising if Weeden is ruled out this week against the Vikings, but that hasn't happened yet.

Weeden underwent an MRI on his thumb, a team spokesman confirmed. ESPN first reported the news today.

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Browns wide receiver Greg Little cited for more traffic violations, car towed

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 16, 2013

Browns wide receiver Greg Little was pulled over by police at Elm Street and Riverbed Avenue in Cleveland at about 1 a.m. Monday and cited for stop sign, change of course and driving under suspension violations, Sgt, Sammy Morris, public information officer for the Cleveland Police Department, confirmed this morning.

Little’s car was towed. Morris had no information on whether Little was alone or what kind of vehicle he was driving.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinki addressed Little's most recent run-in with the law at his Monday press conference.

"“I'’m aware of that situation. I’'ve addressed it with him briefly. I’'ll talk with him later on this afternoon when they'’re done with meetings," Chudzinski said.”

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Game day blog: Final — Ravens 14, Browns 6 (Week 2)

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 15, 2013

The Browns (0-2) fell to the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) 14-6 in an AFC North matchup today at M&T Bank Stadium. Below is our game day blog.

Final: Ravens 14, Browns 6

The Ravens took a 14-6 lead with 8:57 to go on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown. The Browns’ next drive stalled in large part due to another Greg Little drop and the team’s third delay of game penalty on a third-down play for the day. With 3:34 left in the game, the Ravens pinned the Browns down at their own 1-yard line. Around that same time, Brandon Weeden jogged to the locker room with a thumb injury. In his place came Jason Campbell. After a defensive pass interference call on the first play, Campbell couldn’t do much of anything, and the Browns turned it over on downs. The Ravens were then able to run out the clock and end the game. Weeden finished the game 21-for-33 for 227 yards. Richardson had 58 yards rushing. Jordan Cameron was the Browns’ leading receiver with five catches for 95 yards. 

End 3Q: Ravens 7, Browns 6

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 13, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski held a news conference today after practice. Here is a transcript:

Opening statement: “We’ll start out and go through the injury status for this game. (OL) Shawn Lauvao is out for this game. (DL Ahtyba) Rubin is doubtful, (DB) T.J. Ward is questionable, (WR) Travis Benjamin is questionable. (DB) Buster (Skrine) and (LB Barkevious) Mingo are both probable. We had a good week of practice. Every day I feel like we’ve gotten better out there. Our guys are really embracing this challenge and are excited for the opportunity to play.”

On Mingo playing, despite being listed as probable: “He practiced all week, so we listed him as probable.”

On anticipation of seeing Mingo play: “Yeah, I’m really looking forward to seeing him out on the field. We’ll certainly welcome him back.”

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Friday's injury report for Browns, Ravens

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 13, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 13, 2013

Browns

Out: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain). Doubtful: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf). Questionable: Strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder) and wide receiver Travis Benjamin (thigh). Probable: Cornerback Buster Skrine (shoulder) and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung).

Did not participate in practice: Lauvao and Rubin. Limited participation: Ward and Benjamin. Full participation: Skrine and Mingo.

Ravens

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Browns practice notes: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin, right guard Shawn Lauvao remain idle

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 13, 2013

Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and right guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain) were sidelined today during Browns practice and will likely be ruled out this afternoon for Sunday’s road game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The rest of the players on the 53-man roster practiced today.

Rubin and Lauvao sat out Sunday during the Browns’ season-opening, 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Billy Winn started in Rubin’s place at left defensive end. Winn played 37-of-77 defensive snaps against the Dolphins despite dealing with calf cramps and finished with two tackles.

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Thursday's injury report for Browns, Ravens

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 12, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 12, 2013

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain) and defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf). Limited participation: Strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder) and wide receiver Travis Benjamin (thigh). Full participation: Cornerback Buster Skrine (shoulder) and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung).

Ravens

Ruled out: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones (knee). Did not participate in practice: Center Ryan Jensen (foot), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot) and defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe). Limited participation: Defensive tackle Art Jones (illness) and running back Bernard Pierce (thigh). Full participation: Offensive tackle Michael Oher (ankle).

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Browns notes: Trent Richardson sends message loud and clear -- he wants the ball more

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 12, 2013

Browns running back Trent Richardson made it clear today that he wants the ball more.

He hopes his wish is granted Sunday when the Browns (0-1) visit the Baltimore Ravens (0-1).

Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, had 13 carries for 47 yards (3.6 average) to go along with two catches for 30 yards Sunday in the Browns’ 23-10, season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins. Richardson had only five carries in the second half and none in the fourth quarter. The Browns were trailing by just three points entering the final quarter.

"I don't think [the Dolphins] really stopped the running game,” Richardson said. “I think we stopped it ourselves as far as just getting away from [it]. We were behind and stuff like that, and we’ve just got to keep fighting. And no matter what, we got to stick to our game plan. And I guess coach had another game plan and it went that way.”

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Wednesday's injury report for Browns, Ravens

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 11, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 11, 2013

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain), defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and strong safety T.J. Ward (shoulder). Limited participation: Cornerback Buster Skrine (shoulder), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) and wide receiver Travis Benjamin (thigh).

Ravens

Ruled out: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones (knee). Did not participate in practice: Center Ryan Jensen (foot), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot) and defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe). Limited participation: Defensive tackle Art Jones (illness) and running back Bernard Pierce (thigh). Full participation: Offensive tackle Michael Oher (ankle).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 11, 2013

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

Opening statement: “This week we have a tremendous challenge to play Baltimore on the road. Any time you get a chance to play the team that won the Super Bowl the previous year, it brings an extra energy and excitement to the week, adding to that this is a division game. We’re looking forward to improving. That starts this week in practice and with our preparation. We’re hopefully getting off to a great week of preparation. As far as Baltimore goes offensively, (QB) Joe Flacco obviously has really shown what he can do and is a tremendous player.  (RB) Ray Rice in the backfield is a dual threat that we have to contend with. He’s a great runner, as well as a receiver. (WR) Torrey Smith is a big-play guy and an outstanding receiver, as well. They have a good offensive line, a solid offensive line. They play a physical brand of football. They have good balance, run and pass, and they do run some no-huddle. Those are some things that we are looking at from a defensive standpoint. From an offensive standpoint, looking at their defense, a team that has an outstanding front seven with (DT) Haloti Ngata anchoring in the middle and a number of guys they picked up in the offseason, as well, in the middle there. Then they have the outside guys, as far as the pass rushers go, with (LB) Courtney Upshaw and we know about (LB) Terrell Suggs and (LB) Elvis Dumervil, who they picked up in the offseason as well. You really look at that front as being a challenging front. They’re getting good linebacker play, as well. (DB) Lardarius Webb is back in the secondary, and he’s playing really good football. It will be a challenge for our offense. Special-teams wise, they’ve always exceled there and played great special teams. I’m confident in looking that our guys will embrace the challenge that they have and respond to the challenge this week.”

On rookie LB Barkevious Mingo being cleared for contact: “He has been cleared to play. We will get him out there in practice today, and we’ll go from there.”

On if Mingo will play on special teams: “We’ll still be working him in today. We’ll get him out there today and see where he is at from a conditioning standpoint, and make an assessment as we go in the week.”

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Browns QB Weeden says he never took money at Oklahoma State, rips SI report that alleges others did

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 11, 2013

The Browns hope quarterback Brandon Weeden attacks the Baltimore Ravens Sunday with the type of ferocity he displayed today while ripping Sports Illustrated’s in-depth report about his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, and one of the magazine’s writers.

The report alleges that from 2001-2011 some Oklahoma State players were paid for their performance on the field as part of a bonus system orchestrated by assistant coaches and boosters, engaged in academic misconduct by having others do their coursework and were allowed to use recreational drugs without penalties. According to Sports Illustrated, the series written by George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans is a result of a 10-month investigation that included independent interviews with 64 Oklahoma State football players from 1999 to 2011.

Weeden was at Oklahoma State from 2007-11 before the Browns drafted him 22nd overall last year. He was not named in either of the first two parts of the series, both of which have been published online, and he said he never took any money at Oklahoma State.

“I've read the first story that came out and literally I laughed throughout the entire thing,” Weeden said. “It's comical for a lot of reasons, and I won't go through the whole deal, but obviously it's dealing more with before I got there. First of all, clean slate, I didn't take any money or do anything like that. That wasn't the issue.

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Browns notes: Coach Rob Chudzinski says rookie Barkevious Mingo 'has been cleared to play'

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 11, 2013

Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is expected to make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday when the Browns (0-1) visit the Baltimore Ravens (0-1).

“He has been cleared to play,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said today during a news conference. “So we’ll get him out there in practice today, and we’ll go from there.”

Mingo missed the final two preseason games and the season-opening, 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday with a bruised lung.

“I feel better knowing that I’m able to play if I’m called upon,” said Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft. “I feel I bring a lot to this team, and the coaches can use me in different ways. I think that’s the best part about it. I’m ready to get it done and just ready to play.”

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Report: Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo cleared for contact, expected to play Sunday

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 11, 2013

Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo has been medically cleared for contact and is expected to make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday when the Browns visit the Baltimore Ravens, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported this morning.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is scheduled to meet with reporters at 10:50 a.m. today, at which time he will give an update on Mingo’s status.

Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, was diagnosed with a bruised lung Aug. 15 after he left a preseason game against the Detroit Lions, forcing him to miss the final two exhibition games and Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener.

Last week, Mingo participated in practice on a limited basis, but he sat out contact drills, including ones in which his teammates hit blocking sleds and tackling dummies.

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Browns wide receivers Greg Little, Josh Gordon strike plea deals for traffic violations

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 10, 2013

Browns wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon struck plea deals for traffic violations in Cleveland Municipal Court this morning. After originally pleading not guilty, both players pleaded no contest today.

Little owes $472 in fines and court costs. Little was charged May 28 with parking illegally, driving a vehicle that was not registered and using dealer license plates that were not issued for the vehicle.

Gordon owes $301 in fines and court costs. Gordon was charged Aug. 13 with driving 98 mph in a 60 mph zone and charged May 10 with driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone.

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Browns sign Arceto Clark, Dennis Johnson to practice squad, cut Mount Union product Jasper Collins

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 10, 2013

The Browns signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Arceto Clark and undrafted rookie running back Dennis Johnson to their practice squad, the team announced this morning.

The Browns also released undrafted rookie wide receiver Jasper Collins, a University of Mount Union product, from their practice squad.

All eight spots on the practice squad are now filled.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Clark spent training camp with the Seattle Seahawks and had five catches for 48 yards in the preseason before being waived Aug. 31. He is a Mississippi State University product.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 9, 2013

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski met with reporters today to discuss the team's 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

Opening statement: “Disappointed. We didn’t get the win for the team, the organization, and for the fans. But we’re getting back to work here. We’ll teach off of this film and off of this tape. We will make the corrections and learn and we’ll move on. There’s a lot of things we can learn and improve on. There are some things we did well that we can build on. Overall, I felt that we competed hard. The guys were very resilient. As the game went on, there were ups and downs. That’s what NFL games are; ups and downs. I think our guys handled that and continued to fight through. Defensively we did a really good job of holding the line of scrimmage, especially in the run game. We were able to get off the field, for the most part, and had a number of short drives. Offensively we did move the ball at times. Obviously we have to be more consistent in that area. I thought the two minute drill at the end of the half was executed well. It took a few plays longer than I expected with the penalties and some of the things going on. But I think the guys did a great job of getting the ball in the end zone at the end of the day. Special teams, I thought our coverage units played very well. Our kicker and punter both did a nice job. Obviously some things we have to improve from this game, the turnovers and particularly the penalties. We had some penalties in critical times that brought back a touchdown in one case, and some other big plays in some other cases. We have to continue to improve in that area. We had some mental mistakes and some communication errors that hurt us at times as well. Third down is something we need to focus on and get better at. Our pass protection needs to improve. We talked a little bit about that last night. We have to have a sense to make the plays at the critical times that are either going to extend our drives offensively or stop drives defensively. At the end of the day, this is the NFL. There are a handful of plays that can affect the game. As we went through the tape, there were some plays that if we are able to make and do a better job, then we’ll have a much better chance of winning the game. Again, this is one game. We have a lot of football left to play. These guys will learn from it as we’re going through the process this afternoon. We’ll get better and I’m looking forward to this next week.”

On why RB Trent Richardson had so few touches: “It was just the course of the game. Trent is a critical part of our offense. We want to give him the ball as much as we can. I thought in the first half we had a pretty good mix going there into the third quarter. We had a lot of two-minute situations yesterday, at the end of the half and then obviously as we got into the fourth quarter there. The real key is on third downs; we have to convert on third downs. We’ll get plenty of opportunities to get the ball to Trent as well.”

On abandoning the run: “You can always second-guess everything when you don’t win. Again, I think we had some things that we liked and some of them came up and some of them didn’t quite as well. But they (Miami) tightened up a little bit against the run as we got into the third quarter as well.”

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Instant replay from Week 1: Dolphins 23, Browns 10

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 8, 2013

Here are some quick notes, nuggets and thoughts after the Browns' 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1:

OFFENSE: Thumbs down. Quarterback Brandon Weeden had very little support and was battered and beaten. The Dolphins finished with 16 quarterback hits, including six sacks, five in the second half. The right side of the line had a horrendous game. Tackle Mitchell Schwartz surrendered way too much pressure against All-Pro left defensive end Cameron Wake, who had 2½ sacks and six quarterback hits. Guard Oniel Cousins committed four penalties – two flags for holding, one for illegal hands to the face and another for a false start. Wide receivers Greg Little and Travis Benjamin each had two drops. Weeden completed just 26-of-53 passes (49.1 percent) for 289 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions, all of which were in the first half, and finished with a passer rating of 48.4. Running back Trent Richardson had 13 carries for 47 yards (3.6 average).

Key quote: “I can’t speak for everyone else, but for myself it was a pretty bad game. I just got to do better.” – Schwartz

Key stat: The Browns converted only 1-of-14 third downs (7 percent).

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Game day blog: Final — Dolphins 23, Browns 10 (Week 1)

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 8, 2013

The Browns lost to the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener for both teams today. The Browns are 1-14 in openers since their expansion era kicked off in 1999. Rob Chudzinski fell in his debut as an NFL head coach, and no Browns coach has won his debut with the team since Bud Carson in 1989.

Final: Dolphins 23, Browns 10 

The Dolphins delivered the knockout blow with 6:48 left on Daniel Thomas’ 1-yard touchdown run. But the majority of damage was done by Tannehill, who was 6-of-7 on that drive for 78 yards. After that touchdown put the Dolphins up 20-10, the Browns went four-and-out. On fourth and 2 at their own 33-yard line, Cameron Wake blew through the line untouched and then ran through Ogbonnaya on his way to another sack (2.5 to go along with six QB hits). Miami then added another field goal, this one from 36 yards out, to go up 23-10. Brandon Weeden finished the game 26-of-52 for 289 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Tannehill was 24-of-38 passing for 272 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Dolphins had just 21 yards rushing on 20 carries. 

End 3Q: Dolphins 13, Browns 10 

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Browns CB Buster Skrine to start despite injured shoulder, starting LDE Ahtyba Rubin out with calf

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 8, 2013

Browns cornerback Buster Skrine will start today in the regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins despite suffering a shoulder injury Thursday during practice and entering the weekend listed as questionable on the injury report.

Meanwhile, starting left defensive end Ahtyba Rubin has been ruled out with the calf injury he felt the effects from after practice Thursday. Like Skrine, Rubin was listed as questionable heading into today.

Billy Winn will start in Rubin’s place. Rubin sat out three-plus games with an injured calf last season, but coach Rob Chudzinski said this is an entirely different injury.

In addition to Rubin, quarterback Brian Hoyer, tight end MarQueis Gray, rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung), offensive lineman Martin Wallace, right guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain) and outside linebacker Paul Hazel are inactive for the Browns.

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Report: Browns center Alex Mack not open to contract negotiations during season

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 8, 2013

Browns center Alex Mack’s rookie contract is scheduled to expire in March, but he’s not open to striking a new deal during this season, La Canfora reported Sunday, citing an unnamed source.

So Mack will play out the remainder of his rookie deal without contract talks taking place in the background, according to the report. Some players avoid negotiations during the season to prevent them from becoming a distraction.

Mack, 27, has started all 64 games for the Browns since they drafted him in the first round (21st overall) in 2009. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010.

On July 31, Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi said the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Mack fits the profile of a player the Browns want to sign to a contract extension.

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Another report outlines owner Jimmy Haslam's plan to turn Browns over to father if necessary

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 8, 2013

Another report surfaced Sunday that outlines the course of action Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to take if he’s forced to relinquish control of the team as a result of his family’s truck-stop empire, Pilot Flying J, being targeted in an ongoing criminal investigation into a fraud scheme.

Jason La Canfora of CBS reported that Haslam could turn the day-to-day operations of the Browns over to his father, Jim Haslam. SportsBusiness Journal reported the same contingency plan last month. La Canfora, citing unnamed sources, reported the deal has already been signed off on and would go into place should conditions arise whereby the younger Haslam was suspended from serving as the owner.

Last week, Browns CEO Joe Banner declined to comment on the SportsBusiness Journal report in an interview with the Beacon Journal, but he addressed the topic by referring to a statement Haslam made July 25 when training camp began.

“Jimmy’s been really public in saying that his family’s going to own this team for a very long time,” Banner said. “And I think people should trust that.”

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Browns promote WR Tori Gurley to active roster, waive RB Dennis Johnson

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 7, 2013

The Browns promoted wide receiver Tori Gurley from the practice squad to the active roster on the eve of their regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins, the team announced today.

The Browns also confirmed they waived undrafted rookie running back Dennis Johnson after a league source told the Beacon Journal that the team was releasing Johnson today.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gurley, a two-year letterman at the University of South Carolina, spent training camp with the Browns this summer before being waived and then added to the practice squad on Sept. 2. He spent time on the practice squads of the Minnesota Vikings (three weeks), San Diego Chargers (three weeks), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (two weeks) and Oakland Raiders (two weeks) last year after spending the entire 2011 season on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers.

The Browns now have five receivers on the active roster heading into their opener Sunday against the Dolphins: Gurley, Greg Little, Davone Bess, Travis Benjamin and Josh Cooper. Josh Gordon, the team’s No. 1 receiver, is suspended for the first two regular-season games because he violated the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

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Browns releasing undrafted rookie running back Dennis Johnson, league source says

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 7, 2013

The Browns are releasing undrafted rookie running back Dennis Johnson today on the eve of their regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins, a league source told the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to announce the move.

The organization, though, is expected to make a corresponding roster move this afternoon.

The Browns claimed Johnson off waivers from the Houston Texans on Sunday and listed him third on their depth chart at running back and kickoff returner. The Browns have Bobby Rainey second on the depth chart behind starting running back Trent Richardson, and Chris Ogbonnaya is expected to have a dual role as a fullback and tailback.

In the preseason with the Texans, Johnson had 33 carries for 129 yards (3.9 average) and one touchdown to go along with five receptions for 31 yards. The 5-foot-7, 193-pound Johnson starred as a running back and a kickoff returner for the University of Arkansas.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 6, 2013

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

Opening statement: “We have [DL Ahtyba Rubin] listed as questionable.  (CB) Buster Skrine had a shoulder injury.  We held him out.  We’ll do the same with him.  We’ll treat him in the next 48 hours.  He’s questionable, and we’ll see how he responds for the game. 

“I thought we had a very good week of preparation.  We’re all excited to get to the game finally, and it is finally here.  I feel our guys are ready for this game, ready for the challenge that Miami presents.  We’re excited about this game being at home and getting a chance to get out there with the fans in FirstEnergy Stadium.  We’re looking forward to the atmosphere that we know will be out there.  It’ll be an exciting time. 

“We had our team vote for team captains.  It’s very important. It was very important to me, as well as the guys on the team, that we would be able to vote for and have captains who represent us, both on the field and off the field, what we’re trying to do in terms of creating the culture and the identity that we want here.  My plan was to have a captain from each phase.  We have a captain from offense, that’s (OL) Joe Thomas; our captain on defense is (LB) D’Qwell Jackson; and our special-teams captain is (LB) Quentin Groves.  Those guys were voted on by the team.  I am very pleased with who they picked.  I also will pick on a weekly basis one other guy to be a captain for that particular game that will be somebody else on the team.  For this week, it will be (WR) Davone Bess as the fourth captain.”

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Browns notes: Barkevious Mingo ruled out, starters Buster Skrine, Ahtyba Rubin questionable

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 6, 2013

The Browns will head into their regular-season opener Sunday against the visiting Miami Dolphins with their top pick from this year’s draft ruled out and two defensive starters listed as questionable.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski officially ruled out rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the sixth overall pick who’s recovering from a bruised lung, and said the organization will take a wait-and-see approach with starting right cornerback Buster Skrine and starting left defensive end Ahtyba Rubin

Chudzinski said Skrine suffered a shoulder injury Thursday during practice and Rubin felt the effects of a strained calf after the same session. Neither player practiced today, though Skrine was on the field in shells working out on a stationary bike during the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media.

“Ahtyba Rubin came in yesterday with a strained calf after practice, so we gave him treatment,” Chudzinski said. “We rested him today. We’ll see how he responds in the next 48 hours to treatment. We have him listed as questionable. Buster Skrine had a shoulder injury. We held him out. We’ll do the same with him – treat him in the next 48 hours. He’s questionable, and we’ll see how he responds for the game.”

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Friday’s injury report for Browns, Dolphins

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 6, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 6, 2013

Browns

Out: Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) and guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain). Questionable: Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (strained calf) and cornerback Buster Skrine (shoulder). Probable: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (back), wide receiver Davone Bess (knee), tight end Jordan Cameron (groin), linebacker Eric Martin (foot), cornerback Chris Owens (foot) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (illness).

Did not participate in practice: Rubin, Skrine and Lauvao. Limited participation: Mingo. Full participation: Bryant, Bess, Cameron, Martin, Owens and Sheard.

Dolphins

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Browns practice notes: Starting CB Buster Skrine works out on bike; starting DE Ahtyba Rubin absent

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 6, 2013

Starting right cornerback Buster Skrine worked out on a stationary bike during the 30-minute portion of Browns practice open to the media today because he’s dealing with an injured shoulder, and starting left defensive end Ahtyba Rubin was absent for an unknown reason.

Meanwhile, rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo continued to practice on a limited basis while recovering from a bruised lung.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski will provide updates on all three players this afternoon following practice. The Browns host the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Skrine surprisingly surfaced on the injury report Thursday with an injured shoulder. Still, a league source told the Beacon Journal Thursday night that he’s expected to face the Dolphins.

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Thursday's injury report for Browns, Dolphins

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 5, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 5, 2013

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain). Limited participation: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (back), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) and cornerback Buster Skrine (shoulder). Full participation: Wide receiver Davone Bess (knee), tight end Jordan Cameron (groin), linebacker Eric Martin (foot), cornerback Chris Owens (foot) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (illness).

Dolphins

Did not participate in practice: Cornerbacks Will Davis (toe) and Jamar Taylor (groin) and quarterback Pat Devlin (ankle). Limited participation: Tight end Dion Sims (groin). Full participation: Linebacker Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), defensive ends Dion Jordan (shoulder) and Vaughn Martin (ankle), cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and safety Jimmy Wilson (hamstring).

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Warrant: Agent provided more than $20K to Browns WR Greg Little while at North Carolina

By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer Published: September 5, 2013

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by providing more than $20,000 in cash and benefits to former Tar Heels receiver Greg Little in 2010.

In a search warrant unsealed this week, an agent with the Secretary of State's office said Little told investigators that Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency provided him with a monthly cash allowance of $2,200 in addition to travel expenses and other payments.

Little, now with the Cleveland Browns, also reimbursed former tutor Jennifer Wiley for expenses paid on his behalf with money received from Watson or a financial adviser, according to a probable cause affidavit in the June search warrant.

While the NCAA investigation is closed, authorities are still reviewing whether laws regulating sports agents were broken.

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Browns DC Ray Horton on Barkevious Mingo: 'He’ll be ready to play when his body tells him'

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 5, 2013

Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo continued to practice today on a limited basis, but he sat out contact drills as he recovers from a bruised lung.

Mingo, the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft, ran sprints and warmed up with the team today at the beginning of practice. Then he watched a kickoff drill from the sideline. He ran around cones and caught passes during a linebacker drill. But when his teammates began hitting tackling dummies and polishing their hand-fighting skills, Mingo sat out again.

Before reporters were allowed to watch about the first 30 minutes of practice, Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton spoke as if he’s expecting Mingo to be sidelined Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit FirstEnergy Stadium for the regular-season opener. Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team would probably know Mingo’s status today or Friday.

“He’ll come back,” Horton said of Mingo. “He’ll be ready to play when his body tells him to. Would I like to have him out there? Yes. Am I disappointed? No, because I believe we have capable players that are going to step up and play.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Rob Chudzinski

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 4, 2013

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

Opening statement: “Finally, here we are: game week. We’re excited about this week for a number of reasons.  Firstly, up to this point, we were really a roster.  Now is the first time we really have our team together and are becoming a team.  This is our team.  I talked to the guys about that earlier this week. 

“We’re also excited about opening up at FirstEnergy Stadium.  I know it’s going to be rocking.  It’ll be great to see the fans again and get them out there.  It’s going to be an electric atmosphere I’m also excited for the opportunity to play the Dolphins, a very good football team from last year.  They made a lot of offseason moves to improve their team.  It’s going to be a great challenge for us.  We’re looking forward to that and can’t wait to get back on the field.  As you look at Miami, first off, I think they have an outstanding coaching staff.  I have a lot of respect for (Head) Coach (Joe) Philbin and his staff.  Offensively, they are a West-Coast style team.  They run some no-huddle, so there are some things we’re going to have to prepare for from that standpoint.  They have a talented, young quarterback in Ryan Tannehill.  You really can see the growth and the progress that he made over the course of last season, as well as the preseason.  He’s playing some of his best ball.  He had a great game against Tampa (Bay) in the preseason.  (WR) Mike Wallace they picked up in the offseason, a dynamic receiver, a speed receiver, a big play threat.  With (WR Brian) Hartline and (WR Brandon) Gibson, that gives them two guys that are excellent receivers, very dependable guys.  They’re really a good group of receivers.  They have an experienced offensive line.  Obviously, (C Mike) Pouncey is one of the best in the game at his position.  I know they have (RG) John Jerry coming back so it’ll be a good test for us up front.  Defensively, it’s an outstanding unit on defense.  Their defensive line is excellent.  They have a number of guys that are top-notch players.  Everyone knows about (DE) Cameron Wake.  (DT Paul) Soliai is a force in the middle and (rookie DE) Dion Jordan is going to be back for our game, as well. It’ll be a big challenge for us up front on that side of the ball.  They have very active linebackers.  They picked a couple of guys up in free agency, (LB Dannell) Ellerbe and (LB Philip) Wheeler.  Those guys are a good group. That front seven is a good group.  They went out and showed up their secondary, particularly in their corner position.  They picked up (CB) Brent Grimes and (CB) Dimitri Patterson, and those guys are playing good football and are outstanding players, as well.  From a special teams perspective, they have a good young rookie kicker (Dimitri Patterson.  (P) Brandon Fields is their punter, and he has a big leg. (RB Marcus) Thigpen is an outstanding return guy.  All three phases are significant challenges for us, and we’re preparing to meet those challenges this week.”

On the importance of winning this game: “Every game in this league is important.  We approach this game just like we do any other game.  That’s how we’ll go in.  This week, we will go into this game and think, ‘This is the most important game we play this week.”  Once we’re past that and moving on through the course of the season, we’re going to approach every week the same way.”

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Wednesday’s injury report for Browns, Dolphins

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 4, 2013

Injury report for Sept. 4, 2013

Browns

Did not participate in practice: Guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain). Limited participation: Defensive end Desmond Bryant (back) and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung). Full participation: Tight end Gary Barnidge (shoulder), wide receiver Davone Bess (knee), tight end Jordan Cameron (groin), guard Garrett Gilkey (shoulder), defensive end John Hughes (knee), linebacker Eric Martin (foot) and cornerback Chris Owens (foot).

Dolphins

Did not participate in practice: Cornerbacks Will Davis (toe) and Jamar Taylor (groin) and quarterback Pat Devlin (ankle). Limited participation: Tight end Dion Sims (groin). Full participation: Linebacker Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), defensive end Dion Jordan (shoulder) and safety Jimmy Wilson (hamstring).

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Browns practice notes: Still no contact for Barkevious Mingo during open period

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 4, 2013

Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was limited again during practice today as he continues to recover from a bruised lung.

Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, participated in some non-contact drills with the linebackers, backpedaling running around cones and catching passes. But he sat out once the linebackers started hitting a blocking sled. He also watched team punting drills from the sideline.

Reporters were allowed to watch about the first 30 minutes of practice.

Browns CEO Joe Banner told the Beacon Journal Tuesday that Mingo would undergo further medical testing this week to determine whether he’ll be able to play Sunday in the regular-season opener against the visiting Miami Dolphins. He said the Browns expect to know Mingo’s status by Thursday or Friday.

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Browns agree to deal with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff after holding audition today

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 3, 2013

The Browns have reached an agreement on a contract with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, the team announced today.

Fox Sports and ESPN first reported the deal.

Cundiff is set to handle the kicking duties for the Browns Sunday when they host the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener.

The Browns held a tryout with Cundiff and Giorgio Tavecchio today at their training facility in Berea, and Cundiff prevailed. Veteran Dan Carpenter was scheduled to participate in the audition, but he dropped out of the workout to sign with the Buffalo Bills after their kicker, Dustin Hopkins, suffered a groin injury Monday during practice.

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Browns CEO Joe Banner says Barkevious Mingo to undergo more testing to determine status for Sunday

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 3, 2013

Browns CEO Joe Banner said rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo will undergo further medical testing this week to determine whether he’ll be able to play Sunday in the regular-season opener against the visiting Miami Dolphins.

Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, practiced Monday for the first time since doctors diagnosed him with a bruised lung Aug. 15 during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He participated in team drills but was limited in practice. The Browns do not have practice today.

“I think that we’re pleased in how he’s doing and the fact that he’s back out on the field, limited, but back out on the field,” Banner told the Beacon Journal today during a wide-ranging interview about the state of the organization heading into a new season. “We’ll probably know in the next two to three days whether he’ll be able to play this week. We’re still hopeful, but we won’t know for sure until later in the week.”

Although Banner said Mingo will be subjected to more tests this week, he declined to specify exactly when they would be conducted.

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Browns to audition kickers on Tuesday

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 2, 2013

The Browns are scheduled to try out veteran Pro Bowl kickers Dan Carpenter and Billy Cundiff Tuesday in Berea, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team won’t reveal who will audition.

The Browns could add other kickers to the mix, too, but right now, the competition is expected to come down to Carpenter and Cundiff, the source said.

The Browns do not have a kicker on their active roster with their regular-season opener Sunday against the visiting Miami Dolphins right around the corner. Last week, the organization terminated the contract of veteran Shayne Graham and placed Brandon Bogotay on the waived/injured list with a groin injury. Bogotay officially move to the Browns’ IR Sunday after passing through waivers unclaimed.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski conceded the team’s decision makers haven’t been satisfied so far in their quest to replace Pro Bowler Phil Dawson, who signed a one-year $2.25 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March after the new regime let him walk in free agency.

The New York Jets signed Carpenter and released Cundiff Aug. 27. The Jets then cut Carpenter Friday in favor of Nick Folk.

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Browns practice notes: Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo returns to action

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 2, 2013

Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice today and participated in individual drills after sitting out the past two weeks with a bruised lung.

It was the first time Mingo practiced since his unusual injury was discovered Aug. 15 during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, sprinted around cones and caught passes during a pass-coverage drill. He did not engage in contact during the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media. Mingo warmed up with the team and watched a punt drill from the sideline at the beginning of practice.

A Browns spokesman said Mingo was limited in practice, meaning he likely did not participate in team drills. The Browns will not make him available for interviews until Friday.

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Browns sign seven players to their practice squad, including sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 2, 2013

The Browns signed the following seven players to their practice squad: defensive backs Jamoris Slaughter, Kip Edwards, Darius Eubanks, Terrence Frederick and Julian Posey and wide receivers Jasper Collins and Tori Gurley.

The Browns drafted Slaughter, a free safety from the University of Notre Dame, in the sixth round this year. On Saturday, they cut Slaughter, who’s dealing with a pulled groin muscle. Like Slaughter, Gurley spent training camp with the Browns.

Another player of note is Collins, an undrafted rookie from the University of Mount Union.

The Browns still have one open spot on their practice squad. Fullback/tight end Brad Smelley, whom the team cut Sunday, is a candidate to fill the eighth and final spot because he’s practice-squad eligible.

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Browns claim 6 players off waivers, cut 6, including Brad Smelley, Brandon Jackson, Kellen Davis

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 1, 2013

The Browns kept busy today by reshaping a chunk of their roster, but they’re still searching for a kicker to face the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener Sept. 8 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns announced they claimed the following six players off waivers: running backs Bobby Rainey from the Baltimore Ravens and Dennis Johnson from the Houston Texans, tight ends MarQueis Gray from the San Francisco 49ers and Keavon Milton from the New Orleans Saints, center/guard Patrick Lewis from the Green Bay Packers and inside linebacker Brandon Magee from the Dallas Cowboys.

Rainey is the only player from the group who is not an undrafted rookie, and he’s also the headliner. After missing most of his rookie season with a knee injury, the 5-foot-8, 212-pound Rainey finished this preseason with 23 carries for 89 yards (3.9 average) and two touchdowns to go along with three catches for 17 yards.

The Browns waived fullback/tight end Brad Smelley, a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, inside linebacker L.J. Fort, undrafted rookie guard Caylin Hauptmann and center Jarrod Shaw. The organization also terminated the contracts of two veterans, tight end Kellen Davis and running back Brandon Jackson.

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Browns claim undrafted rookie tight ends MarQueis Gray, Keavon Milton off waivers, cut Kellen Davis

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 1, 2013

The Browns have claimed undrafted rookie tight ends MarQueis Gray and Keavon Milton off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, respectively.

CSNBayArea.com reported the addition of Gray, who also announced the news via Twitter. Two league sources confirmed the Browns also added Milton.

The Browns have also cut veteran tight end Kellen Davis, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal today.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Gray played quarterback and wide receiver for the University of Minnesota, but he has been trying to make it as a tight end in the NFL. Gray caught one pass for 13 yards in the preseason and was waived Saturday.

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Browns claim undrafted rookie linebacker Brandon Magee off waivers, cut L.J. Fort

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 1, 2013

The Browns have claimed undrafted rookie linebacker Brandon Magee off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

Bryan Broaddus, an analyst for the Cowboys’ website, first broke the news today on Twitter.

Backup inside linebacker L.J. Fort also announced this afternoon via Twitter that the Browns have cut him.

“Cleveland Fans y'all are unreal!” Fort wrote on Twitter. “Wanted nothing more than to help bring y'all a championship. Good luck this year! I'm gone.”

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Browns claim offensive lineman Patrick Lewis off waivers from Packers, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 1, 2013

The Browns have claimed center/guard Patrick Lewis off waivers from the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported today.

The Browns have yet to announce the move.

The Packers hoped to re-sign Lewis to their practice squad after cutting him Saturday, according to the report.

The 6-foot-1, 311-pound Lewis will be counted on to provide the Browns with depth on their offensive line. Lewis, 22, is an undrafted rookie from Texas A&M University.

Veteran backup right tackle Oniel Cousins is favored to start at right guard when the Browns open the regular season Sept. 8 against the Miami Dolphins, coach Rob Chudzinski said.

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Browns claim RBs Bobby Rainey, Dennis Johnson off waivers, cut Brandon Jackson

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 1, 2013

The Browns have bolstered their thin running backs corps by claiming Bobby Rainey and Dennis Johnson off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans, respectively, league sources confirmed today for the Beacon Journal.

The team also cut veteran backup Brandon Jackson, a league source confirmed. Pro Football Talk first reported Jackson's release.

The Browns have yet to announce the moves.

The Ravens cut Rainey on Saturday despite his stellar preseason performances, and the Baltimore Sun first reported today that the Browns picked him up. The Ravens have running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce and fullbacks Vonta Leach and Kyle Juszczyk, so there wasn’t much room for Rainey.

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Browns cut tight end Kellen Davis

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 1, 2013

The Browns have cut tight end Kellen Davis, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

Pro Football Talk first reported the news this morning. The Browns have yet to announce the move.

The organization signed Davis to a one-year deal in March, and he was set to make a base salary of $715,000 this year. The deal included $165,000 in guaranteed money, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL radio reported.

The Browns now have only two pure tight ends on their 53-man roster: starter Jordan Cameron and his main backup, Gary Barnidge.

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