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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 30, 2012

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

(On Eric Hagg not being at practice today)- “He’s ill. He’s okay. He’ll be ready to go.”

(On Joshua Cribbs returning to today)- “Cribbs practiced today.”

(On if Cribbs returned kicks in practice today)- “Yeah, he did everything he needs to do to be ready to go Sunday.”

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Friday's Browns-Raiders injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 30, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 30

Browns – Out: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), S Ray Ventrone (calf) and FS Usama Young (concussion). Questionable: WR Josh Cribbs (shoulder/chest) and FS Eric Hagg (illness). Probable: CB Johnson Bademosi (hip/shin), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), RG Shawn Lauvao (arm), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/finger), FB Alex Smith (chest/ribs), SS T.J. Ward (knee) and QB Brandon Weeden (concussion).

Raiders Out: DE Jack Crawford (toe), LB Rolando McClain (not injury related) and DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring). Questionable: RB Mike Goodson (ankle) and RB Darren McFadden (ankle). Probable: S Tyvon Branch (neck), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle), QB Carson Palmer (right thumb) and FB Marcel Reece (hamstring/quadricep).

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Browns WR Josh Cribbs returns to practice despite shoulder/chest injury

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 30, 2012

Browns wide receiver/special-teams ace Josh Cribbs returned to practice today after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday.

Cribbs suffered a shoulder/chest injury Sunday in the second half of the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cribbs’ status for the Browns’ road game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders will be revealed later today when the injury report is released.

Free safeties Usama Young (concussion) and Eric Hagg (unknown) did not practice today.

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Thursday's Browns-Raiders injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 29, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 29

Browns – Did not participate in practice: WR Josh Cribbs (shoulder/chest) and FS Usama Young (concussion). Limited participation in practice: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), FB Alex Smith (chest/ribs) and S Ray Ventrone (calf). Full participation in practice: CB Johnson Bademosi (hip/shin), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), RG Shawn Lauvao (arm), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/finger), SS T.J. Ward (knee) and QB Brandon Weeden (concussion).

Raiders -- Did not participate in practice: DE Jack Crawford (toe), LB Rolando McClain (not injury related) and DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring). Limited participation in practice: RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle) and QB Carson Palmer (right thumb). Full participation in practice: S Tyvon Branch (neck) and FB Marcel Reece (hamstring/quad).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 29, 2012

Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On if the expected weather in Oakland affects how the game plan is put together) – “No, you really factor in trying to beat the defense that you think you’re going to see. I don’t think they’ve got a typhoon defense or something like that they’re going to play in certain situations. While our special teams coach may have a typhoon return, I don’t think we have a typhoon offense.”

(On how much he works with Colt McCoy to prepare in case he has to go in a game on a weekly basis) – “Just in sides. I wouldn’t tell you I work with him individually, that’s what Whip (Mark Whipple) does. He’s parts of to every meeting. Does he take any turns out on the practice field? Really, extremely limited, that’s just the way we operate.”

(On how McCoy is as the scout team quarterback) – “Pretty good.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 29, 2012

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On the defense getting eight turnovers against Pittsburgh)- “It’s rare. Obviously, they were playing without some people. The Steelers were, but our guys did a great job. I thought they played hard and they tackled well, knocked the ball out and stripped the ball a number of times. It was a rare occasion to get eight.”

(On if the defense is becoming dominant now that they have almost everyone back healthy)- “Up front we’ve got them. Obviously, we’re not going to get them back at linebacker and we’ve still been short in the secondary. Up front we’re pretty good. We thought we would be going in when we drafted Billy (Winn) and John (Hughes), and then we got J.P. (Juqua Parker) and Frostee (Rucker), we knew we would have more depth. Losing Phil (Taylor) and losing Rube (Ahtyba Rubin) for a good amount of time set us back, but it certainly helped the development of John and Billy. They got a lot of snaps in there. As we move forward, it’s a good group up front. I think they’ll just get better over time.”

(On how every team practices taking the ball away and how they ended up with so many)- “Probably like everything in life, there’s a good amount of hard work, planning, effort and a good amount of luck in whatever you do. It happens on gameday too - you certainly work at it - but eight happens very, very rarely. It’s hard. The other guys are always good. They’re always taught to protect it. The ball is the issue in our game. We try to strip it all the time. It bounced our way last Sunday.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 29, 2012

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

(Opening statement)- “I’ve got nothing really new to add relative to our conversation yesterday so I’ll just take your questions.”

(On how Brandon Weeden looked yesterday)- “Good. He went through practice, did everything and he looked fine. He looked good.”

(On if he ended up giving Colt McCoy extra snaps in practice)- “Nope, Colt handled all of the scout team work like he normally does. Nothing different.”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur says QB Brandon Weeden 'looked good' in practice despite recent concussion

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 29, 2012

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden bounced back from the concussion he suffered Sunday in the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and showed no ill effects during practice Wednesday, coach Pat Shurmur said today.

“He went through practice, did everything, looked fine, looked good,” Shurmur said.

Shurmur indicated Weeden took all the snaps with the first-team offense, even though he was listed as limited on the injury report.

“There’s rules regarding it, and we want to make sure we follow them,” Shurmur said. “And we tend to overdo it sometimes. But he’s coming back from an injury that he suffered on Sunday, so we need to make note of the fact that he’s been injured.”

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Q&A: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam discusses reactions during loss to Colts, Brandon Weeden and more

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 29, 2012

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam spoke to the Beacon Journal this morning by phone from Washington D.C. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Q: CBS showed your reactions on camera during its telecasts of the Browns’ losses to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 21 and the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 4. Are you glad it happened or do you regret it?

A: “The only thing that I want to make sure everybody understood, there was a widespread feeling that my frustration was over a fourth-down call. My frustration was over the disappointment of a dropped touchdown pass that could’ve won the game [against the Colts]. And so in that case, I think I reacted like almost every other Cleveland Browns fan did. Football is an emotional, passionate game, and I’m a huge fan. I obviously have a lot at stake with the Cleveland Browns, and I don’t have the ability to just sit there passively and watch a game when good and bad things happen. And I don’t know that the Cleveland Browns fans want us to quite frankly.”

Q: But there were two reactions shown during the game against the Colts. When rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon dropped the touchdown pass, you swiped the air. After coach Pat Shurmur elected to punt on fourth-and-1 from the Colts’ 41-yard line, you sat back in your chair and locked your jaw.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 28, 2012

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

(Opening Statement)- “A couple business items, you saw D’Qwell Jackson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. It’s a great honor for him. I’ve said all along what he means to our defense. He obviously had a great week. Our fourth captain will be Juqua Parker. I’m sure you’re all interested as to what’s going on with the quarterback. He was cleared to practice. He participated in the meetings. He participated in the walk-through and he’ll do everything in practice today, and we’ll get him ready to start on Sunday. If there are some unforeseen setbacks, then of course Colt (McCoy) will start. As we’re moving forward right now, he’s cleared to practice and we’re moving ahead with Brandon (Weeden).”

(On if he will give McCoy more reps than normal just in case)- “No, not really. The process goes, you get the starter ready to go and you give him all the looks you can give him. We may give him a rep or two more, but for the most part you get the starter ready to go. At this point, this early in the week he’s healthy, so he goes.”

(On how he would judge Weeden’s appetite for playing in Oakland)- “He wants to go play just like he does every week, so his appetite is good.”

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Wednesday's Browns-Raiders injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 28, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 28

Browns – Did not participate in practice: WR Josh Cribbs (shoulder/chest), S Ray Ventrone (calf) and FS Usama Young (concussion). Limited participation in practice: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), FB Alex Smith (chest/ribs) and QB Brandon Weeden (concussion). Full participation in practice: CB Johnson Bademosi (hip/shin), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), RG Shawn Lauvao (arm), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/finger) and SS T.J. Ward (knee).

Raiders -- Did not participate in practice: LB Miles Burris (illness), DE Jack Crawford (toe), LB Rolando McClain (not injury related) and DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring). Limited participation in practice: RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle) and RB Darren McFadden (ankle). Full participation in practice: S Tyvon Branch (neck) and FB Marcel Reece (hamstring/quad).

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Browns QB Brandon Weeden says he's 'ready to rock and roll' after suffering concussion

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 28, 2012

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden said he’ll be ready to play the Oakland Raiders Sunday after suffering a concussion this past weekend in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Weeden said it was his first concussion. He practiced today and was listed as limited on the injury report. Weeden said he felt fine afterward.

“It was mild,” Weeden said. “I never got knocked out. I was conscious the whole time, just a little foggy. Obviously the league’s taking these things pretty seriously. So you’ve got to go through the mandated steps, and I passed all those. So I’m ready to rock and roll.”

Weeden suffered the concussion when his helmet his the left leg of Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas as Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds pulled him down with 5:20 remaining. Weeden said he wanted to finish the game.

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: QB Brandon Weeden cleared to practice after suffering concussion

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 28, 2012

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has been medically cleared to practice today and will prepare to start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders after suffering a concussion this past weekend in the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Pat Shurmur said.

“He was cleared to practice,” Shurmur said of Weeden. “He participated in the meetings, participated in the walk through, and he’ll do everything in practice today and we’ll get him ready to start on Sunday. If there are some unforeseen setbacks then, of course, Colt [McCoy] will start. But as we’re moving forward right now, he’s cleared to practice, and we’re moving ahead with Brandon.”

Shurmur said McCoy won’t receive many more practice reps than usual this week in case Weeden suffers an unexpected setback.

“No, not really,” Shurmur said. “The process goes you get the starter ready to go, and you give him all the looks you can give him. We may give [McCoy] a rep or two more, but for the most part, you get the starter ready to go. And at this point this early in the week, [Weeden is] healthy, so he goes.”

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Browns, former NFL coach Jon Gruden deny report he has been offered ownership stake in team

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 28, 2012

In a statement released this morning, the Browns denied a report that owner Jimmy Haslam has offered former NFL coach Jon Gruden a stake in the Browns in exchange for coaching the University of Tennessee football team.

“Jimmy Haslam has no involvement in the University of Tennessee head coaching search, and the report that Jon Gruden would potentially have an ownership stake in the Browns is completely erroneous,” Neal Gulkis, the team’s vice president of media relations, said in the statement.

News Channel 3, a CBS affiliate in Memphis, reported that Gruden has a contract offer in hand from Tennessee that could be finalized today, and part of the offer would give Gruden a share of the Browns. Haslam, whose purchase of the Browns for about $1 billion from Randy Lerner was unanimously approved by NFL owners Oct. 16, has been a major Tennessee booster for years.

Gruden, an analyst for Monday Night Football, appeared on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning today and denied the report.

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Browns rookie Tank Carder apologizes for using anti-gay slur on Twitter

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 26, 2012

Browns rookie special teamer Tank Carder apologized Monday via Twitter for using an anti-gay slur in a tweet last week.

“I want to sincerely apologize for the word I used!” Carder wrote. “I did not in anyway mean to offend anyone! That tweet doesn't define me as a person!”

The Browns have spoken to Carder about the incident, vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis said in a statement.

“These comments are certainly not reflective of the Cleveland Browns organization, nor do we condone them in any fashion," Gulkis said. "We have spoken with Tank and have made this very clear to him.”

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Mike Holmgren says his tenure with Browns will officially end Friday

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 26, 2012

By this weekend, the Browns will be in Mike Holmgren’s rearview mirror as he rides his motorcycle in Arizona.

Holmgren’s tenure with the Browns will officially end Friday. He and his wife, Kathy, will fly to Phoenix on Saturday. The Browns went 12-31 during his stint with the organization.

Hired by Randy Lerner, Holmgren began serving as the Browns’ president when he signed a five-year, $40 million contract on Jan. 5, 2010. But with new owner Jimmy Haslam and new CEO Joe Banner now in place, Holmgren decided it was the right time to leave.

“As far as contributing, it was done,” Holmgren said. “I had already passed the baton.”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur says QB Brandon Weeden's status for Sunday uncertain because of concussion

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 26, 2012

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is undergoing the process of being medically cleared from the concussion he suffered Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 20-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Pat Shurmur said it’s too early to know whether Weeden will be able to play Sunday when the Browns (3-8) visit the Oakland Raiders (3-8). He’ll know more when the Browns return to practice Wednesday. Weeden was at the team’s headquarters today, Shurmur said.

“It’s very strict protocol when it comes to concussions and so we’ll go through the process and we’ll know way more on Wednesday,” Shurmur said. “We’ve got to go through the process. I’m not making any predictions at this point.”

Backup quarterback Colt McCoy has not received much practice with the first-team offense, but he could be ready for the Raiders with a week of preparation, Shurmur said. McCoy is 6-15 as a starter.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 26, 2012

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

(Opening statement) – “Let me backtrack on some of the things I said yesterday. Again, I don’t feel like adding much more after the time we spent after the game, but I’m truly happy for our players and I’m happy for our coaches. We’ve got to find a way to win division games at home and we’ve got to try to do that. That’s the big picture of this, winning division games at home. The challenge this week is, of course, is to go on the road and win two in a row. Each week presents a new challenge. Of course we know and I reminded some of the guys that weren’t on our team last year, we’re all aware of the history of the rivalry of the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. (We) haven’t done very well against them in recent years and so there’s maybe a little bit added there. As I sit here right now, I can tell you we’re fast approaching our preparation and guys upstairs are already working on playing the Oakland Raiders. Although that may sound a little crazy, that’s where we’re at. That’s how we as coaches approach it. I think it was an outstanding performance by the defense. Again, I guess there were some records broken in terms of turnovers. Anytime there is a turnover, both teams are involved. Of course, I know Mike’s (Tomlin) probably talking about securing the football.  A lot of the cases, I felt like we tackled and did the right things in terms of knocking the ball off them. I credit our guys for that. The interceptions, that part’s good. I just felt generally speaking our guys played hard. At the end of the day, we just made enough plays to beat them, where the two previous weeks we didn’t. Maybe we got over a little hurdle there against an outstanding opponent. Let’s not forget that the Pittsburgh Steelers are an outstanding team. They’ve got an outstanding organization and I’ve got a great deal of respect for what they are. I’m happy for our guys that we won. I think on offense we did enough to win. We spot them a touchdown, which is never good. I felt like our guys fought. It wasn’t always pretty, but we had a touchdown pass, and of course a touchdown run. It’s easy to say, ‘Well you should have more points with that many turnovers’, and I would agree we should. We did what we had to do to win. Once again, I thought special teams contributed positively to, in this case was a winning performance. With that all being said again, I’m looking forward to the preparation here as we get ready to play the Raiders.”

(On Brandon Weeden’s health status) – “Brandon’s fine.”

(On if he was here today) – “Yes. He was here.”

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Team spokesman: Browns' 20-14 win over Steelers is Mike Holmgren's final game with organization

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 25, 2012

Mike Holmgren will leave the Browns as a winner.

A team spokesman said the Browns’ 20-14 victory today over the Pittsburgh Steelers was Holmgren’s last game with the organization.

After the game, Holmgren talked to players and new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam in the locker room. Holmgren is scheduled to address the media Monday afternoon.

Holmgren, 64, said he planned to stay with the Browns through the end of the season, but he never ruled out an earlier departure. In the past couple of weeks, multiple reports have tied Holmgren to the Dallas Cowboys coaching job if it becomes available. Holmgren told reporters he hasn’t expressed interest in coaching the Cowboys, but he never said he wouldn’t be interested if the opportunity presented itself.

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Game day blog: Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 12)

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 25, 2012

Final score: Browns 20, Steelers 14 (game story; notebook about rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden suffering a concussion; Marla Ridenour's column; Jimmy Haslam's first win over Pittsburgh; Mike Holmgren's final game with Cleveland; thumbs up/thumbs down; box score)

End 4Q: Browns 20, Steelers 14—The Browns forced eight turnovers Sunday in beating the Steelers 20-14. Joe Haden picked off Charlie Batch’s deep pass to Mike Wallace and D’Qwell Jackson ripped the ball from Chris Rainey to set up the win. Reggie Hodges then pinned the Steelers back on their own 3-yard line with 20 seconds left in the game. Brandon Weeden was sacked earlier in the game and appeared to hit his head on Joe Thomas’ knee. He was taken to the locker room with a head injury and didn’t return. Colt McCoy entered the game but didn’t attempt a pass. 

End 3Q: Browns 20, Steelers 14—Trent Richardson put the Browns on top with a 15-yard touchdown run with 5:19 remaining the quarter. Richardson cut inside and made Steelers safety Ryan Clark miss on his way. That play was the result of the Browns' fourth forced turnover, Sheldon Brown's interception of Charlie Batch at the Steelers' 31-yard line. Safety Usama Young is out of the game with a head injury after  going down while tackling Heath Miller. Josh Cribbs left the game with a shoulder injury but has returned. 

End 2Q: Steelers 14, Browns 13—The Browns forced four fumbles in the first half and recovered three of them but couldn’t hold the lead. As the second quarter wound down, Sheldon Brown was called for a pass interference penalty in the end zone on Plaxico Burress. Pittsburgh, holding one time out, was able to run one play before having to kick a field goal. Chris Rainey—the Steelers’ fourth running back after three others all fumbled—ran inside, was stuffed by D’Qwell Jackson and Kaluka Maiva but shook them, bounced outside and walked into the end zone. Earlier in the quarter, Brandon Weeden threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron to take the lead. It was Cameron’s first career touchdown. 

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Browns cancel giveaway of white inflatable flags before Sunday's game vs. Steelers

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 24, 2012

The Browns scrapped their plans to give fans white inflatable flags featuring their orange helmet logo before Sunday's game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

The joint promotion by the Browns and Ticketmaster drew widespread criticism because white flags symbolize surrender.

"After further and careful consideration, we felt it was in the best interests of everyone involved that we not have a giveaway item at tomorrow's game," Neal Gulkis, the team's vice president of media relations, said in a statement. "It is something that was intended to be fun for our fans and that they could rally around, and we regret that some didn't perceive it that way. We want to thank all of our fans for their tremendous support and we look forward to seeing them out in force at the stadium tomorrow.”

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Friday's Browns-Steelers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 23, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 23

Browns – Out: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and S Ray Ventrone (calf). Probable: TE Jordan Cameron (groin), WR Josh Cooper (knee), WR Josh Cribbs (back), CB Joe Haden (oblique), DE Juqua Parker (shin), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf/back), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/illness), G Jarrod Shaw (illness), CB Buster Skrine (concussion) and SS T.J. Ward (knee/ankle).

Steelers – Out: WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder). Doubtful: S Troy Polamalu (calf). Questionable: WR Antonio Brown (ankle). Probable: S Will Allen (shoulder), OT Willie Colon (knee), DE Ziggy Hood (back), RB Isaac Redman (concussion) and LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 23, 2012

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

(Opening statement)- “Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving. With that being said, I’ll take your questions.”

(On how Joe Haden has looked this week)- “He practiced all the way through the week and didn’t miss any time. He’s fine.”

(On if Haden is good to go Sunday)- “We’ll see, but I think so.”

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Browns CBs Joe Haden, Buster Skrine expect to play Steelers despite recent injuries

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 23, 2012

The Browns entered this week with three of their top four cornerbacks seemingly in danger of sitting out Sunday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but two of them are now expected to play this weekend.

Joe Haden, the team’s top cornerback, practiced for the third consecutive day after being sidelined during the Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys with an injured oblique muscle. Buster Skrine, meanwhile, practiced for the second day in a row after suffering a concussion Sunday late in the fourth quarter.

Both players said they'll play Sunday.

So Haden and Sheldon Brown will start at cornerback against the Steelers, and Skrine is in line to serve as the nickel corner, covering the slot in three-receiver sets.

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Thursday's Browns-Steelers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 22, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 22

Browns – Did not participate in practice: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and S Ray Ventrone (calf). Limited participation in practice: CB Joe Haden (oblique), DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf/back) and CB Buster Skrine (concussion). Full participation in practice: TE Jordan Cameron (groin), WR Josh Cooper (knee), WR Josh Cribbs (back), DE Juqua Parker (shin), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder), G Jarrod Shaw (illness) and SS T.J. Ward (knee/ankle).

Steelers – Did not participate in practice: WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and S Troy Polamalu (calf). Limited participation in practice: WR Antonio Brown (ankle) and DE Ziggy Hood (back). Full participation in practice: S Will Allen (shoulder), RB Isaac Redman (concussion) and LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring).

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Wednesday's Browns-Steelers injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 21, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 21

Browns – Did not participate in practice: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), CB Buster Skrine (concussion) and S Ray Ventrone (calf). Limited participation in practice: WR Josh Cooper (knee), CB Joe Haden (oblique) and DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf/back). Full participation in practice: TE Jordan Cameron (groin), WR Josh Cribbs (back), DE Juqua Parker (shin), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder), G Jarrod Shaw (illness) and SS T.J. Ward (knee/ankle).

Steelers – Did not participate in practice: WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Ziggy Hood (back), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs) and S Troy Polamalu (calf). Limited participation in practice: WR Antonio Brown (ankle). Full participation in practice: S Will Allen (shoulder), RB Isaac Redman (concussion) and LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 21, 2012

Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On Trent Richardson’s second half performance against Dallas and him saying he left a lot out there) – “I don’t know that I could break it into a half because I’m not sure what he had at halftime. Did he have a couple runs he’d like to have back? He did. He probably had a couple of those from the first half as well, Mary Kay (Cabot). Ninety-five yards, it wasn’t terrible, but when a guy looks at it like I could have had 130 or something like that, then it feels like he left some meat on the bone.”

(On Richardson getting stopped four time for no gain in the second half and if he saw any consistency in those plays) – “No. I think they were all probably different kinds of plays and they were at different spots on the field. There were a couple of zero gains out there. Matter of fact, I was just sitting there going through that tape. I always like to look at it with a clean eye a couple days away. All different kinds of plays. His eyes could have been in a couple different spots that maybe would have been advantageous for him, but by in large, he’s usually going to do pretty well with those.”

(On if Richardson hit the right hole on the goal line) – “Probably could have been the hole wider.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 21, 2012

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

(Opening Statement)- “This is the last time I’ll see you before tomorrow, so have a happy Thanksgiving. Issues of the day, Johnson Bademosi will be the fourth captain. He’s our third rookie this year, obviously he was undrafted. He’s been an outstanding player for us on special teams. He stepped in and played some corner for us on Sunday. I think it’s pretty impressive when you have veterans like Phil Dawson, Joe Thomas and D’Qwell (Jackson), who bring to me potential captains for the week and they include rookies, which makes sense because we have so many playing. The fact that they see leadership in these guys I think is outstanding. He’ll be our fourth captain. With that being said, we’re heavy into the preparation and getting ready to play the Steelers.”

(On if Joe Haden will practice today)- “He’ll be out there.”

(On if Dimitri Patterson will be at practice today)- “I think they’ll both be out there moving around.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 21, 2012

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On if we should expect to see more Johnson Bademosi at cornerback) – “It depends on the injury situation, but he did a really nice job filling it. He got tested, obviously with the talent level they have in Dallas. He did a nice job. We really like Johnson. He’s very into it and clearly he’s a very tough guy. He wants to do it badly. He wants to do it well. He wants to do it as well as you can possibly do it. He works at it all the time. (He’s a) terrific young man.”

(On how hard it is to teach the guys defensively not to touch guy five yards down the field when the offensive player is initiating) – “It’s tough. It’s a judgment call, and our officials are the best in the world at what they do. It’s just a very, very difficult game to officiate. Things are so fast and so physical on both sides of the ball.”

(On if T.J. Ward has to do anything differently with the penalties he’s been getting) – “I think just keep doing what he’s doing. I saw the replays multiple times and I didn’t see any head to head contact on that play. I don’t know if anybody else did. I don’t know what you tell him. They have to figure it out. I don’t know what you tell the defensive player today.”

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Browns SS T.J. Ward fined $25,000 for hit vs. Cowboys; says it's blown call, blown punishment

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 21, 2012

Strong safety T.J. Ward revealed today that the NFL has fined him $25,000 for his hit on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree late in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss on Sunday.

Ward said he will appeal the fine. He received a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for the hit during the drive on which the Cowboys tied the score with two seconds remaining and forced overtime via Dan Bailey’s 32-yard field goal.

Ogletree suffered a concussion and has been ruled out for the Cowboys’ game Thursday against the Washington Redskins. Browns cornerback Buster Skrine also suffered a concussion during the play when he collided with Ogletree a split-second after Ward delivered his blow. Skrine has not practiced since.

Ward, though, believes the hit was clean.

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Browns CB Joe Haden returns to practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 21, 2012

The Browns’ depleted secondary might receive some reinforcement from cornerback Joe Haden.

Haden returned to practice today after sitting out Sunday during the Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys after suffering an injured oblique muscle last week during practice.

The Browns (2-8) hope Haden can give them a much-needed boost Sunday when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4). The Steelers will play third-string quarterback Charlie Batch as starter Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder, ribs) and Byron Leftwich (ribs) deal with injuries. The Steelers have won 16 of their past 17 games against the Browns.

Meanwhile, cornerback Dimitri Patterson did not practice. Patterson has missed the past five games with a left high-ankle sprain and torn ligament and planned to test the injury this week. However, he also said he would not rush back.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 19, 2012

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

(Opening Statement) – “Going back on yesterday, of course, a disappointing loss. There are some things in that game that we can build on, of course. I’ll start with special teams, because I’ve talked in the last few weeks about how they’ve been a positive contribution to our efforts. They’ve taken pride in their performance. I don’t think it’s ever happened, but we had all touchbacks, Phil (Dawson) made all his kicks. You can talk about punt returns. We traded one for one with them. They had a dynamic returner and I thought our punter has been doing a good job. There’s some good stuff there. I think some of the youth, some of the young linebackers; some of the veteran players that are involved make a significant impact like Josh Cribbs, of course. They tried to on-side kick us and we defended it. They squib kicked us, we caught the ball. There were a lot of good things in there and I think we need to keep building on that. On defense, I thought there was a whole lot of good that happened yesterday. We’re getting, as you know, more of our defensive linemen back. The run game did not make any significant impact on us. Then of course, we did a good job of putting pressure on Tony Romo. I always feel like it’s most important to get pressure on the quarterback to give yourself a chance against a team that likes to throw the football and has dynamic weapons. That was good. We did give up some plays in the passing game, but that happens against every team. I was proud of the way our guys in the secondary battled. As we move forward, when we’re in base, we’ll put two corners out there, when we’re in nickel we’ll put three, if we go to dime we’ll put four. Whoever those guys are, I trust that they’re going to go out there to do a good job. There was some good stuff there. Now we’ve got to, of course, as we go forward, make more plays than they do to win the football game. Offensively there were some things. I felt we were better in third downs and we scored in the red zone. There were no penalties, right? In a loud environment, we didn’t really have any communication (problems). We had one where the helmet went out. At the end of the game, we had our three timeouts, which allowed us to get the football back. In fact, after that time we did not score on fourth and one, three and out with three timeouts, we got the ball back, had a punt return plus a penalty and scored. It was a team thing to get ahead. I’m proud of our guys for that. Again, we just have to find a way to finish. That’s where we’re at. Right now, they are watching the tape or finishing watching the tape. I want them to take everything they can away from that tape that’s going to help us prepare for Pittsburgh, which is now in our vision. That’s the most important thing. That’s where we’re at.”

(On how he figures out how to finish a game) – “It’ll sound cliché, (but) you have to do it. I think every game is a different story. We get ahead in this one, we get behind and we get back ahead. We just have to do it.”

(On finishing being the message to the players all season) – “We talk about finishing all the time. We talk about starting fast. We talk about fighting throughout. We talk about finishing. We do that all the time.”

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Browns President Mike Holmgren makes rounds at Cowboys Stadium, would reportedly only coach Dallas

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 18, 2012

Mike Holmgren, the Browns’ lame-duck president, would only return to coaching for the Dallas Cowboys job, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported today, citing a source.

Holmgren made the rounds today during pregame warm-ups at Cowboys Stadium. He shook hands with former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who held the same role with the Browns from 2009-10, patted Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on the shoulder and drew the attention of cameras by chatting at midfield with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for about seven minutes.

Last Sunday, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported that Holmgren “has serious interest” in coaching the Cowboys if the job opens. Holmgren said Monday he hasn’t expressed interest in the job, but he never said he wouldn’t be interested if it became available.

On Tuesday, Jones voiced his support for Garrett but also couldn’t resist praising Holmgren during an interview with the Cowboys’ flagship radio station, 105.3 The Fan.

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Browns CB Joe Haden ruled out vs. Cowboys with injured oblique muscle

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 18, 2012

Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been ruled out for today’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Haden injured an oblique muscle Wednesday during practice and missed practice Thursday and Friday. He was listed as questionable on the injury report and his status for today was a game-time decision.

Without Haden in the starting lineup, cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine will line up on the outside. Rookie Trevin Wade will cover Cowboys slot receiver Miles Austin in the nickel package.

Haden is the team’s top cornerback, and the Browns discovered his true value earlier this season. When Haden served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances — he said Adderall use triggered his failed drug test — the Browns went 0-4.

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Game day blog: Browns vs. Dallas Cowboys (Week 11)

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 18, 2012

Final score: Cowboys 23, Browns 20, OT (game story; notebook; thumbs up/thumbs down)

Inactives: Browns -- cornerbacks Joe Haden (click here for a story about Haden being ruled out with an injured oblique muscle) and Dimitri Patterson (ankle), running back Brandon Jackson, safety Ray Ventrone (hand/calf), fullback Owen Marecic, defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron and guard Jarrod Shaw. Notes: Haden will miss his fifth game of the season -- he was suspended for the other four. Patterson will miss his fifth consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain and torn ligament. Ventrone will miss his second game of the season. He was hurt Thursday during practice. As expected, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin will start after missing three of the past four games with an injured calf. Undrafted rookie wide receiver Josh Cooper is active after being inactive in the Browns' last game. All six of the Browns' wide receivers are active today. Cowboys -- wide receiver Andre Holmes, cornerback Mike Jenkins (back), running back DeMarco Murray (foot), guard/center David Arkin, guard/center Ryan Cook (knee), center Phil Costa (ankle) and defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (ankle).

Lineup changes: Browns -- Buster Skrine will start in place of Haden. Rookie cornerback Trevin Wade will cover the slot receiver in the nickel package while Skrine and Sheldon Brown line up on the outside. Cowboys -- right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau will start at center in place of Costa. Backup Derrick Dockery will fill in for Bernadeau at right guard.

Storylines by Stephanie Storm: 1. When lame duck Browns President Mike Holmgren left the door open to coaching again in the NFL during an Oct. 23 news conference, he left himself open to speculation as to where that next job might be. As the Browns came off their bye week and began to prepare for the Cowboys, they were greeted with a report that Holmgren would be interested in coaching the Cowboys job if coach Jason Garrett was removed from those duties. Holmgren denied that he has expressed an interest in the Cowboys job. But Holmgren also never ruled out that he would be interested if the job became available. 2. The Browns offense could be in for a long day in facing Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and secondary coach Jerome Henderson. All three men are former Browns coaches — Ryan (2009-10), Eberflus (2009-10) and Henderson (2009-11) — and will undoubtedly have something special cooked up for the inexperienced Browns. 3. Playing in Dallas is a special homecoming for Browns kicker Phil Dawson, a Dallas native who grew up with a Cowboys “Doomsday Defense” poster hanging on his bedroom wall. By Wednesday, Dawson said he already had 30 friends and family planning on attending the game. Dawson also played at the University of Texas, where he was a first-team All-American as a senior in 1997. 4. Browns players have heard their share of stories about the bigger-than-life video board and female pole dancers at new Cowboys Stadium. But it’s a totally different thing to actually experience the Dallas sideshow — all while trying to play a professional football game. Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor blew off the idea that he and his teammates could be distracted by one of the largest video boards in the world — 180 feet wide and 50 feet high — by suggesting, “You see one, you’ve seen them all.” But perhaps the Browns will quickly realize that in Big D, size does matter. 5. In addition to the defensive coaching connections between the two teams, former Browns players who now play for the Cowboys include fullback Lawrence Vickers (drafted by the Browns in 2006 and spent five years with the team) and defensive end Kenyon Coleman (played two seasons with the Browns and is on the Cowboys’ injured reserve list). ... Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has ties to Northeast Ohio. While growing up, his father, Jim Garrett, served as an assistant coach (1978-84) under coach Sam Rutigliano. During that time, Jason Garrett attended University School in Hunting Valley.

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Friday's Browns-Cowboys injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 16, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 16

Browns – Out: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and S Ray Ventrone (hand/calf). Questionable: CB Joe Haden (oblique) and DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf). Probable: TE Jordan Cameron (groin), WR Josh Cooper (illness), WR Josh Cribbs (wrist), LB D’Qwell Jackson (calf), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/illness), CB Buster Skrine (ankle), DT Phil Taylor (chest/ankle/illness), SS T.J. Ward (hand), QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh) and FS Usama Young (knee).

Cowboys – Out: C Phil Costa (ankle), S Matt Johnson (hamstring) and DT Sean Lissemore (ankle). Doubtful: C/G Ryan Cook (knee), CB Mike Jenkins (back), RB DeMarco Murrary (foot). Probable: LB Dan Connor (neck), TE John Phillips (ankle), NT Jay Ratliff (ankle) and FB Lawrence Vickers (knee).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 16, 2012

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

(Opening Statement)- “I know it’s right on your tip of your tongue, so I’ll just address it immediately. Joe Haden missed practice again today. At this point, he’ll be a game-time decision. I’ve got nothing really more to add. I think we listed it as an oblique strain. It’s something that can happen with a very harmless movement. We’ll just see where he’s at. He feels better today. On gameday we’ll decide if he can go.”

(On if Haden’s injury is like James-Michael Johnson’s injury from earlier this year)- “No, his was a rib.”

(On if pain tolerance will factor into things for Haden)- “We’ll just have to see. We’ll get him ready to go and if he can play, he will. If not, then we’ll adjust.”

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur says Joe Haden will travel to Dallas; his playing status game-time decision

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 16, 2012

The Browns will make a game-time decision about whether starting cornerback Joe Haden will play Sunday when they visit the Dallas Cowboys, coach Pat Shurmur said this afternoon following practice.

Haden missed practice today and Thursday after injuring an oblique muscle Wednesday. Haden was not hurt because of contact, Shurmur said.

“He’ll be a game-time decision,” Shurmur said, adding Haden will travel with the team to Dallas. “I think we listed it as an oblique strain. It’s something that can happen with a very harmless movement, and we’ll just see where he’s at. He feels better today, and on game day, we’ll decide if he can go.”

If Haden doesn't play when the Browns (2-7) face the Cowboys (4-5), the defense will be extremely thin at cornerback. Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine would start, and rookie Trevin Wade, a seventh-round draft pick, would cover the slot receiver in the nickel package.

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Browns CB Joe Haden misses second consecutive practice with injured oblique muscle

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 16, 2012

Browns starting cornerback Joe Haden was sidelined during practice today with an injured oblique muscle.

Haden suffered the injury Wednesday during practice. He sat out Thursday and today.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur is scheduled to speak to reporters at 1 p.m. today.

If Haden can’t play Sunday when the Browns (2-7) visit the Dallas Cowboys (4-5), the defense will be extremely thin at cornerback. Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine would start, and rookie Trevin Wade, a seventh-round draft pick, would cover the slot receiver in the nickel package. Undrafted rookie Johnson Bademosi is the only other healthy cornerback on the roster, but he has only played special teams this season.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 15, 2012

Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On if a week away was good for his quarterback) – “I think it was good for everybody, not specifically him. I think it gives you a chance to kind of watch everybody else work so to speak. Just kind of drain where you’re not up all the time. I would think that it was good for everybody.”

(On if Brandon Weeden becoming more vocal is a natural progression for him) – “I think it really is a natural progression and it’s not something that, I don’t care if you’re Andrew Luck or whoever, you don’t come in, jump in and start screaming and pointing. Not that he has started to do that. I just think it takes you a little while to evolve, where your voice means something besides just being the play caller.”

(On how Weeden handles criticism) – “Overtly I don’t see anything, but that’s an important facet to being a quarterback, never letting them see you sweat. I don’t think he’s internalized any of that kind of talk. For that matter, I don’t know if he’s aware of it. He has been a professional athlete before. As I say, it can’t be any worse than scrutinizing over the fact you gave up three dingers in a game or something like that.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 15, 2012

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On how it’s been to see Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin practicing together)- “It’s good. It’s good to have them all back and healthy. It gives us some flexibility and it certainly gives us more depth. That’s the thing. It’s really good to have them back.”

(On how Rubin has looked this week)- “Good, he’s moving significantly better obviously than he was before. He doesn’t look like he’s favoring anything.”

(On Tony Romo interception numbers being down recently and if he has changed anything)- “I don’t think so. I think sometimes it just happens. Things happen of course in football games. He’s very talented. They are a very talented football team. Probably like most of the really good quarterbacks, he will take chances. He’s got great faith in his receivers to go get the ball. He’ll give you some opportunities, but he’s also giving his guys some opportunities to make big plays.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 15, 2012

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

(Opening statement)- “We covered a lot of topics yesterday. I’m sure you’ve got some questions as we move forward so I’ll try to answer them for you.”

(On if we are heading to a day where quarterbacks are going to be off limits due to concussions)- “I don’t know that. It’s a physical game and the league has done an outstanding job of trying to protect the quarterback. I think this weekend was a unique weekend with the number of quarterbacks that didn’t finish their game and that happens. In this league things kind of come in bunches sometimes so I wouldn’t point to any trends. All I know is that the league does the very best that they can to keep players safe. I know behind the scenes all the stuff that goes on regarding the education from the coaches to the players in terms of how to play. You want a tough physical game and unfortunately injuries are the unintended consequence of the tough physical game. We all just need to keep in mind that everybody’s trying to do what we can to keep the players safe.”

(On if suspensions will be warranted for players committing helmet to helmet hits instead of just fines)- “I don’t know. I don’t know how punitive you need to be. I think it’s important that we do what we can to keep the players safe. As coaches we need to educate our players on how to play the game and when guys cross the line or break the rules there’s going to be consequences.”

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Thursday's Browns-Cowboys injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 15, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 15

Browns – Did not participate in practice: CB Joe Haden (oblique) and CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle). Limited participation in practice: DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and S Ray Ventrone (hand/calf). Full participation: WR Josh Cooper (illness), WR Josh Cribbs (wrist), LB D’Qwell Jackson (calf), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/illness), CB Buster Skrine (ankle), DT Phil Taylor (chest/ankle/illness), SS T.J. Ward (hand) and QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh).

Cowboys – Did not participate in practice: C/G Ryan Cook (knee), C Phil Costa (ankle), CB Mike Jenkins (back), S Matt Johnson (hamstring), DT Sean Lissemore (ankle), RB DeMarco Murrary (foot). Limited participation in practice: TE John Phillips (ankle) and and FB Lawrence Vickers (knee). Full participation in practice: LB Dan Connor (neck) and NT Jay Ratliff (ankle).

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Browns CB Joe Haden misses practice with injured oblique muscle

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 15, 2012

Browns cornerback Joe Haden did not practice today after injuring an oblique muscle Wednesday during practice.

Haden had limited participation Wednesday because of the injury. Haden might try to play through the injury Sunday when the Browns (2-7) visit the Dallas Cowboys (4-5). If he can't, rookie Trevin Wade will likely receive playing time in the nickel defense while fellow cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine line up on the outside.

Haden is the Browns’ top cornerback. He served a four-game suspension earlier this season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and the Browns went 0-4 without him. He has compiled 27 tackles, five broken-up passes and two interceptions in five games.

Safety and special-teams ace Ray Ventrone (hand/calf) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) sat out today during the portion of practice open to reporters. Ventrone fully participated in practice Wednesday. Patterson has missed the past four games.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 14, 2012

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

(Opening statement)- “Good morning. This week’s fourth game captain is Ben Watson. As you know we started the preparation for Dallas on Monday with the extra day. The meetings and walk-through this morning were fine and we’ll get ready to put the base game plan in in a couple of minutes here.”

(On if it was a sign of maturity that Greg Little addressed the team before practice on Monday)- “I knew he was going to do it. He called me late last week and asked if he could talk in the first team meeting and of course I agreed. At that time we didn’t really talk about what he intended to say, but I thought his comments were very insightful and I was glad that he did it. I’ve always appreciated Greg because he’s a competitor, he’s a tough guy and just like all players there are times where you don’t play perfect or you play less than perfect, but he’s fun to work with because he listens.”

(On Tony Romo and his ability to make plays outside the pocket)- “I think the game is never over when he’s got the ball in his hand and he’s got outstanding weapons to throw the football to. Jason Witten leads all tight ends with 66 receptions. He’s got explosive players on the outside, they run the ball well and he’s proven he can win games in this league. He has the ability to make big time plays and I think that’s what makes him dangerous.”

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Wednesday's Browns-Cowboys injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 14, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 14

Browns – Did not participate in practice: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle). Limited participation in practice: CB Joe Haden (oblique), DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and CB Buster Skrine (ankle). Full participation: WR Josh Cribbs (wrist), LB D’Qwell Jackson (calf), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder), S Ray Ventrone (hand/calf), DT Phil Taylor (chest/ankle), SS T.J. Ward (hand) and QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh).

Cowboys – Did not participate in practice: C/G Ryan Cook (knee), C Phil Costa (ankle), CB Mike Jenkins (back), S Matt Johnson (hamstring), DT Sean Lissemore (ankle), RB DeMarco Murrary (foot) and FB Lawrence Vickers (knee). Full participation in practice: LB Dan Connor (neck) and NT Jay Ratliff (ankle).

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Browns coach Pat Shurmur on QB Brandon Weeden: 'Don't throw interceptions. Done. End of story'

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 14, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur sent his message loud and clear this morning when asked what he wants to see from rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden in the final seven games of the season.

“Don’t throw interceptions,” Shurmur said during his news conference. “Done. End of story.”

Only Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has thrown more interceptions than Weeden this season. Romo has been picked off 13 times. Weeden, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel have thrown 12 interceptions apiece.

Weeden and the Browns (2-7) will visit Romo and the Cowboys (4-5) Sunday.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones supports coach Jason Garrett, praises Browns President Mike Holmgren

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 13, 2012

Mike Holmgren, the Browns' lame-duck president, met with reporters Monday and insisted he hasn’t expressed interest in coaching the Dallas Cowboys but never said he wouldn’t be interested if the job opened.

This morning, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made more comments about the situation during his radio show on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Jones voiced support for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and continued to compliment Holmgren. It's the second time Jones has publicly commented on a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS. On Sunday, La Canfora cited sources while reporting on NFL Today that Holmgren “has serious interest” in coaching the Cowboys if the job opens. Holmgren has not ruled out a return to coaching.

“I’m fired up about [Garrett] and what he can be coaching the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said. “Mike Holmgren is someone that I can't tell you on an individual basis how much I respect him. He's everything that you would want as far as a coach is concerned. I appreciate, it was a compliment, when he was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact that we could work together, and that's just the case. But make no mistake about it, I’m saying that because of Mike. And he doesn't need me to talk about what a great guy he is. Our fans probably need to hear that he's a great guy. But bottom line is it's all about Jason with me.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 12, 2012

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

(Opening Statement) – “All the guys are back. We had a good practice and I’m sure you have a weekend full of questions. I’ll let you fire away.”

(On if he went to the Bahamas for the bye week) – “Nope. (I was in) Berea and parts close. I didn’t leave town.”

(On what he was able to accomplish during the bye) – “I think it was good. Early in the week we got a good practice in. As coaches we got a chance to sit down and evaluate what went right, early in the year, and what didn’t go well, and what we want to try to focus on. That part was good. I think the players got a chance to get away a little bit and take advantage of some much needed rest.”

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Browns President Mike Holmgren responds to CBS reporting he's interested in coaching Cowboys

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 12, 2012

Mike Holmgren, the outgoing president of the Browns, addressed a report from CBS that he “has serious interest” in coaching the Dallas Cowboys if the job opens.

“I honestly don’t know what the future holds or what I want to do,” Holmgren said today in the Browns' media center after reporters requested a comment. “Honestly. Believe me on that.”

Holmgren, 64, added that he hasn’t talked to anybody -- including the Cowboys -- about his future since he held his farewell news conference Oct. 23 at the Browns’ headquarters in Berea.

“I haven’t talked to a single soul,” Holmgren said.

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DT Ahtyba Rubin returns to practice as Browns resume work after bye

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 12, 2012

Starting defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin returned to practice today as the Browns resumed work following their bye.

Rubin has missed three of the past four games with an injured calf. He has 21 tackles and a sack this season.

Defensive tackle Phil Taylor and kicker Phil Dawson also returned to practice. Both of them were excused from practice last Tuesday by coach Pat Shurmur.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson is the only Browns player who did not practice today. Patterson has missed the past four games with a sprained left ankle.

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Report: Browns outgoing president Mike Holmgren would be interested in coaching Cowboys if job opens

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 11, 2012

Mike Holmgren, the outgoing president of the Browns, didn’t rule out a return to coaching during his farewell news conference Oct. 23 at the team's headquarters in Berea.

And according to Jason La Canfora of CBS, Holmgren would be interested in coaching the Dallas Cowboys if Jason Garrett gets fired. Garrett is in his second season as coach of the Cowboys (4-5), who will host the Browns (2-7) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

“Mike Holmgren, he has serious interest in that job if it opens up, according to my sources,” La Canfora said Sunday on NFL Today. “Remember, he worked with [Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones for 13 years on the competition committee. They have a strong relationship, and at this stage of his career, Holmgren’s not looking for a rebuild. He’s going for a retool.”

Jones discussed the report about Holmgren on the Cowboys’ flagship radio station, 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM), according to Jon Machota, a special contributor to The Dallas Morning News.

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Q&A: Browns CEO Joe Banner discusses personnel decisions, philosophy, stadium enhancements

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 8, 2012

New Browns CEO Joe Banner began working at the team’s headquarters Oct. 31 and attended its 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium. In an interview today with the Beacon Journal, Banner addressed a number of topics, including personnel decisions, his philosophies on running a franchise and stadium enhancements.

Here are some of the highlights from the discussion with Banner, the former president of the Philadelphia Eagles:

Q: Has the enormity of the challenge sunk in during your first week on the job?
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: “It’s both sides. There is a huge challenge here. I consider that kind of good news because that’s what I thrive on. But I’ve confirmed what I knew. I was at the game on Sunday. It’s the first game I’ve been at. The team is 2-6, gets off to a bad start and the crowd is still rabid and loud and positive. That’s everything you hear about it before you come here. I’ve gotten lots of e-mails from fans kind of greeting me. I’ve been involved on the edge of a few the events we’re doing just to see. People don’t realize a part of the fun of working for one of the teams is all the energy and passion from the outside coming toward the team. So you hear about it and you kind of know that’s the reputation. You can see some stats on attendance or something. But getting here and feeling it is a whole other experience. That’s been really fun. I just know that if we can do the right things to get the team on track it’s just gonna be an amazing ride for everybody. That’s the good part. And I do feel like there’s confirmation that the team has made good moves and is on the right track and I think everybody also realizes has a ways to go. But the beginning of a foundation to build off of is certainly here. So those are really the two most important things and, in my mind, they’re both positives. Day-to-day work there’s a lot to do here. Some of it is just different ways I approach things that I want to convert us to. It’s not like they were wrong and I’m right or anything. It’s just different. And some of the things I do think that we can do even better or have a bigger awareness of. So that parts a very big job.”

Q: You and owner Jimmy Haslam have said you’ll wait until the end of the season to evaluate coaching staff and front office and make personnel decisions. With the team’s record 2-7 at the bye, does that plan still stand?
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: “Yeah. I mean obviously we’re watching and our opinions are kind of moving forward in terms of having more knowledge to contribute to them. But we’re gonna sit down together at the end of the season and that’s when we’ll decide what we think we need to do to be who we want to be, frankly, down the road.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 6, 2012

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

(Opening Statement) – “I think we’ve had two outstanding days of work. We got the guys out on the field. They were noticeably sore. Typically, this is not a day when you’re on the field, but they pushed through it. We got a lot done. We did a lot of individual. We worked on basic plays. We did some one-on-one stuff, and it was a good day. The meetings were outstanding. We also took care of some league business. They’ve got the NFL life skills seminar going on now. I kind of used this day also to take care of some league business, a couple videos we had to watch. It has been good. Each guy will have a plan as we move forward here through the end of the week. I think what’s important is that they realize, is this is not time off. If they choose to leave town, it’s just time away. It’s important to spend time thinking about what went well and what didn’t go well in the first half of the season. Get re-focused and revitalized and get ready to play a lot of football. This is a lot later bye than what I’m used to, but we’re going to take advantage of the time. Each player and coach has things that we need to get better at. I think that’s what this is for.”

(On where he hopes Brandon Weeden is mentally and if he understands that he needs to play better) – “I think so. I think we can all do things better. If we’re sitting here at 9-0, then maybe the approach is a little bit different. I think there are a lot of things all the players can do. I think he has done some good things in the first nine games to basically play every snap. He has had a lot of opportunities to do some good things. Then there are some things, some throws and some decisions and some things that he’ll learn from. I think that’s just natural. That really is the routine that all players go through. It’s amplified when you’re a rookie quarterback in this league. It really is. There are a lot of teams right now playing with rookie quarterbacks. You can look as individuals and as teams there have been some ups and downs. I think we get a chance to re-focus, re-center and go back and look at the things that he does well, (which are) the plays and the progressions that he has executed at a high percentage. Try to focus on that.”

(On if he thinks Weeden is aggressive enough) – “I think so. I think there’s a fine line between being aggressive and of course, being very careful with the football. You can’t take a guy that’s not aggressive and make him aggressive. You can take a guy that’s aggressive with the football that has trust in his skill and ability, and make him understand, ‘Hey, there are times when you can’t save every play.’ I think that’s okay.”

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Kicker Phil Dawson, defensive tackle Phil Taylor among Browns players missing practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 6, 2012

Kicker Phil Dawson and defensive tackle Phil Taylor are among four Browns players who were absent today during the 10-minute portion of practice open to the media.

Coach Pat Shurmur said he excused both players from practice and they're OK.

"All's good with them," Shurmur said. "The Phils are fine."

Dawson made all five of his field-goal attempts Sunday in the Browns’ 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Taylor made his 2012 debut Sunday after missing the first eight games of the season while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 5, 2012

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

(Opening Statement) – “I had a chance last night to say a lot about the game. We got behind against a very good football team. We fought our way back with just under nine minutes, and were winning 15-14. It becomes an issue of being able to finish, and I think that’s what I talked to the players about. They are going to be games where you’re going to be ahead and you’re going to stay ahead the whole way. There will be games when you get behind and you fight your way back in and you have to finish. Then, there are games when you’re ahead, and they come back and get the lead. We just have to finish better. I think there were a lot of plays throughout the game we were visiting today. It is important to be ahead at halftime. We talk a lot about the fourth quarter. We need to play better throughout. There were some decisions, when I look back on them now, of course, that don’t work out. Then I’ll say, ‘well, you know what? Maybe we should have done something else.’ That’s what you do on Monday. I’m sure you’ll have specific questions, so I’ll leave those to you. I am not discouraged. I remember a year ago, we played the Baltimore Ravens here, and the score was close, but they beat the brakes off us. They ran the ball on us. We found a way to get it kind of close. There were special teams issues that popped up. This was a very fine football team we played. I don’t know how it’s reported locally. They’re a very good football team, we had a chance to beat them and we didn’t. That’s what’s disappointing, but not discouraged. You’re going to hear me say it, because I believe it. We’re just getting ourselves ready to go as we move forward. We have a bye week here wedged into the preparation (of) getting ready to play the Cowboys, and that’s where we’re at. I will say, the special teams part of this thing, we’ve made huge improvements there. Huge improvements. That was kind of a heavyweight fight when you watch the special teams compete. They have a lot of very fine athletes. They have a lot of very dangerous people on their special teams units. I think our guys went out there and battled. I think they have done so, for the most part, all year. Best game out of our punter (Reggie Hodges). Phil (Dawson) made five field goals, which we’ll talk about the red zone. You don’t ever want that to happen, but he did it. We didn’t win the game, (and) all that is for not, because we did not win, but we will build on that.”

(On if he would call the fourth and two call differently today) – “What I would like us to do is execute, give him a better play and make it. I watched the game last night, the (New York) Giants punted in that situation (and they) never saw the ball again. Being that we did get the ball back, yeah, I would consider doing something different if I can guarantee I’m going to get the ball back. That will be, I’m sure, in comparison to the one against Indy.”

(On if he would run a more simplified play instead) – “(It was) pretty simple, the one we ran. We just didn’t execute it well. I have to give him a better play and then we’ve got to make it. You’re talking about it being a gutsy call to keep the drive alive.”

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Game day blog: Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens (Week 9)

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 4, 2012

Final score: Ravens 25, Browns 15 (game story; Marla Ridenour's column; notebook; thumbs up/thumbs down; Phil Dawson story; box score)

Game action

End 4Q: Ravens 25, Browns 15 -- The Browns grabbed the lead midway through the fourth quarter on Phil Dawson's fifth field goal of the day. A couple of plays earlier, Weeden hit Josh Gordon on a slant for a would-be 18-yard touchdown but had it called back on an illegal formation penalty on Chris Ogbonnaya. The Ravens' winning play came on the following drive. Torrey Smith caught a pass, turned toward the outside and beat Joe Haden to the pylon to put Baltimore up 22-15 (after a successful two-point conversion). The Browns faced a fourth-and-two on their own 28-yard line and elected to go for it instead of punting. Weeden's pass to Greg Little sailed over his head, and the Ravens added a field goal to put the game out of reach. 

End 3Q: Ravens 14, Browns 12 – Phil Dawson kicked his fourth field goal of the day to again chip away at Baltimore’s early two-touchdown lead. Dawson has made attempts from 32-, 28-, 29- and now 33 yards today. The Browns defense has forced the Ravens into five straight three-and-outs dating back to the second quarter. 

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Friday's Browns-Ravens injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 2, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 2

Browns – Out: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle). Doubtful: DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf). Questionable: WR Josh Cooper (thigh) and LB D’Qwell Jackson (calf/foot/toe). Probable: CB Johnson Bademosi (hip), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), DT John Hughes (arm), LB James-Michael Johnson (knee/groin), RG Shawn Lauvao (groin), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), QB Colt McCoy (illness), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (chest/ribs), DE Juqua Parker (knee), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/toe), G Jarrod Shaw (illness), S Ray Ventrone (hand/calf), SS T.J. Ward (hand/shoulder), QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh) and LS Christian Yount (shoulder).

Ravens – Out: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh). Questionable: DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder/knee) and WR LaQuan Williams (ankle). Probable: WR Tandon Doss (illness), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hand), S James Ihedigbo (hand), WR Jacoby Jones (foot), DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu (knee), OT Bryant McKinnie (thigh), OT Michael Oher (ankle), OT Kelechi Osemele (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder/chest), CB Jimmy Smith (abs), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 2, 2012

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters after practice. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(Opening Statement)- “I think it was another good practice. The guys played fast and we got a lot done today. One more little deal tomorrow with the mock game and we’ll be ready to go.”

(On if they have enough healthy players at defensive end)- “Yeah, we’ll have a rotation in there. We’ll cover it up the best we can.”

(On if they’ll have to make a roster move at defensive end)- “At this point no. Ronnie Cameron will become active.”

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Browns starting DT Ahtyba Rubin misses practice again, will likely be ruled out vs. Ravens

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 2, 2012

Starting defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin did not practice today, a sign he’ll likely be ruled out for Sunday, when the Browns (2-6) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-2).

Rubin has missed two of the past three games with an injured calf. He hasn’t practiced all week.

Although Rubin’s absence would be a significant blow to the defense, it should be softened by the return of tackle Phil Taylor.

After missing the first eight games this season while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle, Taylor will make his 2012 debut Sunday. Taylor, the 21st overall pick in last year’s draft, said he won’t start and his reps will be limited, but he should still be able to help while rotating with rookie starting tackles Billy Winn and John Hughes.

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Transcript from news conference with Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 1, 2012

Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On if the success of Trent Richardson can change the philosophy of the offense going forward) – “I think you would always like to be able to run the football. Whether it’s that number or not, it could be higher it could be lower, it just kind of depends on how you’re moving it that day. It was good to see. I don’t think there’s any downside to that, for him to be able to carry the ball for 100 plus yards.”

(On if it has been a dramatic change for Richardson to stay true to the play with the zone blocking the offense runs) – “I think that’s always a battle as a running back. Course integrity, staying on that course and trusting what you’re going to see in front of you and trusting we’ve got the thing schemed. Then obviously, innate ability takes over at some point in time. I think there are times probably where Trent has been a little bit impatient. You want to do more so you’re going to try to do more and that’s not always the right way to go as a running back. That happens with every running back, he’s not the lone ranger. I thought he was patient with what he was doing the other day and I thought our line did a good job of giving him holes every now and then.”

(On what is the main problem on not converting third and one’s) – “I don’t know if there’s a main problem or not. Sometimes it can be the runner, sometimes it can be the scheme and that’s coaching. Sometimes it can be somebody being physically beat at the point of attack and that’s going to happen. Do we like it to happen? No, we’re coaching against it, we’re looking at who’s the best, we’re looking at us, and we’re looking at all those kinds of things. What do we do the best in that situation? We’re fighting to find a way to rectify that.”

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Thursday's Browns-Ravens injury report

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 1, 2012

Injury report for Nov. 1

Browns – Did not participate in practice: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and DE Brian Sanford (knee). Limited participation in practice: LB D’Qwell Jackson (foot/toe), DE Juqua Parker (knee), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib), S Ray Ventrone (hand/calf) and SS T.J. Ward (hand/shoulder). Full participation in practice: CB Johnson Bademosi (hip), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), DT John Hughes (arm), LB James-Michael Johnson (knee/groin), RG Shawn Lauvao (groin), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (chest/ribs), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/toe), G Jarrod Shaw (illness), QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh) and LS Christian Yount (shoulder).

Ravens – Did not participate in practice: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh) and DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder/knee). Limited participation in practice: WR Jacoby Jones (foot) and CB Jimmy Smith (abs). Full participation in practice: CB Chykie Brown (ankle), TE Ed Dickson (hand), LB Dannell Ellerbe (hand), S James Ihedigbo (hand), DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu (knee), OT Bryant McKinnie (thigh), OT Michael Oher (ankle), OT Kelechi Osemele (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder/chest), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder).

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Transcript from news conference with Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 1, 2012

Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron met with reporters today. Here is a transcript from the news conference:

(On Phil Taylor coming back)- “It’s great to have Phil back practicing. As of now, he’ll certainly rotate into that game. We’ll see how much he can go. We don’t want to overdo it. He’s had two weeks of work and it’s been a long season. He’ll definitely work in, and we’re really excited about seeing him back. Wish we had Rube (Ahtyba Rubin) obviously, but we’ll see where that goes too.”

(On if it’s been a challenge with the two rookie defensive linemen John Hughes and Billy Winn as opposed to having the size of Taylor and Rubin)- “I would say no really. We’ve talked a lot all the way through this about John and Billy and what a nice job they have done. Phil is really a good player. We got John and Billy to kind of back up Rube and Phil, and losing Phil was a tough one. It’s given those two young guys a lot more experience, the loss of both Rube and Phil. It’s brought them along a lot quicker. Now, once Phil gets back into it and we can get Rube back, I think we’ll have a really good inside rotation. Phil is a giant man, and a good athlete, and at the end of last season he was playing at a high level. We do expect a lot of him, but it’s not an easy thing to come back at this point and play at that same level right away. I think it’s going take him some time to work back into it.”

(On if not having Rubin and Taylor’s size on the defensive line affects the run defense)- “I think any time you lose a player, certainly a starter, it impacts everything. It will impact you along the way.”

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Transcript from news conference with Browns coach Pat Shurmur

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 1, 2012

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

(Opening statement)- “In terms of our preparation for Baltimore, I don’t have much to add to get us going here. The preparation was good yesterday and we just keep forging ahead here. Guys are focused and working hard so we’ll do what we can to get as good as we can get for Sunday.”

(On if he agrees with Haloti Ngata who said Alex Mack is the best center in the division)- “That’s high praise from Haloti. I would flip it around and say he’s probably one of the best defensive tackles in the league for sure, but that’s good. They get to go against each other, they’ve gone against each other quite a few times and I know we’ve got a lot of respect for their players. To hear that it’s good. It will be a good battle for sure.”

(On how Mack is playing this year)- “I think he’s doing a good job. I think there’s a lot going on for a center. I tend to lean on him quite a bit. I know anytime you have a young quarterback - the center gets the ball rolling and gets all the calls made and of course the quarterback can trump him. He’s a very smart guy, he studies very hard and I think he’s an outstanding player. I think he’s having a good year.”

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Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi appears to be on track to return vs. Ravens

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 1, 2012

Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi appears to be on the verge of playing for the first time since Sept. 23, when he suffered a hamstring injury against the Buffalo Bills. Massaquoi has missed five consecutive games.

“It’s kind of a building thing,” offensive coordinator Brad Childress said today. “We’ll just see if he’s ready for prime time here by the end of the week when we get to Friday.”

Massaquoi fully participated in practice Wednesday for the first time since he was hurt. He practiced again today, another sign he’s on pace to play Sunday when the Browns (2-6) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-2).

“He looked good,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He was out there start to finish, did a good job.”

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