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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Sunday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference.

On why QB Rex Grossman was cut: “As you know, 48 hours after the deadline, there’s a lot of movement with the roster so I wouldn’t read too much into where it stands right now. There are some guys who aren’t here who potentially could come back. There are some guys who are here who won’t be here. The roster situation right now is very fluid. I think that just comes with the time of year when a lot of names that are out there – guys that you like in the draft who you thought were draftable and you were getting ready to take but somebody else took them. Then you have to weigh those decisions. Can we get this guy here? Can we get him ready? Do we put him on the 53? Do we put him on the practice squad? That’s why (General Manager) Ray Farmer and his crew have pretty much been working non-stop since the end of our game last week.”

On when he thinks it’ll settle down: “There could potentially be some moves at the end of the week, but I would think it would be, for the most part, settled by the time we take the field on Wednesday.”

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Browns cornerbacks Joe Haden, Buster Skrine and Pierre Desir return to practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2014

Browns Pro Bowler Joe Haden and fellow cornerbacks Buster Skrine and Pierre Desir returned to practice Sunday.

The three players stretched during the 25-minute period of practice open to the media. The Browns are not wearing full pads Sunday.

Haden is coming back from a foot injury that forced him to miss the final two preseason games. Skrine had thumb surgery Aug. 18. Desir missed the final three exhibition games with an injured knee.

Haden and Skrine are expected to be ready to play Sept. 7 in the regular-season opener at Pittsburgh. A fourth-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, Desir might be sidelined for the start of the regular season, coach Mike Pettine said last week.

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Browns awarded four players off waivers, sign five to practice squad

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2014

The Browns announced Sunday they were awarded four players off waivers -- receiver LaRon Byrd (Dallas), offensive linemen Caylin Hauptmann (Seattle) and Ryan Seymour (San Francisco) and running back Glenn Winston (San Francisco) -- and signed five to their practice squad --  offensive lineman James Brown, defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi and linebackers Keith Pough and Justin Staples.

The Browns also waived offensive lineman Karim Barton and Martin Wallace and receiver Charles Johnson. The team also terminated the contract of veteran third-string quarterback Rex Grossman.

Below is a news release from the Browns outlining the moves.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Sunday were awarded four players via waivers. The team acquired WR LaRon Byrd (Dallas), OL Caylin Hauptmann (Seattle), OL Ryan Seymour (San Francisco) and RB Glenn Winston (San Francisco). The Browns also signed OL James Brown, DL Jacobbi McDaniel, TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi, LB Keith Pough and LB Justin Staples to the practice squad. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.

In addition, the club waived OL Karim Barton, WR Charles Johnson and OL Martin Wallace and terminated the contract of QB Rex Grossman.

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Browns cut veteran quarterback Rex Grossman

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2014

The Browns will roll with just two quarterbacks after all.

The team cut veteran third-string quarterback Rex Grossman as part of the trimming necessary to make room for waiver claims, a league source confirmed Sunday for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. ProFootballTalk.com reported the news Sunday after USA Today reported the move was expected.

The Browns have starting quarterback Brian Hoyer and rookie backup Johnny Manziel on the roster.

On Aug. 12, Grossman signed a one-year contract with the Browns worth $955,000, including $50,000 guaranteed, according to Spotrac.com.

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Browns claim rookie running back Glenn Winston off waivers from 49ers

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2014

The Browns claimed undrafted rookie running back Glenn Winston off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. NFL Network first reported the news.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Winston impressed this preseason. He had 19 carries for 113 yards (5.9 average) and a touchdown.

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Browns claim wide receiver LaRon Byrd off waivers from Cowboys, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2014

The Browns have turned to LaRon Byrd to help their receiving corps, which has been decimated by the NFL suspending All-Pro Josh Gordon for at least the entire 2014 season.

The team claimed Byrd off waivers Sunday from the Dallas Cowboys, NationalFootballPost.com reported. The Browns have yet to announce the move.

At the very least, Byrd gives the Browns something they needed at the wide receiver position -- more size. He's listed at 6 feet, 4 inches and 225 pounds. Three of the five receivers the Browns had on their active roster entering Sunday are 5 feet, 10 inches or shorter.

The Arizona Cardinals signed Byrd, 25, as an undrafted free agent from the University of Miami in 2012. He appeared in four regular-season games as a rookie and had one catch for 8 yards.

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Browns claim offensive linemen Ryan Seymour, Caylin Hauptmann off waivers, according to reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 31, 2014

The Browns have claimed offensive linemen Ryan Seymour and Caylin Hauptmann off waivers Sunday from the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, according to reports.

NFL Network reported the claiming of Seymour and USA Today reported the claiming of Hauptmann. The Browns have yet to announce the moves.

Neither lineman has played in an NFL regular-season game. Both players were waived Saturday.

The Seahawks drafted Seymour in the seventh round of last year's draft out of Vanderbilt. The 49ers signed Seymour off the Seahawks' practice squad in December.

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Browns cut roster to 53 players

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 30, 2014

The Browns cut the roster down to 53 players on Saturday. Here is the news release from the team:

The Cleveland Browns today readied their roster for the 2014 season opener in Pittsburgh in eight days by making 21 transactions to reach the NFL regular season limit of 53 players.

The team terminated the contracts of four veteran players including 12-year veteran, wide receiver Nate Burleson; linebackers Zac Diles and Jamal Westerman; and running back Chris Ogbonnaya.

Cornerback Isaiah Trufant was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury that forced him to miss three of the Browns’ four preseason games.

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Tracking Browns' roster cuts as they form 53-man roster

By August Fagerstrom Published: August 30, 2014

Today is the NFL's cut day, meaning all teams must trim their 75-man rosters to 53 players before 4 p.m. Follow along as we monitor cuts the Browns have made today:

-Nate Burleson, WR

Burleson, an 11-year veteran, signed a one-year deal with the Browns in the offseason, but a league source confirmed him being cut to the Beacon Journal. The move comes as a bit of a surprise given how thin the Browns are at the wide receiver position. Burleson battled a hamstring injury throughout the preseason that caused him to miss the first three weeks of action. In Thursday's preseason finale against Chicago, Burleson was targeted twice and caught one pass, a 27-yarder from Johnny Manziel.

-Dion Lewis, RB

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Suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon wants to play in CFL, but CFL spokesman says rule won't allow it

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 28, 2014

Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon isn't allowed to play in the Canadian Football League as long as he's under contract with an NFL team.

Gordon would like to play for the CFL's Calgary Stampede this year while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy, a source familiar with the situation said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

However, a CFL rule won't let that happen.

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Johnny Manziel transforms into 'Johnny JamBoogie' in funny new Snickers commercial

By Darrin Werbeck Published: August 28, 2014

If the football thing doesn't work out for Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, he might have a future as an aerobics instructor.

A hungry Manziel stars in a Snickers commercial as "Johnny JamBoogie" until he comes to his senses with a little help from a candy bar.

 

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 26, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference.

On if he has any sense that Browns WR Nate Burleson will be able to play Thursday against the Bears: “Yeah, he was out there today. We’re optimistic. We’ll see just how he responded after today, as well. He got some team reps, so that was a good sign.”

On Browns TE Jordan Cameron getting reps and looking normal at practice today: “That would be a correct statement.”

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Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron returns to practice Tuesday

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 26, 2014

Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron returned to practice Tuesday after being excused from it Monday.

Coach Mike Pettine said after Monday's practice Cameron was "just dealing with an issue" but declined to elaborate.

The absence was not related to the sprained AC joint Cameron suffered in a shoulder during the team’s intrasquad scrimmage at the University of Akron on Aug. 2, a source familiar with the situation said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because Pettine wouldn’t provide details.

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Browns place OL Michael Bowie, LB Darius Eubanks on injured reserve

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 26, 2014

The Browns have placed offensive lineman Michael Bowie and linebacker Darius Eubanks on injured reserve. The team says both players had shoulder surgeries earlier this month.

General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement Tuesday morning.  

The moves leave the Browns with 76 players on the roster. All teams must have a maximum of 75 players on the roster by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 25, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference.

On where TE Jordan Cameron was today: “He’s just dealing with an issue. He was excused today from practice.”

On if his shoulder is bothering him: “He was excused from practice today. I won’t go into any other detail on that.”

On if it’s a one day issue: “That’s the expectation.”

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Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron among Browns players missing practice Monday

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 25, 2014

Updated at 4:15 p.m.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron was excused from practice Monday.

Pettine declined to elaborate.

"He's just dealing with an issue," Pettine said. "He was excused today from practice.

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Browns cut roster by 14, including WR Anthony Armstrong and RB Edwin Baker

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 25, 2014

The Browns cut their roster by 14 players today, including wide receiver Anthony Armstrong and running back Edwin Baker. They have 76 players on the roster and must get to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Here is the team's release:

Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer announced the following roster moves this morning:

Waived:
DB Royce Adams
RB Edwin Baker
OL Randall Harris
DB T.J. Heath
DL Cam Henderson
WR Jonathan Krause
OL Ryan Lee
LB Caleb McSurdy
OL Keavon Milton
LB Keith Pough
WR Tim Smith
OL Jeremiah Warren
TE Martell Webb

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Mike Pettine says Browns 'fairly certain' Josh Gordon will be suspended at least part of year

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 24, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine acknowledged the organization anticipates All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon to be suspended for at least part of the upcoming season, and the expectation contributed to Gordon not playing Saturday night in a 33-14 preseason loss to the St. Louis Rams.

"I wasn't sending a message," Pettine said Sunday afternoon during a conference call. "Knowing that the decision is looming, that we're fairly certain that we're not going to have him for at minimum some part of the year, we wanted to make sure that we were getting repetitions with the guys that were going to be out there early."  

Gordon is awaiting a decision from the NFL regarding his appeal of a drug suspension. A repeat offender of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Gordon could receive a minimum ban of at least a year.

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Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, veteran receiver Nate Burleson among Browns who won't play Saturday

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 23, 2014

Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden will be sidelined when the Browns host the St. Louis Rams at 8 p.m. Saturday for their third preseason game, the team announced.

Haden has a sore foot, and his status is considered day-to-day, a team spokesman said. Haden is being held out for precautionary reasons, the spokesman said.

Browns veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson also will remain out with a strained hamstring. Burleson has yet to play this preseason.

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Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for flipping bird

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 22, 2014
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Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for directing a middle-finger salute at Washington’s bench Monday night in a preseason game, a source familiar with the situation confirmed for the Beacon Journal on Friday.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the NFL has yet to announce the fine. ESPN and NFL Network first reported the fine Friday morning.

Manziel, the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, is still contemplating whether he will appeal the fine, according to NFL Network’s report. The fine, which is more than the league's $11,025 minimum for the offense, could be reduced to 25 percent of Manziel's weekly check, or about $6,000, if he he were to win an appeal.

“I get words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week,” Manziel said Monday night. “I should’ve been smarter. It was a Monday Night Football game. The cameras were probably solidly on me, so I just need to be smarter about that.

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Mike Pettine says Browns not committed to Johnny Manziel package, but it may be used down the road

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 22, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine is not ruling out the possibility of eventually working backup rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel into games by using a special package of plays designed for him.

Last month, Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also left the door open for such a scenario.

During an interview Friday morning with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Pettine was asked how he would keep Manziel ready to play despite sitting behind Brian Hoyer, whom the Browns named their starting quarterback over Johnny Football on Wednesday.

"I just think in the NFL, you do yourself a disservice if you don't have two quarterbacks ready," Pettine said. "People have asked me about potentially a two-quarterback system and having a package for [Manziel]. That is on the table. I don't know if that's anything that we want to commit to just now 'cause I think Brian because of the competition is a little bit behind with the chemistry and continuity in working with the first group. I think that's something that we could potentially look at down the road. But it's been a long time in Cleveland since two quarterbacks, for whatever reason, haven't had to play during the season."

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 20, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.

On how much he hopes this decision will ease whatever burden might have been on QB Brian Hoyer during this whole competition: “Yeah, I think that’s part of it. I think he’s handled it well. I think if you asked him, there was some stress there, but that’s part of football. We want to distress our guys. We wanted to put them in tough situations. We talk to the team all the time about mental toughness and dealing with adverse conditions. That was something that they went through and had to deal with, and I think it will only make them stronger.”

On if he thinks everyone underestimated how much stress was put on Hoyer between battling for the starting job and trying to come back from injury: “I think the injury was a big part of it. I mean, he’s really – he hasn’t had that many true reps with a live pass-rush. I think anybody – it took (WR) Travis (Benjamin) some time to get back, (WR) Charles (Johnson) some time to really start to feel it. I don’t think it’s any different at the quarterback spot.”

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Brian Hoyer to become 12th QB to start regular-season opener for Browns since 1999

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 20, 2014

The Browns have had 20 starting quarterbacks since their expansion era began in 1999. Brian Hoyer is on the verge of becoming the 12th one to start a regular-season opener during the same span. On Wednesday morning, the Browns named Hoyer their Week 1 starter over rookie Johnny Manziel for Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh.

Below is a list of Browns starting quarterbacks in regular-season openers during the franchise's expansion era.

1999: Ty Detmer

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Browns email news release announcing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback

By Ron Ledgard Published: August 20, 2014

The Browns issued an emailed release this morning announcing that Brian Hoyer is the starting quarterback.

Here is the full release:

Brian Hoyer has been named the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback, coach Mike Pettine announced this morning.

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Browns coach Mike Pettine, staff will meet tonight, figure out if they're ready to name starting QB

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 19, 2014

The Browns will meet Tuesday night to figure out if they're ready to name either veteran Brian Hoyer or rookie Johnny Manziel their starting quarterback for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener at Pittsburgh.

"We'll decide later if we're ready to name a starter," Browns coach Mike Pettine told reporters Tuesday afternoon during a conference call.

Hoyer and Manziel struggled so mightily Monday night during a 24-23 loss to Washington in the Browns' second preseason game that Pettine might hold off on choosing one of them. Pettine said he still prefers to pick a quarterback Tuesday because, in an ideal situation, one would be given the reigns of the offense before the "dress rehearsal" exhibition game Saturday against St. Louis.

"We could have one named, and I'm not ruling that out," Pettine said. "That's something we're going to discuss tonight. And if we do have to wait until after the next game, so be it.

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Browns rookie Johnny Manziel's middle-finger salute prompts laughter from Washington's players

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 19, 2014

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was so rattled by Washington's trash talking in the second preseason game Monday night that he gave the opposing bench a middle-finger salute late in the third quarter.

For Manziel and coach Mike Pettine's reaction, read our story about the Browns' 24-23 loss by clicking here.

As for Washington's players, what did they think about it?

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Browns cornerback Buster Skrine undergoes thumb surgery, status is week to week

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 18, 2014

Browns cornerback Buster Skrine had thumb surgery Monday, and his status is considered week to week, the team confirmed.

ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the surgery.

On Saturday, Browns coach Mike Pettine said Skrine is expected to be ready to play in the Sept. 7 regular-season opener at Pittsburgh.

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Browns developments to watch on 'Monday Night Football' other than Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Manziel

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 18, 2014

All eyes will be on veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel as they perform in the final audition Monday night before the Browns meet to pick one of them as the starting quarterback for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener at Pittsburgh.

For our quarterback-duel analysis, click here.

For other developments to watch when the Browns face Washington at 8 p.m. on ESPN's Monday Night Football, check out the list below. 

1. Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert will make his NFL preseason debut, which was delayed by a groin injury that sidelined him Aug. 9 at Detroit. Gilbert, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, is guaranteed to start opposite Pro Bowler Joe Haden because Buster Skrine is out with an injured thumb. "It's like a dream come true playing next to a great guy like that," Gilbert said of starting opposite Haden. "I'm pumped up. I can't wait to get out there on the field." Gilbert is the first draft pick of the coach Mike Pettine-General Manager Ray Farmer era. Gilbert's first test drive could include matchups against receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 16, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters today after the final practice of training camp. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On what he didn’t like about the fight during practice: “I just thought it went a little too far. I understand and have spoken on fights before. That’s going to happen sometimes. That’s the price of doing business, but I thought we got out of the realm of being good teammates. Also, I just think overall practice, to that point, I thought was a little too sloppy for my liking. It was kind of a culmination of the sloppiness and then the length of the fight. The thing I was pleased about was how they responded after. I thought they were sharp. They were focused. They practiced how they should, but I just told them after that we don’t need a traumatic event to kind of snap us back into place, that we need to be mature enough and professional enough to be able to handle tough circumstances and practice well.”

On what he thought about OL Joe Thomas being at the bottom of the fight’s pile: “I talked about it’s part of it, but we’ve got to be able to protect each other. We’re all wearing the same logo.”

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 15, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday after practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On the fan reaction at training camp so far: “It’s been tremendous. I came here and the fans had a certain reputation. You kind of sense it from the outside – the passion, the loyalty. They just proved it over the course of training camp. I think we averaged the most fans the Browns have ever had for training camp. You can just sense the enthusiasm. It’s something I think is going to be huge for our guys. We want the Dawg Pound to bring back the days of old when home-field advantage will truly be a home-field advantage. You look at what Seattle has been able to do with the 12th man. If we go out there and are playing good football and give our fans something to cheer about, they’ll be among the loudest in the league.”

On how the ice bath was from participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: “I got lucky. I’m sure when you review the tape I was braced for it, and I think the buckets, because they were filled with ice, were a little bit heavy for the guys to lift. I got some down the back which was refreshing. It was good. It’s for a great cause. I do want to go ahead and put the challenge out there to the (ESPN) Monday Night (Football) crew, especially (MNF commentator) Mike Tirico and (MNF analyst) Jon Gruden. I know they’ll appreciate it. I was around (Baltimore Ravens senior advisor to play development) O.J. Brigance, who was afflicted with ALS, in Baltimore. He’s just an amazing person, and I just think it’s for a great cause.”

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Video: Cleveland Browns participate in ALS ice bucket challenge

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 15, 2014

After being tagged by the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets, the Browns were the latest team to join in the ALS ice bucket challenge on Friday. Coach Mike Pettine joined the team in the drenching and issued his own challenge to Jets coach Rex Ryan.

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Browns to start quarterback Brian Hoyer in second preseason game Monday at Washington

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 14, 2014

The Browns have named veteran Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback for the team's second preseason game Monday night at Washington.

Coach Mike Pettine made the announcement Thursday.

The Browns plan to give Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel about the same amount of reps with the starters as their battle for the starting quarterback job heats up in the team's upcoming nationally televised prime-time game at FedExField.

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Browns sign inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 14, 2014

The Browns signed inside linebacker Caleb McSurdy on Thursday, the team announced.

The Dallas Cowboys picked McSurdy in the seventh round (No. 222 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during training camp and missed the entire season. He spent part of the 2013 season on the St. Louis Rams' practice squad.

The 6-foot-1, 241-pound McSurdy appeared in 56 games at the University of Montana and registered more than 100 tackles during his junior and season seasons.

The Browns have the maximum of 90 players on their roster.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 13, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday after practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On running the no-huddle at practice: “Yeah, it’s something that we want to incorporate offensively at some point. It’s always good to be able to change your tempo, sometimes by necessity if you’re down. It’s not necessarily a true 2-minute when you get behind and you just want to kind of change the tempo up a little bit. It’s really the future of the league, so I think defensively we can’t see enough of that. That was a situation in Buffalo last year we were up-tempo all the time. Our guys got real used to it, so we weren’t real fazed by it when we saw it during the regular season. I think that’s something you’ll see more of. We’ll work on that more repetitions in future practices, especially leading up to the opener. I know Pittsburgh, there’s talk of it. They ran some up-tempo last year. I think they liked it and they’re going to increase it some more. I think it’s a league-wide trend, so it’s something we certainly need to be prepared for.”

On if he thinks QB Johnny Manziel is ready to handle the no-huddle offense: “Yeah, today was the first set of doing it. We were pretty basic offensively with the volume that we had no-huddle, but I think it’s to any quarterback’s advantage to be able to get up on the ball quick and force a defense to not be able to substitute and maybe be a little bit more vanilla with their calls or more worried about getting lined up then getting in advance detail. You see some teams that play well when they have that time to reset in between, and then I think you just need that in your arsenal to kind of unnerve a team, the ability to go no-huddle.”

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 12, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.

On signing QB Rex Grossman: “We’re always going to be in a situation where if we feel like we can make our roster better, we’ll make that move. He’s a guy that’s very familiar with (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan’s) system. We appreciate what (QB) Tyler (Thigpen) did for us, but we just felt like we wanted to get Rex in here and just see where he’s at and what he can do.”

On why the Browns didn’t go after Grossman to begin with: “I’m not going to get into the specifics of the ‘why’ behind stuff. There are a lot of factors involved. We wanted to give Tyler an opportunity. We did and we felt it was time to go ahead and take a look at Rex”.

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Browns plan to give QBs Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel equal reps with starters in Monday's game

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 12, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine has yet to name a starting quarterback for the second preseason game Monday night at Washington, but he made a more important revelation Tuesday after practice.

Regardless of which quarterback starts, the plan is to give veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel about the same amount of reps with the starters.

"The bottom line coming out of the game is that they both should get close to equal reps with the ones no matter who starts,'' Pettine said.

Pettine said he, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will decide Thursday, when the team is off practice, which quarterback will start Monday.

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Browns sign veteran quarterback Rex Grossman, waive Tyler Thigpen

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 12, 2014

The Browns found a new third-string quarterback and dumped another on Tuesday, signing Rex Grossman and waiving Tyler Thigpen.

The team announced the moves.

Grossman, 33, gives the Browns a veteran backup who's fluent in the system employed by new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Grossman spent the past five seasons with Shanahan -- one with the Houston Texans and the last four with the Washington Redskins.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Grossman could be valuable in the quarterback room because of his ability to assist Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel, both of whom are competing for the starting quarterback job, as they learn the intricacies of Shanahan's offense.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 11, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.

On if he thought about moving inside because of the rain: “We were more concerned if there was lightning. We’re going to have to play in rain at times. I thought it was good work for the quarterbacks and the receivers especially working with a wet ball. We were fortunate. We got it a little bit early and then it kind of tapered off for us. Obviously we have a lightning warning system. If that had come into play then we would have gone inside.”

On if the ball was wet for the QBs because it seemed like another defensive day: “It was. I think that takes a little bit of getting used to. In a game situation, I think that if it is raining they’ll do a better job. I think it was kind of on purpose. Our offensive coaches wanted to see our guys throw a wet ball, a heavier ball just to get used to it. It’s going to happen.”

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Browns notes: QB Brian Hoyer remains atop depth chart, Jordan Cameron on contract talks and more

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 11, 2014

Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer is still atop the Browns' depth chart, and rookie Johnny Manziel is still No. 2 in the wake of the team's 13-12 loss to the Detroit Lions in the preseason opener Saturday night.

Of course, that could change after the next preseason game Aug. 18 at Washington.

But, for now, Hoyer still has the lead.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 10, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine held a conference call with reporters Sunday. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On his assessment of the quarterbacks following yesterday's preseason game at Detroit: “I thought they were both solid. I think they both got almost the same number of reps. (QB) Brian (Hoyer) got 24. (QB) Johnny (Manziel) got 25. Different supporting casts, but it was good tape, I think, for both of them. I think they both operated efficiently, operated the offense efficiently. Had a couple of plays that maybe they would want to take back, but I just think as a first experience for both of them – for Brian, this is his first live game coming off the knee injury, but he did some good things, and Johnny’s first NFL game. I think there was reason for both of them to be nervous, and I think they both settled in quickly and operated efficiently.”

On if he has decided which quarterback will start the second preseason game: “No, we have not.”

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Browns coach Mike Pettine: Johnny Manziel has improved but isn't ahead of Brian Hoyer in QB derby

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 10, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine insists rookie Johnny Manziel has not surpassed veteran Brian Hoyer in the race to become the team's starting quarterback.

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported a team source told him Manziel is ahead in the quarterback derby in the aftermath of the Browns' 13-12 loss to the Detroit Lions on Saturday night in the preseason opener. But Pettine refuted the report.

"It's untrue," Pettine said Sunday during a conference call. "I'm not sure who his team source would be, but to me, the people most involved in the decision are myself and [quarterbacks coach] Dowell Loggains and [offensive coordinator] Kyle Shanahan. So it's something that I'm not going to pay a lot of attention to because I don't like being in the business of anonymous sources."

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Several notable Browns players to sit out Saturday night's preseason opener vs. Lions

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 9, 2014

Several notable Browns players won't play Saturday night in the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert (groin) headlines the list. The earliest the eighth overall pick in this year's draft would be able to make his NFL debut is Aug. 18, when the Browns will visit the Washington Redskins in the second preseason game.

Wide receivers Travis Benjamin (knee) and Nate Burleson (hamstring), free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee), defensive end Billy Winn (abdomen) and Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) have been ruled out, too.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 7, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Thursday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.

On if he offered Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James a contract as he watched practice from the sideline: “No, but I do know I’m going to be Father of the Year. I got my daughter a picture with LeBron. She could care less about a picture with me.”

On how he said that GM Ray Farmer is going to bring in a lot of players but bringing James is a little extreme: “He had reached out. We knew he had been out of town for a while and when he got back he was going to come out to practice. It was something that we had been looking forward to.”

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Browns coach doesn't expect Johnny Manziel to get any reps with starters in preseason opener

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 7, 2014

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel practiced with the first-team offense twice this week, but the team doesn't plan to give him any snaps with the starters Saturday night in its preseason opener on the road against the Detroit Lions.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer is set to exclusively work with the first unit against the Lions. Hoyer was with the starters Thursday and has taken all of the first-team, 11-on-11 reps during training camp, except for when Manziel received the reigns Monday and Wednesday.

Coach Mike Pettine has said it's "possible" Manziel could start the second preseason game Aug. 18 on the road against the Washington Redskins. But Manziel won't run with the starters in live game action any sooner.      

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LeBron James makes appearance at Cleveland Browns training camp

By Dan Kadar Published: August 7, 2014

The Cleveland Browns had some special guests at training camp today in Berea. Stopping by practice was Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce.

#Browns cut practice early for the day & the King makes his exit pic.twitter.com/TXM9AlDc3s

 

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 6, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Wednesday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.

On which quarterback will be starting: “We’re going to start Brian (Hoyer).”

On if tomorrow is going to be more of an installation day for the game: “It is and we’ll scale back some of tomorrow’s practice, too. We’ve been going a bunch of days in a row, a bunch of days in pads. We’ll still be in pads, but we’ll trim it down some.”

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Brian Hoyer named Browns' starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel for Saturday's preseason opener

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 6, 2014

Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start over rookie Johnny Manziel when the Browns visit the Detroit Lions on Saturday night for the preseason opener.

Coach Mike Pettine made the announcement Wednesday after practice.

"It was his job," Pettine said of Hoyer. "He was the one coming into [training camp]. We did want to mix the groups up as we did, but he's done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he'll be out there with the starters."

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Browns sign four players: TEs Kyle Auffray and Martell Webb, LB Keith Pough, WR Tim Smith

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 5, 2014

The Browns waived defensive back Darwin Cook and signed tight ends Kyle Auffray and Martell Webb, linebacker Keith Pough and wide receiver Tim Smith, the team announced Tuesday.

Below is a news release from the Browns.

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday signed TE Kyle Auffray, LB Keith Pough, WR Tim Smith and TE Martell Webb. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.

Auffray is 6-4, 250 pounds and officially in his first NFL season out of New Hampshire. Originally signed by Arizona as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Auffray spent a portion of the 2013 offseason with the Cardinals and a portion of the 2014 offseason with the Patriots. He began his college career as a quarterback at Mississippi State before transferring to New Hampshire where he started at tight end and punter. A native of Cornwall, N.Y., Auffray graduated from Cornwall High School.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 5, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.

On deciding to mix reps with the quarterbacks today: “Correct. All part of the plan.”

On the offense having a good day: “They did. I thought there was some good competition out there. I was glad that the guys responded the way they did. I think this is a stretch of camp where you’re tired of going against each other, everybody is sore and everybody has something going on. We’ve been urging our guys to go through it, to press on. We have to get better. We can’t come out and just put days in and coast and just start looking forward to the preseason games. I thought our staff did a good job of getting the guys going, and the players responded. We felt we had a good day.”

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Browns unveil first depth chart of 2014: Brian Hoyer listed as No. 1 QB

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 5, 2014
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The Browns released their first depth chart of the year Tuesday. The team will visit the Detroit Lions in the first preseason game Saturday night.

A link to a PDF of the depth chart is below.

Browns depth chart

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 2, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Saturday after the team's Family Day scrimmage the University of Akron. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On an injury update: “We held (TE) Jordan Cameron out, just he banged his shoulder. He should be fine. It was more precautionary than anything else. (DB Tashaun) Gipson did not go today, but we’re expecting him back hopefully by midweek. It was relatively minor.”

On not getting into the end zone and his overall thoughts on the scrimmage: “We competed. That’s the one thing the offense has to learn. We’ve got to convert when we get in the red zone. The field gets tight there. The defense can take some chances, and they did. That’s something that we’re going to get a lot of work on here. That’s a four-point swing. You can’t be in the business of just settling for three. That’s something that we’ll probably put an added emphasis on and get some more work. We’ve really only had one day of it so I wasn’t really expecting red zone work to be super sharp to begin with. We just put it in and installed it yesterday. Other than that, we got a good rack of plays to watch. There will be a lot of good coaching moments. Our guys competed and took care of each other. Hopefully, we’ll be better coming out of it.”

On his early impressions of QBs Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel in the scrimmage: “That’s hard for me to do. I don’t want to get in the habit of trying to evaluate them coming right off the field. I think it was pretty clear they both did some really good things and they both did some things they would want to take back. I think some of the completion percentages might be affected by they were forced to throw the ball away, as well.”

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about the Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 4, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday after practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On if today was a scheduled day for QB Johnny Manziel to take reps with the first-team offense: “Yes, it’s just all part of the plan that we’ve had. It’ll go back and forth.”

On how Manziel did today: “I said this a couple other days:  I don’t want to evaluate guys coming right off the field. Until I talk to the offensive coaches, see the tape, I’ll have a better feel then.”

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Jason Pinkston's career with Browns comes to end as he deals with blood clots again

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 4, 2014

Guard Jason Pinkston reached a settlement with the Browns on Monday and was waived as he battles blood clots in his lungs again.

"Thank you everyone for all the thoughts and prayers," Pinkston wrote on Twitter. "Cleveland, it's been a honor to be apart of the city! The best fans in the world. # GoBrowns"

The team announced the move. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported it would happen because of Pinkston’s latest bout with blood clots.

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Browns QB derby heats up: Manziel practices with starters Monday, but Hoyer likely to start Saturday

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 4, 2014

It finally looks like the Browns have a real quarterback competition.

Rookie Johnny Manziel practiced with the starting offense Monday for the first time since the Browns drafted him 22nd overall on May 8. Manziel was exclusively with the first-team offense, and veteran Brian Hoyer spent the entire practice with the second unit.

But coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer will likely start Saturday night in the preseason opener at Detroit.

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Browns rookie Johnny Manziel works exclusively with starters Monday

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 4, 2014

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel took reps with the first-team offense Monday for the first time since the franchise drafted him 22nd overall on May 8.

Meanwhile, veteran Brian Hoyer worked with the second unit. Hoyer had been with the starters all offseason until Monday.

Manziel worked exclusively with the starters, and Hoyer was with the second-team offense.

Manziel completed 6-of-17 passes with one interception in team drills, according to the Beacon Journal's unofficial account. Two of Manziel's passes were dropped by his targets and another two were broken up by defenders.

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon returns to practice Monday; appeal hearing at noon

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 4, 2014
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#Browns WR Josh Gordon will practice today as his appeal hearing is scheduled to resume at about noon in New York. pic.twitter.com/bBS8qgKDqq

Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to practice Monday morning at the team's headquarters in Berea.

Meanwhile, his appeal hearing was scheduled to resume at about noon Monday in New York, a league source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. No resolution is expected Monday.

Gordon left practice early Monday to participate in the appeal hearing via phone.

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Browns claim offensive lineman Michael Bowie off waivers from Seahawks

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 3, 2014

The Browns were awarded offensive lineman Michael Bowie off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Sunday.

The Seahawks waived/injured Bowie on Saturday. He needs shoulder surgery, and his expected recovery time is four to six months, the Seattle Times reported, citing information from the Seahawks.

General Manager Ray Farmer will likely stash Bowie on injured reserve and give him a shot to make a comeback with the Browns in 2015.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Bowie started eight of the nine regular-season games in which he appeared with the Seahawks last season. He started seven games at right tackle and one at right guard. He also started at left guard in the team’s 23-15 divisional-round win over the New Orleans Saints, but was inactive for the final two games, including the Seahawks' victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Five final thoughts on the Cleveland Browns Family Day at InfoCision Stadium

By Dan Kadar Published: August 2, 2014
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Here are some final thoughts from the Cleveland Browns Family Day scrimmage that took place at the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium on Saturday.

1. If the University of Akron wanted to use the Browns Family Day as a rehearsal to host the team's training camp, things went fairly well. The flow of people was smooth, from parking to waiting in line to get in the stadium. The scrimmage started at 11:13 a.m. instead of the advertised 11:30 a.m. so the team could avoid the weather. With the early start, the crowd of 20,673 filed in quickly.

The biggest drawback for UA hosting Browns training camp is a lack of natural grass playing fields. InfoCision Stadium uses artificial turf, as does one of the practice fields on campus. The only natural grass area the team could practice on is FirstEnergy Stadium, the school's soccer field. If UA wants to increase its chances of hosting the Browns, another field may have to be built.

2. By the looks of the crowd, more people were wearing Manziel merchandise than any other player. Considering Manziel has the highest-selling jersey in the NFL, that shouldn't be a surprise. Watching him on the field, it's easy to see why Manziel is so popular. When a play broke down -- and they often did with Manziel behind the second team offensive line -- the rookie quarterback effortlessly pulled the ball down for a run. Against live competition in a preseason or regular season game, Manziel may not have that option.

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Video: Miles Austin talks after Browns Family Day

By Dan Kadar Published: August 2, 2014

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Miles Austin talks to the media after Family day at the University of Akron on Saturday.

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Video: Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine talks after Family Day

By Dan Kadar Published: August 2, 2014

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine speaks to the media following Family Day at the University of Akron on Saturday.

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Video: Cleveland Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo talks after Family Day

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 2, 2014

Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo speaks to reporters after the Family Day scrimmage at the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium.

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Video: Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel talks after Browns Family Day

By Dan Kadar Published: August 2, 2014

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks to the media following the team's scrimmage at the University of Akron on Saturday.

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Video: Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer after Family Day

By Dan Kadar Published: August 2, 2014

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer speaks to the media after the team's scrimmage at the University of Akron on Saturday.

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Browns Family Day blog: Highlights from the team’s scrimmage at the University of Akron

By Dan Kadar Published: August 2, 2014
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(Refresh your browser for the latest highlights from Browns Family Day at InfoCision Stadium)

The Browns scrimmage at the University of Akron started early at 11:13. The first play of the scrimmage was a play face and a “sack” against Hoyer by safety Donte Whitner. On the second play, Hoyer threw an 11-yard out pass to wide receiver Miles Austin.

Austin has been a popular target for Hoyer. He just caught a 19-yard pass up the middle.

Rookie Isaiah Crowell is in the game at running back against the second team defense. He's had two consecutive short carries. Hoyer missed on a pass to tight end Jordan Cameron, forcing a punt. The second team offense takes the field with 9:50 left in the first quarter.

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Browns QB Johnny Manziel won't receive first-team reps at scrimmage in Akron, ESPN reports

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 2, 2014

Apparently Browns coach Mike Pettine won't get caught up in trying to play to the crowd Saturday during the team's Family Day scrimmage at the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium.

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will continue to work exclusively with the second-team offense and won't receive any first-team reps, ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported Saturday. Veteran Brian Hoyer will continue to take all of the snaps with the starters.

It took just about 10 hours for the Browns to give away more than 25,000 free tickets to the scrimmage via online registration.

Manziel's competition with Hoyer for the starting quarterback job -- and "Manzielmania" in general -- were certainly major reasons tickets went so quickly.

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Browns receiver Josh Gordon doesn't rejoin team in time for Family Day scrimmage in Akron

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 2, 2014

Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon won't participate in the team's Family Day scrimmage Saturday at the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium.

Gordon spent Friday at his appeal hearing in New York and did not rejoin the team in time to attend Saturday's scrimmage. The hearing started Friday morning, ran until 7 p.m. and will resume Monday afternoon, a source familiar with the situation confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

The 23-year-old Gordon is facing a potential ban from the NFL of at least a year because he failed a marijuana test this offseason and is a repeat offender of the league’s substance-abuse policy, ESPN reported. His defense team, led by attorney Maurice Suh, reportedly planned to argue the Pro Bowler barely tested above the league's threshold for marijuana because he was a victim of second-hand smoke.

This is the third practice of training camp Gordon has missed while dealing with the appeals process.

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MRI reveals Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson suffered sprained knee, source says

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 2, 2014

An MRI revealed Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson suffered a sprained left knee during practice Friday, a person familiar with the situation told the Beacon Journal on Saturday morning.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to publicly discuss the nature of the injury, believes the team never feared Gipson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"It was more of a precautionary MRI," the person said.

Gipson will miss some time, but exactly how much is not clear. He obviously won't participate Saturday in the team's Family Day scrimmage at the University of Akron's InfoCision Stadium. The practice is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

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Here's what coach Mike Pettine is saying about Browns today

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 1, 2014

Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters today after practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.

On if there are any updates on DB Tashaun Gipson: “No, he’s being evaluated. (Head athletic trainer) Joe (Sheehan) just grabbed me off the field. They took him in. He’s being evaluated.”

On if WR Josh Gordon will join them for the scrimmage tomorrow if no decision on his appeal has been made by then: “I’m not sure of his exact itinerary there – who all he’s meeting with, when he’s coming back, the travel plans, all that stuff. At this point, I’ll probably get updated on it later on tonight.”

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