Travis Coons, a University of Washington product signed by the Browns on Dec. 30, has apparently won the kicking job over Carey Spear.
Spear, a Vanderbilt graduate, was born in Mayfield Heights, Ohio and grew up in Highland Heights, Ohio. He was among those not at practice as the Browns made cuts to reach the roster limit of 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Coons went 1 for 1 on field goals, hitting a 41-yarder, and 3 for 3 on PATs through the first three preseason games. Spear was 2 of 2 on field goals, connecting from 47 and 36 yards, and 4 for 4 on extra points.
Browns coach Mike Pettine will address the media after the cut deadline.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Browns are in the midst of roster cut downs. This week Nate Ulrich takes a look why cuts will be harder for the Browns this season, with the release of veteran defensive tackle Ishmaa'iy Kitchen being evidence. What could that mean for fellow defensive linemen Billy Winn or Jamie Meder? We also take a look at the secondary where rookie Charles Gaines may have played himself a spot on the 53-man roster.
We close this week's show breaking down potential moves to made on the offense, among them the seventh offensive lineman, the quarterback situation if the team could be monitoring moves other teams make at running back.To read more or comment...
The Browns placed third-string quarterback Connor Shaw (right thumb) and backup offensive right tackle Michael Bowie (shoulder) on season-ending injured reserve.
The team also put rookie cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), rookie tight end Randall Telfer (foot) and backup running back Glenn Winston (knee) on the reserve/non-football injury list.
The moves were made Tuesday because all NFL teams must trim their rosters to 75 players before 4 p.m. The Browns reduced their roster to 79 players with the aforementioned transactions. A league source said the organization has also cut third-string nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.
Ekpre-Olomu, a seventh-round draft pick, Telfer, a sixth-round selection, and Winston will be eligible to return to practice anytime between Weeks 6-11. Once a player returns to practice from the reserve/non-football injury list, he must be activated within three weeks or he will remain on the list for the rest of the season.To read more or comment...
The Browns have released nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, a Kent State University product and Youngstown native who spent the past three seasons with the team.
A source familiar with the situation confirmed the move Tuesday morning, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce it.
The Browns' decision to cut Kitchen is notable because he appeared in 40 games for them, but it shouldn't come as a surprise.
Kitchen, 27, is listed on the depth chart as the third-string nose tackle behind Phil Taylor and rookie Danny Shelton, the 12th overall draft pick. So it was rather obvious Kitchen would likely become a victim of the numbers game.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday after practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On if the Browns need to bring in another RB: “For the immediate future for this week, we are not. We will wait and see. (RB) Duke (Johnson Jr.) was obviously out today. We should get word [on his status]. We will wait and see where we are with it.”
On if he has an idea of the severity of RB Duke Johnson Jr.’s concussion: “No.”
On if RB Shaun Draughn is progressing from his hand injury and if he can now handle the ball: “He is. He handled it some today. The further he gets along, the more they can remove from the cast. He will get to the point where he will just have a protective covering on it and not a cast. There is a chance, even Thursday night, that he will handle the ball some.”To read more or comment...
Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo isn’t sulking about string of injuries he’s endured early in his career
Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice Monday after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on a torn meniscus Aug. 6.
Mingo participated in individual drills during the half-hour period of practice open to the media.
The sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft missed most of training camp and the first three preseason games because of the injury. He's not expected to play in the preseason finale Thursday night at Chicago.To read more or comment...
On Monday, the Browns cut undrafted rookie wide receiver Shane Wynn, undrafted rookie tight end Anthony Ezeakunne, linebackers Everette Brown and Moise Fokou, running back Jalen Parmele and cornerback Aaron Ross.
Wynn and Ezeakunne were waived. Brown, Fokou, Parmele and Ross had their contracts terminated.
All NFL teams must trim their rosters from 90 to 75 players before 4 p.m. Tuesday, then from 75 to 53 players before 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Browns have 84 players on their roster after severing ties with the aforementioned six players.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine spoke to reporters Sunday during a conference call. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On RB Duke Johnson Jr.’s status: “No update there. He will be in the league’s concussion protocol. We will know more as the week goes along.”
On if yesterday’s game went as well as the Browns could have hoped, excluding injuries: “Yeah, there were a lot of positives. A lot more positives than negatives. The negatives were still there. The injury stuff, like you said, is a little concerning. Overall, we accomplished what we wanted to. We went down there and came out of it a better football team. We put a lot of good things on tape. There are also a lot of situations that came up that are good teachable moments.”
On if he feels good about personnel at RB: “Yeah, getting (RB) Shaun (Draughn) back certainly helps. He did take some special teams reps last night. We will wait and see how long Duke is potentially out. We have a whole series of meetings this afternoon. We will start with the (defense) first and then we will get to the offense, and the running back will likely be one of the first topics discussed.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine held a conference call with reporters Sunday afternoon. Below are some quick highlights.
*Pettine said he had no update on rookie running back Duke Johnson, who suffered a concussion Saturday in his preseason debut, a 31-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson had been sidelined for most of training camp and the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury. He’s in the league’s concussion protocol.
“Football is about availability,” Pettine said. “[We’re] hopeful about his potential. [But it’s] discouraging not to have him out there.”
Pettine said he’s seen what Johnson “can do in practice” and that he is optimistic he can play well in games too.To read more or comment...