Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns might be forced to start their third quarterback of the year in the season finale Sunday on the road against the Baltimore Ravens because rookie Johnny Manziel has been ruled out with a left hamstring injury and veteran Brian Hoyer is dealing with an injured throwing shoulder.
Rookie Connor Shaw would become the 22nd starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999 if Hoyer is unavailable. Shaw has spent the entire season on the practice squad after signing with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in May.
"Connor Shaw will get a good number of reps with the starters," Pettine said.
The Browns are also "exploring some other options to bring in at quarterback," Pettine explained. A logical choice would be veteran Rex Grossman, who spent training camp with the Browns and has five seasons of experience in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system.To read more or comment...
The Browns fell to the Carolina Panthers 17-13 on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.
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Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday after practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
On if he’s encouraged that he might have DB Joe Haden in on Sunday: “Yeah, we’ll see. It truly will come down...I mean, there’s still a good amount of time for it to quiet down for him, so we’ll see how he feels on Sunday.”
On if he banged his shoulder on the near interception: “Yes.”
On if it’s a pain thing: “I’m not sure. (Head athletic trainer) Joe Sheehan gave me the complicated medical term for it. We’ll just have to see how it is. I know it was something that really bothered him as the game went on. That’s why we had to take him out. It’s improved since, but it’s a time thing. We just don’t know if, by the time Sunday comes along, it’s been enough time.”To read more or comment...
Out: Free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (hamstring). Questionable: Tight end Gary Barnidge (rib), inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee), cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder), wide receiver Marlon Moore (knee), cornerback Robert Nelson (hamstring) and outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot). Probable: Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (illness).
Questionable: Cornerback Carrington Byndom (hamstring), linebacker A.J. Klein (ankle), guard Amini Silatoli (knee) and running back DeAngelo Williams (hand). Probable: Linebacker Thomas Davis (knee), safety Roman Harper (thigh) and quarterback Cam Newton (back).To read more or comment...
MADISON, Wis.: Wisconsin officials have accused Browns lineman Joe Thomas of multiple environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison.
The state Department of Natural Resources sent the former Wisconsin Badgers standout a letter Wednesday accusing him of doing work on the land without permits, including building bridges and dams and dredging a pond.
The letter also accused Thomas of tearing down a barn without notice of intent as well as discharging manure into a wetland.
The agency wants to meet with Thomas on Jan. 6 to discuss the violations. He could face $10,000 in fines for every day in violation.
DNR spokesman Bob Manwell declined to comment on the violations.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Thursday after practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On OL Joe Thomas winning the local PFWA Player of the Year Award and what has impressed about Thomas in his first season with him: “From an NFL player standpoint and beyond that,he’s just the total package, very professional, high character. Sometimes you have superstar players that are top of their game that there’s a sense of entitlement or they don’t practice as hard. He’s the exact opposite of that. We give him a day off, but it’s like we’re protecting him from himself. He’d want to go. To me, you know you’ve got a special guy when one of your best players is also one of your best examples and your best worker. It’s not a surprise to me that you guys saw that too.”
On some examples of guys who’ve played like a Brown and played up to what he had hoped this year: “(WR Andrew) Hawkins is another guy that we have to pull him out at times because he just works so hard. Joe, already mentioned. (OL Joel) Bitonio is a guy that we’ve been very impressed with. Again, if you spend some time around us and don’t have a roster and don’t know who was who you’d never think this was his first year in the NFL, also not coming from a huge program, too. He’s been great for us. (OL John) Greco is another guy I’d put in that category. (TE) Jim Dray just goes out and never says a…You’d think he’s on a budget for words on the year. He says nothing, and all he does is go out and do everything we ask and then some. ‘Kitch’ (DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen) on defense is a guy, great work ethic, just wants to get better, has shown improvement through the year. Another obvious one is (LB) Craig Robertson. We already talked about that when he received the Man of the Year Award. His level of play this year, a guy that’s bought into what we’re doing and very coachable. You could see the difference – again, I didn’t study him too much from last year’s tape – but you could see just a big improvement in his approach to the game, how hard he works. It’s a lot of guys. (DB) Joe Haden’s been good for us. (DB) Pierre Desir’s a good example. I talked about just kind of given a set of circumstances where it was, ‘Hey, you’re given a redshirt.’ Then all he’s done is work and found himself on the field and found himself being productive. (DB) Jim Leonhard, don’t let the looks fool you. He’s just a guy that’s a consummate professional on and off the field. There’s a bunch more. I could bore you.”
On how the season so far has been a learning experience for him in his first season as a head coach: “It’s tough for me to really reflect back on that now. We’ve got two left, and I said it the other day, none more important than this one. I don’t want to get in the mode where…It’s not time for reflection yet. I have plenty of time when we’re done to do that. We will do a very detailed, whether it’s self-assessment, self-scout, audit when we’re done and just look back evaluate everything with this program from A to Z. I’ll look at myself and ask for feedback from people, as well, that I’m close to, that I trust on, ‘Hey, what did we do well as a program? What did we not do well?’ That’s all stuff for postseason. We’ll be able to pour through that information when we get it and act on it accordingly, but our primary concern now is Carolina.”To read more or comment...
Elected officials from Columbus visited FirstEnergy Stadium this past Sunday to make a pitch for the city to become the new home of Browns training camp, the Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday.
Two sources at City Hall told the newspaper the group, which included Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council President Andrew J. Ginther and Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady, left the recent meeting with the Browns believing it was “a matter of when, not if” the team announces training camp will relocate from its headquarters in Berea to Columbus.
The group from Columbus offered financial incentives of an undisclosed amount to entice Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, according to the report.
When asked to comment, the Browns said no decision has been made.
"We haven’t made any decisions about the location of Browns training camp in 2015," team spokesman Rob McBurnett said Thursday. "We are still evaluating various options, including our facility in Berea."To read more or comment...
The local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America unanimously selected Browns left offensive tackle Joe Thomas as the PFWA Player of the Year. The writers also voted Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer the PFWA Dino Lucarelli “Good Guy Award” winner.
The results were released Thursday.
The players will be honored at the 35th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet in May at the Tangier restaurant.
Thomas has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven NFL seasons. He has been selected first-team All Pro four times and second-team All Pro twice.To read more or comment...