Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice Wednesday with a bruised rotator cuff he suffered Sunday in the second quarter of a 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Haden worked out on a stationary bike during the 20-minute portion of practice open to the media.
His status for Sunday's game between the Browns (7-7) and Carolina Panthers (5-8-1) at Bank of America Stadium will be determined later this week.
"Joe, we'll know late in the week," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "He truly is day-to-day."To read more or comment...
BEREA: While saying that he had a lot of respect for former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, coach Mike Pettine said that his remarks stating his beliefs on why the team doesn’t win, may have been “a little dramatic.”
“The issue is systemically from a culture in Berea,” Kosar said Monday during an interview on the Mike Trivisonno Show on WTAM (1100-AM). “They’ve got to get it together because I don’t know of anyone who can be consistently successful within this culture, within this organization right now.”
Kosar took the Browns front office to task during the interview for not showing patience with quarterbacks and coaches.
“I know I've talked about that before. Sometimes guys will make comments that are a little bit over the top,” Pettine said when asked about Kosar’s remarks.To read more or comment...
The Browns claimed backup offensive tackle and cancer survivor Andrew McDonald off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts, the team announced Tuesday.
The Browns waived backup inside linebacker Zac Diles to make room for McDonald, whom the Colts cut Monday.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound McDonald, 26, appeared in two games this season with the Seattle Seahawks. It was the first regular-season action of his NFL career.
According to the Colts' website, McDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer in May while participating in the Carolina Panthers’ offseason program. The mass was surgically removed the day after doctors discovered it.
"It was obviously surprising," McDonald said in June, according to ESPN.com. "I just kind of made up my mind not to get down, not to let it affect me, as much as I could.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “As with every loss, we carry disappointment into the next day, and even more so with this one just because of the magnitude, the circumstances. We just had a great opportunity yesterday to come out in our last home game and leave our fans with a very positive feeling. Ultimately, last chance to play in front of the Dawg Pound, and we fell way short. That doesn’t sit well with anyone. After watching the tape, it’s still difficult to understand why our performance was what it was. I talked about that edge, that ‘it’ factor that you have to have in order to be successful. It wasn’t there, and the atmosphere was intense. I thought our fans were as they always have been. They were jacked up ready to go. As I said, we control the volume, and we found a way yesterday to turn the volume down to zero. These last two games we still have a lot to accomplish. It’s been a theme for the last month but as coaches, we’re still tasked with getting our offense to play better. We made the decision to go with (QB) Johnny (Manziel). He’ll be a big part of that, but it’s not all on him after watching the tape. We need to be much more consistent on defense and on special teams. Took a step backwards yesterday in our run defense. To me, moving forward, again, I talked about people will say that these games aren’t meaningful. They’re certainly meaningful to us, this one in particular. Like I said, we still have a lot to accomplish. We look forward to having a great week of prep and go down to Carolina and get this bad taste out of our mouth.”
On if the type of performance Manziel had yesterday was part of his hesitation in making Manziel the starter earlier in the season: “What I’ve said all along is that we felt each week leading up to this week that (QB) Brian (Hoyer) gave us the best chance, but part of the evaluation is the great unknown with playing a rookie and knowing that there are going to be rookie mistakes made. I think that just was always built into that discussion.”
On why he thinks Manziel gives the Browns the best chance to win in the last two weeks of the season: “That we know we’ll get better. A big part of it too is, as we’ve said all along, we have to play better around him. The unfortunate thing of yesterday, we had some guys that played well, but the mistakes they made were at critical times. We had guys that graded out high and maybe made three or four mistakes. Well, those mistakes were on a third down. They were on a goal line play. They were in the red zone. They were on a critical, like I said, a critical third down or a critical point in the game. That’s unfortunate because hidden within yesterday were some pretty good performances. Johnny showed some flashes of what he’s capable of, and we had some chances to turn those plays into some real positive ones. The one that ‘Hawk’ (WR Andrew Hawkins) got hit on and ultimately dropped it on the third down. (TE) Jim Dray mistimed a jump a little bit. I thought those were both plays where he showed his escape ability and made a good throw. It’s just across the board. We have to find a way. We’ve lost something, and we need to take this week and find it.”To read more or comment...
The Browns (7-6) are facing the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1) Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel had a horrendous first half in his first NFL start, and the Browns trailed the Bengals 20-0 at halftime.
Manziel completed 4-of-9 passes for 22 yards with two interceptions. He posted a passer rating of 12.0. Manziel had a third interception negated by a neutral-zone infraction.To read more or comment...