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Browns' Terrelle Pyor, Nate Orchard to sit out with injuries in third preseason game Saturday night

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 29, 2015

Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and rookie outside linebacker Nate Orchard won't play for the Browns when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.

Pryor is a scratch because of the hamstring injury he's been dealing with throughout training camp. He practiced Wednesday and Thursday, but described his situation as "iffy."

So Pryor will have one last chance to get on the field this preseason and show he deserves a roster spot. The Browns will visit the Chicago Bears on Thursday night for the exhibition finale.

Orchard, a second-round pick in this year's draft, is out with an injured back, a team spokesman said. Orchard missed practice Sunday for a personal reason, but he returned the next day and practiced the rest of the week.

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Here's what Browns coach Mike Pettine is saying after practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 27, 2015

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

On if there is an update on QB Johnny Manziel: “No, nothing is different from yesterday. Made the move and brought (QB) Pat Devlin in. We don’t anticipate him playing Saturday. Would be more of an emergency role and then look for him to play some of the game next week.”

On if Manziel is out for Saturday’s game: “Yes.”

On if WR Terrelle Pryor made it through practice: “He did. We will want to see how he will respond to it. He took a good volume. We just want to see how he responded. I will get that update from (head athletic trainer) Joe (Sheehan) in a little bit.”

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Browns coach Mike Pettine says Johnny Manziel likely out for rest of preseason

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 27, 2015

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns coach Mike Pettine rules out quarterback Johnny Manziel for Saturday, speaks as if he’s done for rest of preseason

Browns coach Mike Pettine said quarterback Johnny Manziel will definitely be sidelined Saturday night in the third exhibition game at Tampa Bay, and he'll also likely sit out the preseason finale at Chicago because of his sore right elbow.

"Given the short week and not wanting to put him out there against Chicago, I could see he'll just be down for the next two [preseason games]," Pettine said Thursday after practice.

Pettine also essentially named projected starting quarterback Josh McCown the starter for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the New York Jets. Pettine has called McCown "firmly" the No. 1 quarterback throughout the summer.

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Browns D-lineman Phil Taylor sits out, QB Johnny Manziel continues to rest throwing arm

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 27, 2015

Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor sat out and quarterback Johnny Manziel continued to rest his throwing arm Thursday during the half-hour period of practice open to the media.

Taylor was sidelined for the first two preseason games and limited throughout training camp as he attempts to bounce back after undergoing two surgeries last year on his right knee.

It's not known why Taylor didn't participate in the open period Thursday. He rode a stationary bike and worked out on the side along with cornerbacks K'Waun Williams (abdominal), Justin Gilbert (hip flexor) and Robert Nelson (hamstring), offensive tackle Michael Bowie (shoulder) and nose tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (groin).

Manziel has been resting his right arm since Sunday because of elbow soreness. The Browns signed journeyman quarterback Pat Devlin on Thursday morning to provide depth at the position while Manziel is shut down. Devlin practiced Thursday.

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Former Browns CEO Joe Banner joins ESPN

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 27, 2015

Former Browns CEO Joe Banner has joined ESPN as an NFL front-office insider, the network announced Thursday.

Below is an ESPN news release about the hire.

 Former Eagles, Browns Exec Joe Banner to Debut Sept. 3

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Browns sign quarterback Pat Devlin, waive backup center Ryan Seymour

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 27, 2015

The Browns signed journeyman quarterback Pat Devlin and waived backup center Ryan Seymour on Thursday.

Devlin will provide depth at quarterback while backup Johnny Manziel rests his sore right elbow.

On Wednesday afternoon, coach Mike Pettine said Manziel will likely sit out the third preseason game Saturday night at Tampa Bay, leaving projected starter Josh McCown and third-stringer Thad Lewis to handle the quarterback duties against the Buccaneers.

Pettine said the Browns probably wouldn't summon a new quarterback for action in Tampa if they were to sign one this week, but he would be more likely to play in the exhibition finale Sept. 3 at Chicago. In other words, Devlin probably won't play until the last preseason game against the Bears.

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