Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the team announced. Manziel suffered a left hamstring injury Sunday in a 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Below is a news release from the Browns outlining the roster moves they made.
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday signed LS Charley Hughlett to the active roster from Kansas City’s practice squad and activated DL John Hughes (knee) from injured reserve-designated for return. To make room on the roster, the club placed DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (leg) and QB Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Tuesday before practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
Opening statement: “We’re back in the division this week against a very tough Ravens team. It’s been a long time – it seems like a lifetime – since we played them in Week 3, which was obviously a very tightly contested game. It came right down to the very end. Needless to say, a lot has changed for both teams in the meantime. They’re coming off a very difficult loss against the Texans. They had been playing very well and took a step backwards, but (Ravens Head Coach) John Harbaugh has always done an outstanding job of keeping them focused despite any distractions that there might be. (Ravens RB) Justin Forsett has really emerged as a go-to back this year. He’s been impressive. (Ravens WR) Steve Smith (Sr.) is still obviously playing at a very high level. I know (Ravens QB Joe) Flacco had a regrettable performance last week. Other than that, he’s been pretty solid. Defensively, they’re very consistent, very strong up front. I know they’ve had some injury issues in the secondary, but they protect those guys very well (with) the way they rush the passer. That group of four outside backers is as good and as deep as any in the league – (Ravens OLBs Terrell) Suggs, (Pernell) McPhee, (Courtney) Upshaw, (Elvis) Dumervil, and they obviously have the sack production to back that up.
“Again, this will be a typical AFC North game – very physical. Obviously (it’s) our last opportunity to accomplish a goal. We’re still trying to stay in the moment and understand that this game is meaningful for a lot of reasons and for different reasons for some guys. There are some young guys we’ve seen the last couple of weeks get an opportunity to play. We don’t know where we are yet at the quarterback spot given Brian (Hoyer’s) health. We’ll have (QB) Connor (Shaw) up, and then we added (QB) Tyler (Thigpen). I just reminded the guys todays that these opportunities are few and far between and we need to cherish every one of them. It’ll be over 250 days before we set foot on the field again in a regular season game. We have plenty of time off. It’s sooner than we wanted it to be, but we have plenty of time off coming up. We have to avoid the danger of looking past that. This is still a significant game for us, and we obviously know it’s very significant for them given their playoff status. I’ll go ahead and open it up.”
On if Hoyer is sitting out from practice today: “Yeah, he’ll rest today.”To read more or comment...
Third-string quarterback Connor Shaw is taking all of the first-team snaps in practice Tuesday as the Browns (7-8) prepare for their season finale Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (9-6), coach Mike Pettine said.
Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, who's dealing with an injured right shoulder, did not practice Tuesday. He rode a stationary bike alongside rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, whom Pettine ruled out for the finale on Monday.
Shaw, an undrafted rookie, would make his first NFL start if Hoyer can't bounce back.
"We don't know where we are yet at the quarterback spot, given Brian's health," Pettine said.To read more or comment...
Updated at 12:05 p.m.
The Browns have re-signed veteran quarterback Tyler Thigpen, a league source confirmed Tuesday morning for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move.
The Browns later announced the move. They waived rookie fullback Ray Agnew to make room on the roster for Thigpen.
With rookie Johnny Manziel ruled out of the season finale Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (9-6) because of an injured left hamstring and Brian Hoyer dealing with an injured throwing shoulder, the Browns (7-8) are thin at quarterback.To read more or comment...
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.
Click the link for our game story: Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel makes pitch for himself as ‘the guy’ after leaving fourth consecutive loss with injury
Marla Ridenour's column: Browns should stick with coach Mike Pettine, focus on quarterback quandaryTo read more or comment...
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...