The Browns trailed the Baltimore Ravens 10-7 at halftime Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Ravens took a 3-0 lead when Justin Tucker capped the opening drive with a 38-yard field goal with 9:11 left in the first quarter. The 12-play, 55-yard drive stalled when quarterback Joe Flacco's pass on third-and-11 from the Browns' 20 fell incomplete in the end zone as cornerback Joe Haden covered the intended receiver, Steve Smith.
The Browns fired back during their first possession with an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive capped with 3:15 left in the first quarter by rookie running back Terrance West's 1-yard plunge into the end zone.To read more or comment...
Injury report for Browns vs. Ravens (Week 3)
Out: Running back Ben Tate (knee). Questionable: Tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder). Probable: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin (knee), defensive ends Desmond Bryant (wrist) and John Hughes (hamstring), punter Spencer Lanning (shoulder), offensive lineman Paul McQuistan (ankle) and cornerback Buster Skrine (thumb).
Doubtful: Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee). Questionable: Running back Bernard Pierce (thigh). Probable: Quarterback Joe Flacco (illness), cornerback Asa Jackson (concussion), offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (knee) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (back).To 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 the chance of rain on Sunday: “It’s looking like it. The last report I got (indicates) it will rain early. (It will) hopefully blow on through by kickoff, but you never know. We do know there should be a decent amount of wind, but we’ll see. Like we said before, our theory of all-weather could potentially get tested.”
On what is more difficult – throwing a wet ball or catching a wet ball: “I just saw (QB Brian) Hoyer almost get his nose broken. I think both are tough. I think it’s something that you have to work on. It’s important for the quarterback; they have to adjust their grip a little bit. It’s something that I’m sure over time here we’re going to have to deal with.”To read more or comment...
Browns All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon has officially been reinstated into the NFL, and his season-long ban stemming from a positive marijuana test in the offseason has been reduced to a 10-game suspension under a revamped substance-abuse policy.
The NFL and NFL Players Association reached an agreement on a revised policy Friday.
Gordon has already served two-tenths of his suspension by missing the first two games of the season, so he must sit out the Browns' next eight games, including their matchup Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. He will be eligible to play again Nov. 23 when the Browns visit the Atlanta Falcons.
Gordon is now allowed to work out and attend meetings at the Browns' headquarters. He won't be allowed to practice until the week leading up to his first game back. The season-long ban permitted him to meet with his clinician at the team's facility, but it prohibited from working out and attending meetings.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Thursday before practice. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “Just before we start I want to give a shout-out to Ma’ake Kemoeatu. I was in Baltimore when we signed him as an undrafted free agent, got to know him very well. He’s very tight with (defensive line coach) Anthony Weaver. ‘Weave’ was like a mentor, big brother to him. He went from a guy that just…undrafted guy, nobody thought he had a chance and turned into a heck of a player, went on to have a pretty good career. The recent news, very touching, just donated a kidney to his brother. It was ironic that on draft day we were on the phone with his brother Chris to sign him after the draft as a defensive lineman, and he said, ‘Wait, I have another phone call.’ It was the Steelers, they had drafted him in – I think it was – the sixth or seventh round. Today’s climate, most recent climate of the NFL is starved for some positive news, and this is certainly a piece that I think deserves a lot of attention.”
On if he was encouraged by what TE Jordan Cameron was able to do yesterday at practice: “Yeah, cautiously optimistic. He was able to move around. We weren’t in pads. Today will be a better test, just a little bit of contact to see how he responds.”
On why Baltimore is the toughest challenge that the Browns will have faced to date: “Just because of what we’ve seen on tape. When you put on what they did to Pittsburgh on that Thursday night game. That was a dominant performance in all phases. The film doesn’t lie. It was easy to say that about Pittsburgh when it was the opener, but Baltimore’s obviously looking to get back from where they were from the Super Bowl. They took a step backwards last year, but you just look at since 2008 – since (Ravens Head Coach) John (Harbaugh) took over – you could argue that I don’t know if there’s a franchise that’s had more success, multiple AFC Championship games, Super-Bowl win. The success, it speaks for itself. Obviously, they’re trying to get back to that. It didn’t show up Week 1, but certainly did last week.”To read more or comment...