Browns coach Mike Pettine held a conference call with reporters Tuesday. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
Opening statement: “The feeling of frustration and disappointment is still very much with us today. You try to look at the positives – how hard our guys played, the fight that we showed and that we fell down and were able to fight all the way back and had a chance to win the game at the end. We hadn’t been able to do that in the last couple weeks. Nothing is going to make you feel good about it until to you come out with more points than your opponent, and we haven’t been able to do that for a while. We have put a lot of work in and haven’t had a chance to enjoy a pay day and that is an obvious source of frustration.
“A quick week coming off of Monday night. We have to turn the page quick. Players are back in tomorrow for a normal prep sequence for Cincinnati. The only positive there is that it is our second time playing them – you already have a good sense of who they are and what they are about.
“On the injury front, worst possible scenario for (QB) Josh (McCown). He will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture to his collar bone. It was not displaced so he does not need to have surgery, but it will take more than the rest of the season to get it healed up. That is very unfortunate. Josh means a lot to this team, whether it was in the locker room, practice field or gameday. Just the positive energy that he exuded, the leadership, I just cannot say enough positive things about Josh McCown and what he has done for this football team and what he means to this football team.To read more or comment...
Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns coach Mike Pettine to choose Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel as starting quarterback with Josh McCown out for season
Browns quarterback Josh McCown suffered a season-ending broken collarbone Monday night in a 33-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, coach Mike Pettine announced.
"Worse-possible scenario for Josh," Pettine said Tuesday during a conference call. "He will miss the remainder of the season with a fracture to his collarbone. It was not displaced, so he does not need to have surgery. But it will take more than the rest of the season to get it healed up. That's very unfortunate. Josh means a lot to this team."
Pettine said he was not ready to name a starting quarterback for Sunday when the Browns (2-9) will host the Cincinnati Bengals. He will choose between Austin Davis and Johnny Manziel after holding meetings to discuss the decision with other members of the franchise.To read more or comment...
The Browns found yet another way to lose in heartbreaking fashion Monday night, and the NFL's stance is the officials who worked the nationally televised prime-time game shouldn't be blamed for the improbable finish.
On Tuesday, the league maintained the Baltimore Ravens should not have been penalized on the play resulting in defensive end Brent Urban's blocked field goal and safety Will Hill's game-winning, 64-yard return for a touchdown with no time left in a 33-27 defeat for the Browns.
On a replay posted to Twitter by SBNation.com, Ravens defensive back Anthony Levine appeared to have his right hand offside on the ground before the snap on the blocked field goal. If he was offside, the Ravens should have been penalized 5 yards, and the Browns should have received a chance to kick a 46-yard field goal after the botched 51-yard attempt by Travis Coons.
But obviously no penalty was called.To read more or comment...
Eighty-two days after the Browns gave up on experimenting with Terrelle Pryor as a wide receiver, they're turning to him again.
The Browns will re-sign Pryor on Tuesday, a league source confirmed for the Beacon Journal.
Cleveland.com first reported the news, and CBSSports.com reported the Browns are acquiring Pryor as a receiver, not as a quarterback despite Josh McCown's injured collarbone creating uncertainty at the position.
Pryor tweeted a photograph of his son covered by a Browns blanket with the caption, "Just had my son in this blanket last night..... Glad to be back to Ohio !!"To read more or comment...
On Monday night, the Browns lost again, but this one may sting a little more.
Coming into the week the Browns held the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Despite losing, Cleveland drops to second overall. The 2-9 Browns are now behind the Tennessee Titans because of full season strength of schedule.
When teams have the same record, the first tiebreaker in the draft order is strength of schedule.To read more or comment...
Click the link for an updated version of this story: Ravens 33, Browns 27: Blocked field-goal return for touchdown on final play beats hapless Browns
The Browns fell behind by 14 points but rallied to trim their halftime deficit to 17-13 on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium.
After missing the past two games with injured ribs, Browns quarterback Josh McCown completed 16-of-26 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown without an interception in the first half. His passer rating was 96.5.
Ravens rookie wide receiver Kaelin Clay returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown after the Browns stalled during their first possession. Clay was untouched while bringing back Andy Lee's 61-yard punt, and the score put the Browns in a 7-0 hole with 9:54 left in the first quarter.To read more or comment...
Quarterback Johnny Manziel will be active for Monday night's AFC North game between the Browns (2-8) and the Baltimore Ravens (3-7) beginning at 8:30 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium, but he's buried on the depth chart behind starter Josh McCown and backup Austin Davis.
The 22nd overall pick in last year's draft, Manziel was demoted from starter to third string last week after partying during a recent bye-week break, then failing to tell the Browns the truth when a video capturing a glimpse of the revelry surfaced online.
The No. 3 quarterback is usually inactive for games, but not always. The Browns will have three quarterbacks active on game day for the second time this season and the first time since Oct. 4 at San Diego.
Meanwhile, cornerback Justin Gilbert will start for the first time this season and just the third time since the Browns drafted him eighth overall last year.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday before practice. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On why QB Johnny Manziel was not released, given reports that he lied to coaches about the video that surfaced from the bye week: “I addressed the situation in detail on Wednesday. When I say I’m sorry to disappoint (you), I’m not really, but I’m just not going there today. We have a game to get ready for Monday night. Like I said, I dealt with it Wednesday. Moving forward.”
On reports that Manziel was not honest about his bye week activities: “I already addressed it [Wednesday]. I said trust and accountability was where we had a short fall. Like I said, I have nothing more to add.”
On if Manziel will be inactive on Monday: “Haven’t done the worksheet yet, but that always comes down to projected health, where we are at other positions. Haven’t made that decision yet.”To read more or comment...
Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns coach Mike Pettine won’t deny quarterback Johnny Manziel lied to him about party video
Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't deny he demoted Johnny Manziel from starting quarterback to third on the depth chart earlier this week partly because the 22nd overall pick in last year's draft lied to him.
On Thursday, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Manziel told the Browns the party video that surfaced online Monday showing him holding a large bottle while singing and dancing in an Austin, Texas, nightclub late last week was old. He also tried to get other partygoers involved to cover it up, according to the report.
When a reporter told Pettine during a news conference Friday it's come to light that Manziel lied to him and other members of the coaching staff, Pettine cut off the reporter.To read more or comment...