1. The Browns welcome back standout wide receiver Josh Gordon against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. Gordon is available for his first regular-season game after serving a 10-game suspension handed down by the NFL. Gordon is a game-breaker, leading the league in receiving yards in just 14 games last season with 1,646 yards, the league’s 10th most ever. Coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will seek to work Gordon into Cleveland’s offense this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer has been spreading the ball around to Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin, Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin in Gordon’s absence.
28 & 34 — The jersey numbers of rookie running backs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. These two will shoulder the workload for the remainder of the season after the Browns released opening-day starter Ben Tate last week.
“Anytime something bad happens in our area, I feel terrible about it. It’s painful. I probably can’t even describe it to you what it’s really like. At the end of the day, though, as a man I look myself in the mirror. Am I coaching the best I can? I need to do a little bit better.”
BEREA: After Browns tight end Jordan Cameron practiced Friday for the first time in nearly a month, he tapped on the photograph of his 5-year-old son, Tristan, hanging in his locker and explained he’s at peace with his decision to continue playing football despite suffering three documented concussions in less than two years.
BEREA: Dressing quietly as members of the media watched his every move, Josh Gordon put on a Baylor sweatsuit with shorts instead of pants. He tugged on his fur-lined hunter’s cap, complete with earflaps, and headed out the door.
CLEVELAND: The Browns were knocked out of first place in the AFC North because they were knocked around by All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans on a cold Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.
What went right: Four plays after Texans defensive end J.J. Watt committed his second roughing the punter penalty of the game on fourth-and-28 from the Browns’ 20-yard line, quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins connected for a 32-yard touchdown, tying the score 7-7 with 8:58 left in the first half. Hawkins broke free, caught Hoyer’s pass near the 21 and ran into the end zone as wide receiver Miles Austin cleared a path by blocking cornerback Johnathan Joseph in front of the goal line.