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.
BEREA: When Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas trained in Madison, Wis., during the NFL lockout in 2011, Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt loaned Thomas a moped apparently sturdy enough to withstand the weight of mammoth men.
It may be no coincidence that Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien called Whitney Mercilus one of the team’s most improved players just seven months after the Garfield High School graduate became the backup to Jadeveon Clowney.