BEREA — Browns defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence said he will appeal if fined by the NFL for cursing at an official late in Sunday’s 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans at FirstEnergy Stadium.

A league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com that was the infraction that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Lawrence.

In the locker room Sunday, Lawrence revealed to The Chronicle-Telegram an official told him, “Watch where the f*** you’re going,” and Lawrence said his response was, “F*** you.” The exchange occurred after the extra point following Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler’s 38-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:02 to play.

“I ain’t paying no price, I’m going to appeal it,” Lawrence said Monday. “He said something to me first, so it is what it is.

"I feel like it’s yesterday, so I’m going to let that be my yesterday. Whatever comes my way, I’ll appeal it.”

According to the NFL fine schedule, a verbal or nonphysical offense against an official could cost Lawrence $28,075. Spotrac.com lists Lawrence’s 2019 salary as $570,000.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens reprimanded Lawrence on the sideline, but would not reveal what he told the first-year player from Auburn.

“We don’t condone that. That was addressed with Devaroe and I,” Kitchens said Monday. “I’m not going to talk about what we talked about. But Devaroe Lawrence, he’s very much a team guy. Devaroe Lawrence ... understands what he did wrong. He will make those corrections, and that won’t happen again.

“We’re going to play with class. We’re going to play with pride. We’re going to play to the whistle, but we’re not going to do anything after the whistle and certainly are not going to make comments to people that aren’t affected like that.”

 

Mayfield OK

Kitchens said he does not expect quarterback Baker Mayfield to miss any practice time despite hurting his right wrist against the Titans.

Mayfield grimaced in pain after outside linebacker Cameron Wake got around right tackle Chris Hubbard and sacked him in the end zone for a safety with 1:42 left in the second quarter. The play allowed the Titans to go ahead 12-6.

Mayfield stayed in the game, but left the stadium with his right wrist and hand wrapped as if he were wearing a fingerless glove.

“X-rays [taken after the game] were negative,” Kitchens said. “So we’re good to go.

“We’ll have to see how he feels. But I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine. I can’t say anything definitive right now as far as missing practice time, but I’m pretty certain he’ll be fine.”

Sacked five times, Mayfield completed 25 of 38 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown. But he went 3 for 9 for 21 yards with three interceptions in the fourth quarter and finished with a 64.0 rating.

Kitchens said Mayfield sometimes held onto the ball too long, but said he believes the second-year QB will “continue to get better with his eyes and put his eyes in the right place” to avoid interceptions.

“He will continue to get better, and the ball will start coming out quicker,” Kitchens said. “I do not think he was terribly sharp yesterday. I have to do a better job of putting him in better situations. A lot of that falls on me.”

Calling the plays, Kitchens said that doesn’t mean he will be more conservative.

“We are always going to be aggressive. I am not changing,” he said. “We are going to take our shots, and I have to pick and choose when to do it better.”

— Nate Ulrich

 

About that watch

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wore a Richard Mille watch during Sunday’s game, violating a league rule prohibiting “hard objects.”

The league plans to address the issue with the Browns and Beckham, a person familiar with the situation confirmed for the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. A fine is not anticipated, the person said.

The NFL does not have a rule prohibiting players from donning jewelry during games. Multiple Internet reports had the watch valued at $350,000.

Kitchens said the league had already reached out to the Browns by Monday afternoon.

“Yes, they have,” Kitchens said. “Did they want to put another flag on the field and give us 19 penalties? I was being facetious.

“I was not aware that he had the watch on. As long as they’re going to enforce that with everyone, I’m fine with it. So let’s just make sure we get it enforced with everybody.”

— Nate Ulrich

 

Deadly screen

Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey elected not to comment Monday when asked if he was being held by Titans left guard Rodger Saffold, a Bedford, Ohio, native, during Derrick Henry’s crucial 75-yard touchdown catch on a screen pass. The score gave the Titans a 22-13 lead with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter.

"I can't say what I want to say. But it was just a good play call. It caught us in a call that we were in and they just had our card on that play,” Kirksey said.

Asked if he was refraining because he didn’t want to get fined for criticizing the officiating, Kirksey said, “I just keep certain stuff to myself, you know?"

Some Browns defenders brought it up after the game.

“I felt like it was holding on that. But they didn't call that,” defensive end Chris Smith said. “On the perimeter. On Kirko.”

Added free safety Damarious Randall, “I don’t know if that was a block in the back or not, but it wasn’t called.”

— Nate Ulrich

 

Beer shower

Three fellow Titans jumped into the Dawg Pound where a Tennessee fan sat to celebrate with Butler after his pick six and a CBS camera caught them being doused with beer. In video posted on the Titans’ website, a fan in a Mayfield jersey was shown throwing beer in cornerback Logan Ryan’s face.

This@budlight’s for you?@RealLoganRyan and the@Titans got doused by beer by a@Browns fan after the Malcolm Butler pick-6. pic.twitter.com/mQ4QAO8ztM

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports)September 9, 2019

“In this day and age, it’s ridiculous,” Ryan said Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, per titansonline.com. “I understand that we’re modern day gladiators. I understand that fans feel like they can yell and say and degrade, whatever, but you know, we’re human beings. In society nowadays that’s, with everything going on and everybody deserving their rights, I think as a player to hop up over the rail and to have beer splashed in your face and you’re not allowed to respond. … Fans are allowed to throw beer in our face and yell whatever they want to yell at us and there’s no penalty?”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel, a Walsh Jesuit and Ohio State product, commented Monday, saying of his hometown fans, “I would tell ‘em not to waste beer — that’s a bad thing to do.”

 

Seibert’s miss

Rookie kicker Austin Seibert missed the extra point after the Browns drove 73 yards on their first possession for a touchdown.

“Eventually missed PATs hurt you,” Kitchens said. “It does not feel like a big deal because of the final score but, yes, I agree 100 percent with you. His job is to make the kicks. He understands that. He is going to work to get better.”

Although the miss deflated the fans, Kitchens did not agree that it had the same effect on the Browns sideline.

“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “If you’re into the business of finding excuses, there are a lot of excuses that you can find, but we are not doing that. We are about the result.”

 

Injury report

Kitchens said four Browns were undergoing examination for injuries, but he had no updates on their conditions. During the game, the Browns saw tackle Kendall Lamm (knee), tight end Demetrius Harris (shoulder), running back Dontrell Hilliard (concussion) and receiver Rashard Higgins (ankle) injured, but Harris was able to return.