April 23, 2014

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Browns: Little gets three traffic violations

BEREA — Receiver Greg Little needs a ride.

Little was given three traffic violations after being stopped at 1 a.m. Monday, Cleveland police said. Little was cited for a stop-sign violation, change of course and driving with a suspended license, Sgt. Sammy Moore told The Associated Press. Little’s car was towed.

Cleveland wide receiver Greg Little pulls in a pass as Baltimore’s Jimmy Smith closes in. Monday, Little was caught by police and given three traffic violations. (AP PHOTO)

Right guard Shawn Lauvao also needed a tow after a single-car accident Monday morning on the ramp to I-90 near Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland. Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said alcohol was not involved and Lauvao wasn’t injured.

Lauvao was heading to the team’s facility at about 7 and went the wrong way on a ramp closed for construction, Gilbert said. He tried to turn around and went over a curb and embankment and got stuck.

A spokesperson for the City of Cleveland’s office of communications referred questions regarding Lauvao to the Browns’ public relations department. News of the accident hadn’t broken, so Lauvao wasn’t asked about it when he met with reporters.

As for Little, this was the latest in a series of traffic incidents.

He recently settled a ticket for driving with an expired license plate and was ticketed for speeding. In April, he was involved in a single-car accident and admitted to driving 127 mph. Last month, he was cited for driving 81 mph in a 60 mph zone.

Coach Rob Chudzinski said he briefly met with Little and planned to talk to him again later Monday. Chudzinski wouldn’t say if Little would be fined or suspended.

“Any of those things, I’m going to keep in house,” he said.

Little’s season on the field has been filled with potholes. He had four catches for 33 yards in 12 targets Sunday in the 14-6 loss to the Ravens. He has at least four drops in two games.

“He’s had some opportunities to make plays,” Chudzinski said. “He’s the first one that says it himself that he needs to make those plays.

“From his standpoint, it’s not for the lack of working at it and work ethic. He’s doing those things. It’s a matter of getting it done in the game situation and gaining the confidence in himself and doing it.”

Ankle update

Lauvao had arthroscopic ankle surgery Aug. 9 and last week CEO Joe Banner said he was close to returning. Lauvao said he has begun running, but isn’t sure if he’ll practice Wednesday or play Sunday in Minnesota.

“I’m battling my butt off to come back,” he said. “I will see how it feels and do what they tell me to do.

“I want to go out there and play. Like anything I’m going to keep working at it.”

No big plays

Running back Trent Richardson carried 18 times for 58 yards with a long of 9 in the loss to the Ravens. He caught five passes for 21 yards with a long of 9.

Chudzinski was asked if he’s concerned about the lack of explosive plays by the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft.

“We’re playing a good defense, No. 1,” Chudzinski said. “Those guys are tough. I think Trent has been running extremely hard. He’s playing physical. I like where he’s at from a mindset standpoint. We just have to continue to give him touches and opportunities.

“Again, like everything, he’ll have a chance to break out.”

Richardson has 105 rushing yards on 31 carries in two games. Chudzinski was asked if he’s seeing the holes.

“I think he has good run instincts,” he said. “He generally finds a hole, and if he doesn’t, he makes one a lot of times.”

Mingo mania

Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo started his career with a sack and almost added a blocked punt, but was held and drew a penalty.
“I almost still got it. Just a missed opportunity,” he said.

Mingo debuted after recovering from a bruised lung.

“I’m running good, feeling good, breathing good,” he said. “All good.”

Spit take

Defensive tackle Phil Taylor suggested Sunday that Ravens running back Ray Rice spit in his face during a heated confrontation after the second snap. Taylor and Rice went face mask-to-face mask, but the video was inconclusive as to whether he spit. Taylor retaliated by slapping Rice in the side of the helmet, drawing a 15-yard penalty.

“I think Ray Rice might have spit on him,” said Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger, a former teammate of Rice with Baltimore. “Something transpired in that respect. If that’s true, I don’t know for sure.”

Kruger said he liked Rice during their time together.

“Ray’s a good guy,” Kruger said. “I don’t know if he was trying to get in Phil’s head or not. (Taylor) reacted, I think, pretty similar to the way everybody would react if that happened to you.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh hadn’t spoken with Rice about the confrontation, but said he didn’t see Rice spit on the game film.

Fatherhood

Kruger said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco told him during the game his wife, Dana, had a baby boy.

“He said I just had a kid an hour ago,” Kruger said. “(I said), ‘Jeez, I can’t believe you’re out here.’ Congratulations to him. That’s awesome.”

Kruger didn’t know how to answer when asked if he was surprised Flacco played rather than attend the birth.

“I think most guys would probably play the game,” he said. “It’s tough. That’s the birth of your child, but at the same time …”

Extra points

Chudzinski felt the Ravens should’ve been called for holding on receiver Davone Bess on third-and-goal from the 3 in the first quarter.

• The Ravens converted 8-of-16 third downs, and Chudzinski blamed it on poor spacing in their zone defense.

“We should have had some guys in the spots where they ended up making plays,” he said.

• The Browns led at halftime of both games, 7-6 vs. Miami and 6-0 vs. Baltimore.

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