September 17, 2014

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Browns notes: QB Brian Hoyer understands why some doubt him, but doesn’t let it bother him

Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Brian Hoyer threw only four incompletions after Johnny Manziel returned to the sideline for good Sunday. Hoyer completed 15 of his last 19 passes for 137 yards and led two touchdown drives, including the winner. The success gave coach Mike Pettine an idea. “The way he responded, we should play Johnny the first Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine gets emotional with family after 1st win

Mike Pettine

BEREA — The reality of his first win as an NFL head coach hit Mike Pettine a few steps into the tunnel from the field to the locker room. His teenage son, Ryan, and college daughter, Megan, ran up to him like he had spent the last two years overseas and gave him giant hugs, Read More…

Browns 26, Saints 24: Brian Hoyer leads winning drive, gets coach Mike Pettine his 1st win

Mike Pettine

CLEVELAND — The last time the Browns won a home opener, Brian Hoyer had a fresh diploma from St. Ignatius and was just starting his career at Michigan State. Johnny Manziel was in grade school in Texas. Mike Pettine was a lowly assistant with the Ravens, less than three years removed from his time as Read More…

Browns: Union vote on drug policy expected Friday

Josh Gordon

BEREA — The NFL Players Association representatives will review and potentially vote on a new drug policy Friday, union spokesman George Atallah tweeted Thursday night. Safety Johnson Bademosi is the Browns’ rep and said Thursday he hoped a new policy would pass and allow suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon to return to the field. “I Read More…

Browns offensive line clears the way in first game in coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme

Browns Steelers Football

BEREA — The offensive linemen were huffing and puffing, but they just kept knocking down the Steelers. The hurry-up offense the Browns turned to in the second half of the opening loss is hardest on the 300-plus-pound men in the trenches, but that didn’t stop Cleveland’s starting five from controlling the line of scrimmage. That’s Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie RBs Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell to step further into spotlight with Ben Tate sidelined

Mike Mitchell, Isaiah Crowell

BEREA — The Browns are left with only rookie running backs following a knee sprain suffered by starter Ben Tate. That’s fine with rookie coach Mike Pettine. “We like the guys that we have,” he said Wednesday. Tate, signed as a free agent, was ruled out for Sunday’s home opener against the Saints, but Pettine Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon says he isn’t an ‘addict’ or ‘junkie’

Josh Gordon

BEREA — With Browns fans waiting breathlessly to see if suspended receiver Josh Gordon will return to the field if the NFL adopts a new drug policy, Gordon sought to make something clear in a long interview with last week. He doesn’t have a drug problem. “Definitely not. In this case I was exposed Read More…

Browns RB Ben Tate out for Saints game; TE Jordan Cameron, OLB Barkevious Mingo “day-to-day”

Ben Tate

BEREA — Browns starting running back Ben Tate has a sprained knee and won’t play Sunday in the home opener against the Saints. Coach Mike Pettine ruled him out and said he will “miss some time,” but wouldn’t get specific. NFL Network reported Tate will miss 2-to-4 weeks. Pettine said tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) Read More…

Josh Gordon still waiting for word on new NFL drug policy

Josh Gordon

As suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon waited to see if a new NFL drug policy would allow him to return to the field, he worked at his new job. According to a picture posted on Twitter, Gordon sold his first car at a dealership based in Portage County. Gordon can report back to the showroom Read More…

Browns sign tight end Gerell Robinson as Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron deals with shoulder injury


The Browns added depth at tight end Tuesday, signing Gerell Robinson off Denver’s practice squad. The move could mean Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron will miss time after aggravating his sprained shoulder Sunday in the 30-27 loss to the Steelers in the opener. He played only one snap in the second half. He said Read More…