September 23, 2014


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…

Browns like hurry-up option, but QB Brian Hoyer says they must improve ‘normal’ offense

Browns Steelers Football

BEREA — Mike Pettine’s Browns aren’t turning into Chip Kelly’s Eagles, but they proved Sunday they have the ability to step on the accelerator. Kelly brought the fast-paced Oregon offense to the NFL last year, and it translated as Philadelphia ranked second in total offense, first in rushing and fourth in points. He wants his Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert could see playing time cut

Markus Wheaton, Justin Gilbert

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert might be spending more time on the sideline after a poor debut Sunday against the Steelers. “Looking back on it, maybe he did play too many reps,” coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “We’re not looking to bench him, but maybe scale back his reps this week.” Joe Haden and Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer rallies team in 2nd half of loss, praises teammates’ fight

Brian Hoyer

PITTSBURGH — Cries for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel were surely bellowing throughout Northeast Ohio. A CBS camera remained focused on him on the sideline. Veteran Brian Hoyer wasn’t done. He fought too hard to become the opening-day starter to watch his dream come crashing down so quickly. After an awful first half that included poor Read More…

Steelers 30, Browns 27: Big Ben spoils comeback bid

Travis Benjamin, Ike Taylor

PITTSBURGH — The team leaders stood up at halftime and reassured the locker room they weren’t the “same old Browns,” there was plenty of time left and “crazy things happen.” They were right. Unfortunately for rookie coach Mike Pettine and the rest of the Browns, they boarded the buses back to Berea late Sunday afternoon Read More…

Browns notes: Rookies give run game a lift

Mike Mitchell, Isaiah Crowell

PITTSBURGH — When Ben Tate left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, it could’ve meant the end of the Browns’ running game. But a pair of rookies stepped in and provided a reason to smile Sunday in the 30-27 loss to the Steelers. Third-round pick Terrance West replaced Tate as the Read More…