October 20, 2014

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Gordon back in NFL

  Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Browns receiver Josh Gordon is back in the NFL and he’s welcome back inside Browns headquarters. He’ll be eligible to return to the field Nov. 23 against the Atlanta Falcons. Gordon was officially reinstated Friday after the NFL and NFL Players Association finalized a new substance abuse policy. Read More…

Browns linebacker Paul Kruger off to strong start this season

Paul Kruger, Drew Brees

BEREA — Paul Kruger’s devotion to explosion has meant the demolition of opposing offensive linemen and several plays blown up in the backfield. Through two games, he’s been dynamite. “His start, it’s electric when you watch the way he’s playing,” inside linebacker Karlos Dansby said Wednesday. Kruger has two sacks, two quarterback hits, eight tackles, Read More…

Petrak analysis: Browns offensive coordinator Shanahan deserves some credit

Kyle Shanahan, Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

The Browns have scored 53 points through two games. It’s the highest two-game total to open a year since 2007, when they scored 51 in Week 2. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan deserves more credit than he’s getting. And, yes, I know six of the points came on Tashaun Gipson’s interception return for a touchdown. The Read More…

Josh Gordon pleads guilty to DWI

Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon keeps making news, even though he’s not anywhere near a football field. The Browns’ All-Pro receiver pleaded guilty Tuesday to a DWI charge in North Carolina through his attorney, the Wake County Clerk of Court confirmed to CBSSports.com. He received 12 months unsupervised probation and owes $290 in court costs and a $100 Read More…

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…