November 24, 2014

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Gipson still waiting for clearance to play

Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — Tashaun Gipson wants to keep the good times rolling Sunday against the Texans. He’s not talking about the run of forced turnovers that has him leading the league with six interceptions. The free safety is focused on the team’s three-game winning streak and five victories in the last six Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon counting down days to return next week

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BEREA — Josh Gordon’s countdown is at three. “I see him in passing in the hallway and always ask him how many days, and he always knows the exact number of days,” coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “He’s been itching at this for a while.” The receiver’s 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy Read More…

Browns notes: Skrine praised for bounce-back game vs. Bengals

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BEREA — Cornerback Buster Skrine has been one of the most dogged competitors on the Browns during his four NFL seasons. Just like his predecessors, Cleveland defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has quickly become a fan of the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder from Chattanooga. “The thing I love about Bust is if there’s one guy on the defensive Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says Terrance West earned last start, but won’t say he’ll be No. 1 on Sunday

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BEREA — Terrance West rushed for 94 yards on a season-high 26 carries in the Browns’ 24-3 win over Cincinnati last week. To NFL Network viewers, however, his most notable contribution was an over-the-top touchdown celebration in the third quarter. As soon as quarterback Brian Hoyer saw West playing to a camera near the Cleveland bench, Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer vs. Houston’s Ryan Mallett: Tom Brady’s former backups meet as starters

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BEREA — Watch and learn from one of the best of all time. Rarely work on gamedays, and never in pressure situations. Get invited to hang out with supermodel Gisele Bundchen and friends. Being Tom Brady’s backup is a good gig if you can get it. Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer and Houston’s Ryan Mallett can share Read More…

Browns Notes: RB Ben Tate not satisfied with role, use in 3-back rotation

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BEREA — During Ben Tate’s four years in Houston, he longed to escape the shadow of Pro Bowler Arian Foster and become a feature running back. When he signed a two-year deal with the Browns in March, he thought he’d have that opportunity. Nine games into his Cleveland career, he’s part of a three-back rotation Read More…

Browns return from break excited to be in 1st place, focused on staying there for next 7 weeks

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BEREA — The Browns dispersed for the weekend riding high after the emphatic 24-3 win in Cincinnati on Thursday night. They returned to practice Tuesday in sole possession of first place in the AFC North, courtesy of the Jets’ upset of the Steelers on Sunday. “It’s a great accomplishment at this part of the season,” Read More…

Playing in NFL is snap for Browns center Nick McDonald after hardships he’s been through

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Nick McDonald starting at center for the first-place Browns is one of the most improbable stories in the NFL. Not because Pro Bowler Alex Mack had played 5,279 straight snaps before breaking his fibula Oct. 12. Not because the Browns hadn’t been alone in first place this late in the season since 1994. Not because Read More…

Midseason report: Browns all alone in first place for first time since 1994

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The midpoint of the 16-game schedule came after the win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, but the short week before the Thursday nighter in Cincinnati didn’t allow for a proper midseason report. The long weekend — the Browns are calling it a mini-bye — provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on a surprising first nine games Read More…

Pettine fine with playoff talk

Scott Petrak The Gazette Mike Pettine isn’t afraid to talk to his players about the playoffs. He’s been doing it since before the season started. “It was our goal at the beginning of the year,” the first-year coach said Friday on a conference call. “We wanted to be a playoff team. Why not us? We Read More…