January 30, 2015

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Browns Notes: Rookies Justin Gilbert, Terrance West struggle off field, too


BEREA — Top draft pick Justin Gilbert and third-round selection Terrance West are squarely in the Browns’ doghouse. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said Monday that the rookies’ benching one day earlier against Carolina occurred for multiple reasons, not just poor practice habits, as he claimed after the 17-13 loss. “Some of it was on the Read More…

Johnny Football, Browns flattened vs. Panthers


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johnny Manziel’s foot slipped on a throw, leading to an injured left hamstring and a short afternoon. The Browns’ annual late-season slide reached four games with a 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Slip slidin’ away has been the soundtrack for the past month. With all hope Read More…

Browns’ Johnny Manziel looking toward next season


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Johnny Manziel walked to the locker room with head down, towel draped over it. A left hamstring injury had ended his afternoon, and possibly his rookie season, with 1:49 left in the first half. When the 17-13 loss to the Panthers was over Sunday, his eyes were up and focused on 2015. Read More…

Browns notes: Mike Pettine keeps rookies on the bench


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rookie coach Mike Pettine tried to teach rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert and rookie running back Terrance West a lesson Sunday by reducing their playing time. Gilbert, the No. 8 pick, didn’t play until the second quarter of Cleveland’s 17-13 loss to Carolina. West was active, but didn’t play at all. “Neither of Read More…

Rubin set to play in 100th game for Browns


BEREA — Ahtyba Rubin has played for five coaches in seven years with the Browns, but has never been on a team with a winning record. Despite those gloomy numbers, the friendly defensive tackle wants to re-sign with Cleveland after this season. “I love it here, so it would be awesome to play my whole Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel says he needs to trust his eyes, and let ball fly


BEREA — Timid is not an adjective commonly used in connection with the risk-taking, hard-partying, trash-talking Johnny Manziel. That’s how he described his play Sunday in his first NFL start. “It’s just what I was telling myself throughout the week, when you see something and your eyes see it, trust it and then go out Read More…

Browns Pro Bowler Joe Thomas accused of multiple environmental violations in Wisconsin

Joe Thomas

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials have accused Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas of committing nearly a dozen environmental violations on his hunting land west of Madison. The state Department of Natural Resources sent the former Wisconsin Badgers standout and seven-time Pro Bowler a letter Wednesday accusing him of 11 violations. They range from building Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Thomas is media MVP


BEREA — Browns tackle Joe Thomas was a unanimous selection as the team’s Player of the Year by the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection is the first offensive lineman to win the award, which has been given out since 2001. “It’s pretty special and definitely a little Read More…

Browns believe organization has rid itself of losing culture


BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine and his players think Browns legend Bernie Kosar has it wrong. They insist the culture within the organization has changed for the better and will support a winner. They know the best way to demonstrate that is to stop the skid at three and finish the season with wins in Read More…

Browns Notes: Garrett Hartley taking time off from TV to kick


BEREA — Garrett Hartley was already planning for his life after football, co-starring in the hunting series “Southern Chaos” on Sportsman Channel, when the Browns called him last week. The former Saints kicker made all 10 of his field goal attempts in a Dec. 9 tryout, then was offered a two-year contract just three days Read More…