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Johnny Manziel To Keep Starting For Browns

Dec 16, 2014 11:23 AM

The Cleveland Browns will again start Johnny Manziel at quarterback this week despite his struggles in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mike Pettine announced Monday that the Browns are "moving forward with (Manziel) at quarterback."

Pettine believes Manziel has practiced at a high level, has "shown flashes" of potential, will improve in the final two games and still gives the Browns an opportunity to win.

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Browns To Start Johnny Manziel In Week 15

Dec 9, 2014 12:52 PM

The Cleveland Browns will start Johnny Manziel at quarterback for their Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Browns gave Brian Hoyer one final shot to save his job in Week 14.

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Browns To Start Brian Hoyer Over Johnny Manziel

Dec 3, 2014 11:44 AM

The Cleveland Browns will start Brian Hoyer at quarterback this week over Johnny Manziel.

Manziel replaced Hoyer during the second half of the Browns' loss last week against the Buffalo Bills.

Hoyer reportedly had widespread support within the Browns' locker room.

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Johnny Manziel Claims He Tried To Avoid Altercation

Nov 29, 2014 3:11 PM

Johnny Manziel said he did everything he could to escape a “very aggressive” fan before an altercation in the lobby of his apartment building.

Speaking on Friday for the first time since last week's incident, Manziel said the man, identified in a police report as Chris Gonos, was “a very intoxicated, very aggressive person that approached me in the lobby.” Manziel said he went out dinner on Friday night with his mother and roommate and had returned to The 9, a downtown hotel where he has an apartment, when he was confronted by “what has been made out to be a fan.”

Manziel did not name Gonos but said the man was “putting his hands on me, kind of toying with me.”

Manziel said he and his roommate tried to coax the man into another elevator and “the guy got very aggressive” before security was able to intervene.

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Josh Gordon Felt Like Browns Kept Distance During Suspension

Nov 26, 2014 4:58 PM

Josh Gordon felt that some members of the Cleveland Browns' organization kept their distance from him during his 10-game suspension.

"The lowest point of all this I think was the disassociation from a lot of friends you thought were close or you thought you were kind of cool with really not checking on you anymore, [not] hitting you up anymore, [not] wanting to hang out," Gordon told former teammate Nate Burleson, who spent training camp with the Browns. "As far as even people in here [with the Browns]. I don't want to throw names around, but I can see it. I'm definitely really observant, so I see how people might just be more standoffish as they were before."

Gordon was originally suspended for the entire season, but it was reduced after the union agreed upon new drug testing policies with the NFL.


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Bills To Host Browns In Buffalo For Week 13

Nov 25, 2014 1:09 PM

The Buffalo Bills will host the Cleveland Browns in Week 13 this Sunday despite damage to the stadium.

From a structural perspective, the stadium is still sound and can host guests this weekend. The team can also use its practice facility despite some minor damage and doesn't plan on restricting any areas to fans at Ralph Wilson on Sunday.

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Johnny Manziel's Entourage Involved In Fight

Nov 24, 2014 2:26 PM

A Cleveland Browns fan sparked a massive fight at The 9 when he approached Johnny Manziel and his "entourage" late Friday night, according to a police report obtained today by Scene.

Cleveland police were called to the apartment's lobby at 2:36 a.m. for a report of a "riot" involving 20 men and two security guards.

The alleged victim, 33-year-old Chris Gonos, reported to police that he and his girlfriend spotted Manziel while waiting for an elevator at the high-end apartment complex, where many Cleveland professional athletes live, and professed his love to the rookie quarterback.

Gonos told police he pointed Manziel out to his girlfriend: "That's Johnny Manziel." Then he approached him.

According to the report, "at this time victim stated to the unidentified male, 'I'm the biggest Browns fan ever, I love you, I want to give you a hug.'"

Gonos stepped towards Manziel and was promptly punched in the face, the alleged victim's account to police says, followed by a beat down by Manziel's crew, giving the man a "swollen lip, right eye swollen, red face." A security guard intervened and also was hurt.

Gonos reportedly pled guilty in 2013 in federal court to charges of "conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade filing currency transaction reports."

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Josh Gordon To Play 20-30 Snaps For Browns In Week 12

Nov 23, 2014 11:21 AM

Josh Gordon is expected to get 20 to 30 snaps for the Cleveland Browns as he returns from a 10-game suspension.

Gordon spent the last 11 weeks working out on his own and catching passes from a jugs machine. He could attend team meetings but couldn't participate in on-field team activities.

Gordon averaged 117.6 receiving yards per game last season, which means the Browns inherit a high-performance vehicle at a critical time in the team's playoff push at 6-4.

"I think it makes things easier," Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "It gives you different options."

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Josh Gordon 'Going To Tear This League Up'

Nov 19, 2014 1:39 PM

Josh Gordon is optimistic about how he'll quickly be productive coming off his 10-game suspension.

"He told me: 'Starting on practice this Wednesday, I'm going to outwork everybody on the field,'" Burleson said Tuesday on NFL Network's NFL Total Access: "(He said) 'I'm going to try to evoke a pride in Cleveland that can hopefully lead us to the playoffs.' He's excited about coming back."

Gordon caught 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns last season in 14 games.

"He said, 'I plan to lose 10 to 15 pounds and when I come back I'm going to tear this league up,'" Burleson said. "Now, this offense is different; it's not the same offense as last year. So, they're not going to be running and gunning, throwing the ball up the sideline, but definitely look for them to get Josh involved early, kind of to get his rhythm back."

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Browns Release Ben Tate

Nov 18, 2014 12:54 PM

The Cleveland Browns have waived Ben Tate.

Tate had just two carries for minus-9 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss.

Tate was complaining earlier in the week about his carries in the Browns' three-running back rotation with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.

A team source told ESPN's Bob Holtzman that the move was primarily a football decision. The Browns are pleased with how West and Crowell, both rookies, are playing and want special-teams production from their third running back, which Tate didn't provide.

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Texans, Titans Interested In Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer will be a free agent this offseason and the Browns have been in wait-and-see mode on his long-term future.

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Browns Lose Phil Taylor For Remainder Of Season
Phil Taylor is a former first round pick on the defensive line.

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Pettine Understands Ben Tate's Frustrations With Carries
Mike Pettine is empathetic to Ben Tate's frustrations on being lower than Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell on the Browns' depth chart at running back.

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Pettine: Browns Remain Hopeful Manziel Will Be Their QB One Day
Mike Pettine believes Johnny Manziel's opportunity to study under Brian Hoyer is similar to Hoyer's experience with Tom Brady.

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Alex Mack Out For Season With Broken Leg
Alex Mack is one of the best centers in the NFL and will miss the rest of the season.

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Josh Gordon's Suspension To Be Reduced To 10 Games
According to Josh Gordon's account, his most recent positive test for marijuana would not have been a positive test at all under the new policy.


Josh Gordon Expected To Have Suspension Reduced To Eight Games
Josh Gordon was suspended for a positive marijuana test.

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Ben Tate Out Several Weeks With Knee Sprain
Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will play in Ben Tate's absence.

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Josh Gordon Rules Out Suing NFL
Josh Gordon said that he voluntarily checked himself into a rehab clinic in July, though he doesn't consider himself an addict.

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Union Seeking Reversals On Current Suspensions
The NFLPA and NFL are negotiating a new policy for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Josh Gordon Takes Job At Car Dealership
Josh Gordon has been hired as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto group in Ohio.


Browns Won't Have Quick Hook With Brian Hoyer
Mike Pettine spoke to Brian Hoyer about the club's expectations this season and told the veteran that the team supports him.


Nate Burleson Cut By Brown
Nate Burleson has been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue and played in just one preseason game.


Josh Gordon Ineligible To Play In Canadian Football League
Josh Gordon has explored the possibility of playing in the Canadian Football League, but there are two roadblocks.

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Josh Gordon's One-Year Suspension Upheld
Josh Gordon will miss all of next year's training camp as well.

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Belichick, Carroll, Payton Considered Best HC's In NFL By Peers
Bill Belichick is ranked as the best coach in the NFL, according to a poll of 30 league insiders.

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Browns Could Use Two-QB System
The Browns aren't dismissing the possibility of using a two-quarterback system.

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Manziel Still Working On Learning Browns' Playbook
Johnny Manziel played in a spread college offense with no playbook at Texas A&M and is still learning an NFL playbook with the Browns.

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Pettine Displeased With Josh Gordon's Effort
Josh Gordon is facing a potential one-year ban for a positive drug test that is currently in the appeal process.

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Browns To Start Brian Hoyer In Week 1
Brian Hoyer will start for the Browns in Week 1 against the Steelers, winning the quarterback job over Johnny Manziel.

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