Player News - Browns

Date: Team: Pos:

Browns placed DE Desmond Bryant (torn pectoral) on the reserve/NFI list, ending his season.

The move was expected after Bryant went down in a workout earlier this month. Bryant has been a quality rotational lineman since coming over from the Raiders two years ago, but is going on 31 and due $7 million next season. He probably won't be back at that price.
Jul 28 - 3:57 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said CB Joe Haden (ankle surgery) is very close to returning.

Jackson added the corner is chomping at the bit to get back on the field. Haden underwent ankle surgery in March after being limited to five games last season by various injuries including a severe concussion. It sounds like Haden could get some work in during the preseason, but the Browns will likely be very cautious with their star corner.
Jul 28 - 12:52 PM

Coach Hue Jackson expects to name his starting quarterback before the first preseason game.

Spoiler Alert: It will be Robert Griffin III, who is expected to get the vast majority of first-team reps despite reportedly being outplayed by Josh McCown during the offseason program. With Griffin seemingly locked in as the starter, the Browns could look to trade McCown during camp.
Jul 28 - 12:28 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Josh Gordon is "starting with a clean slate."

"We certainly welcome him back. Will support him," Browns EVP Sashi Brown added. "For us it's about Josh wanting to make a change. We'll find out very quickly if he's serious." It sounds like Gordon will be given every opportunity to prove himself to the new coaching staff. As long as he keeps out of trouble, he should be on the field when first eligible Week 5.
Jul 28 - 12:17 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson does not believe Isaiah Crowell's disturbing Instagram post represents who he is as a person.

"I truly believe that this is not who Isaiah Crowell is," Jackson said. All indications are the Browns plan to give Crowell every opportunity to earn back their trust. Despite this thoughtless incident, Crowell still has a great shot to earn the starting job.
Jul 28 - 12:15 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Josh McCown "at times ... looked more ready in spring practices than (Robert) Griffin to start and win a game."

McCown was quietly a top-20 quarterback last season -- he finished 14th in passer rating, in fact -- but the rebuilding Browns have no motivation to start him as a 37-year-old with only a few seasons left. The Plain Dealer confirms "all signs" continue to point to Griffin getting the Week 1 starting nod. If a team loses a quarterback in camp, McCown should be one of the first players they target. McCown would be a big upgrade on what's going on in Denver.
Jul 27 - 9:58 PM

Suspended Browns OLB Armonty Bryant is likely facing additional NFL discipline after being convicted on misdemeanor drug charges.

Already banned Weeks 1-4 for PEDs, Bryant could miss several more games after being convicted of "attempted drug possession" following a guilty plea on Wednesday. In other words, Bryant didn't even get the drugs. As Bryant was arrested and charged for DUI shortly after the 2014 draft, he was already in the NFL's substance abuse program. We probably won't see him play much this year.
Jul 27 - 8:26 PM

Browns TE Gary Barnidge (sports hernia surgery) will be limited for the start for training camp.

Barnidge avoided active/PUP, but isn’t ready for full practices. He’ll be eased in the early stages of camp. The Browns can’t afford any setbacks with Barnidge.
Jul 27 - 6:34 PM

Gary Barnidge (sports hernia surgery) has been cleared for training camp.

Barnidge went under the knife in early June. The TE3 last season, Barnidge is an obvious candidate for regression, but also one of the Browns' only proven playmakers until Josh Gordon returns. He should still be a legitimate TE1.
Jul 26 - 6:48 PM

Browns placed CB Joe Haden (ankle surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Haden went under the knife in March. He's guaranteed he'll be ready for training camp, but nothing can be taken for granted with Haden's recent injury history.
Jul 26 - 5:12 PM

Browns placed WR Josh Gordon (quad) on the active/NFI list.

Gordon got hurt working out on his own this summer, and will miss a "couple of weeks." It's obviously the last thing Gordon needed after being suspended 27 of the past 32 games. Gordon figures to be on a strict snap count when he returns from his latest ban in Week 5, and should be worked in slowly. Gordon can't be drafted as more than a WR3 who could pay off as something more in the second half of the season.
Jul 26 - 4:46 PM

The Akron Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich still projects Isaiah Crowell as the Browns' starting running back.

Crowell threw himself into hot water by posting a disturbing photo on his Instagram account earlier this month, but he has seemed genuinely apologetic since the incident and has spent time trying to repair his relationship with law enforcement. Considering he is still on the roster, it looks as if the Browns plan to give him a chance to redeem himself. Even so, it is not a given he holds off Duke Johnson in camp, and the sophomore will have a role no matter what. Crowell is still a good value at RB42, but he carries a lot more risk than he did a month ago.
Jul 26 - 12:41 PM

Drew Rosenhaus believes Browns coach Hue Jackson is "very committed" to working with Josh Gordon.

"I do believe the Browns are a big part of Josh getting reinstated," Rosenhaus said on PFT Live. "I really do think that the Browns are committed to Josh and want to see him succeed." The Browns released a statement on Monday confirming Gordon will get another chance, and it appears they are privately giving off the impression they are willing to work with him as well. Gordon is expected to report to camp a couple days early this week.
Jul 26 - 11:04 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes Browns CB Tramon Williams could be on the roster bubble.

The Browns purged most of their veteran starters this offseason, but Williams was allowed to stick around because of the lack of depth at corner. That depth could look much better if Joe Haden (ankle) comes back healthy and Justin Gilbert is something other than terrible in camp. Williams will likely stick, but the 33-year-old is not long for Cleveland's roster.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 10:09 AM

Speaking on PFT Live, ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi said the Browns' quarterback battle is "not an open competition."

Grossi said Robert Griffin III will get four out of five reps with the first-team offense. Coach Hue Jackson has refused to name Griffin the starter heading into camp, but it appears the job is all but sewn up. If third-rounder Cody Kessler shows well enough to earn the backup job, the Browns could trade Josh McCown in camp.
Jul 26 - 9:43 AM


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