Player News - Browns

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Jonathan Cooper will be the Browns' starting right guard in Week 14.

Cooper was claimed off waivers from the Patriots back in October. The former No. 7 overall pick of the Cardinals has yet to play an offensive snap this season. After RG John Greco was sent to IR during the bye week, the Browns will now use the final four weeks to see what they have in Cooper.
Dec 5 - 6:05 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Monday that it's "too soon" to say whether Robert Griffin III will start in Week 14 against the Bengals.

Although Jackson was noncommittal in this presser, seemingly all of the Browns' beat writers believe RG3 will be under center versus Cincinnati. The growing consensus among reporters covering the team suggests they already know the Browns' Week 14 starter based on scuttlebutt at team headquarters. Hopefully Jackson will be more willing to publicly name his starter later in the week.
Dec 5 - 5:15 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there's a "real chance" Robert Griffin III (shoulder, injured reserve) is the Browns' Week 14 starter.

Griffin has yet to even be formally activated off injured reserve, but most signs are pointing toward him starting against the Bengals. The lost-year Browns might as well take a four-game look — if Griffin can stay healthy that long — headed into the offseason. We'd consider the odds heavily stacked against Griffin being the team's 2017 quarterback.
Dec 5 - 2:06 PM

ESPN's Pat McManamon wrote "all signs point" to Robert Griffin III getting the start this week.

Hue Jackson has yet to name a starter, and McManamon's prediction comes with the important caveat of "provided he makes it through practice and looks like he has shaken off three months of rust." Still, it makes sense for the Browns to see what Griffin can do, especially considering they averaged fewer than 10 points in their last four games. Even if Griffin gets the nod, the offense around him is too poor and the chance of an in-game injury is too high to trust him in the first-round of the playoffs.
Source: ESPN
Dec 5 - 11:27 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam spoke at an organization-wide meeting about the importance of staying the course despite the specter of an 0-16 season.

Jimmy Haslam reportedly blamed past regimes and his own quick trigger for the team's current predicament before stressing the need for continuity. The comments suggest the jobs of both coach Hue Jackson and EVP Sashi Brown are safe even if the Browns go winless, but Haslam has been impetuous in the past. Still, firing Jackson for not winning after completely gutting the team in the offseason would be a nonsensical move. Both he and Sashi should get some time to turn the organization around.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 4 - 8:57 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garofolo expects Robert Griffin III to keep the starting job for the rest of the season if he's named Week 14 starter.

The Browns are on bye this week, giving them an extended period to plot the final quarter of their lost campaign. Griffin attempted 26 passes as a Brown before getting injured. He'd have to do something pretty dramatic in Weeks 14-17 to make himself part of the Browns' post-2016 plans.
Nov 29 - 6:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Robert Griffin III (shoulder, I.R.) has been cleared for full contact.

As expected. The Browns are off this week but return against the Bengals in Week 14. Cody Kessler (concussion) has also resumed practicing and will compete with Griffin III and Josh McCown for the starting job. Coach Hue Jackson will go with whoever gives Cleveland the best chance to finally win a game, though it makes sense for the Browns to at least see what they have in Griffin III as they near the end of a lost season.
Nov 29 - 11:11 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Robert Griffin III (shoulder, injured reserve) could be cleared for contact this week.

Griffin has one more test to pass, and it will be conducted this week. If Griffin is able to get cleared, it would not be surprising if he starts Week 14 against the Bengals, but Jackson thinks it is too early to make that decision. "He has not played football now in a while," Jackson said. "I am sure he has to get the rust off a little bit, but hopefully, we will see where he is, and if they clear him for contact, then we will know more as we move forward." Averaging less than 10 points a game over the last month, the Browns might as well see what Griffin can do.
Nov 29 - 9:30 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson revealed Monday that Gary Barnidge's snaps were scaled back in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Giants because he "tweaked" his knee.

Barnidge finished with three targets, catching just one for 11 yards. Jackson said the Browns "rotated" Barnidge and "didn't want to overwork him" after Barnidge tweaked the knee early in the game. After running a season-high 45 pass routes in Week 11, Barnidge ran only 31 against the G-Men. Barnidge's knee should heal during the Browns' forthcoming Week 13 bye.
Nov 28 - 5:11 PM

Browns placed RG John Greco on injured reserve with a sprained foot, ending his season.

Coach Hue Jackson said the injury is to Greco's "mid-foot," suggesting a Lisfranc sprain. Alvin Bailey will replace him at right guard. The Browns have lost both of their starting guards to year-ending foot injuries, having previously placed LG Joel Bitonio on I.R. Greco is under contract with Cleveland through 2017.
Nov 28 - 4:33 PM

Cody Kessler (concussion) has been medically cleared and resumed practicing on Monday.

While it's good news that Kessler has overcome the second concussion of his rookie season, the Browns have said nothing about his status or whether he will start coming out of the Week 13 bye. Josh McCown has not played particularly well in recent weeks, but he clearly gives the Browns their best shot to avoid 0-16.
Nov 28 - 4:27 PM

Browns RG John Greco has a sprained right foot.

He was spotted on crutches with a walking boot following Sunday's loss. He could be headed to injured reserve. Alvin Bailey is the next man up.
Nov 28 - 12:08 AM

Gary Barnidge caught 1-of-3 targets for 11 yards in the Browns' Week 12 loss to the Giants.

So much for Josh McCown sparking Route 82 in a plus matchup. No matter who is under center, Barnidge can't be relied upon as a top-15 option in Cleveland's dysfunctional offense. He'll square off with the Bengals following Cleveland's Week 13 bye.
Nov 27 - 5:51 PM

Corey Coleman caught 3-of-7 targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 12 loss to the Giants.

Aside from the touchdown, this is basically what Coleman has done every week since returning from his broken hand. With Terrelle Pryor balling out as the Browns' No. 1 receiver, there's only so much Coleman can do with Cleveland's league-worst quarterback play. He'll be a low-end WR4 coming off Cleveland's Week 13 bye.
Nov 27 - 5:49 PM

Duke Johnson rushed five times for 14 yards in the Browns' Week 12 loss to the Giants, adding three receptions for 26 additional yards.

"Lead back" Isaiah Crowell kept running into brick walls, but coach Hue Jackson passed on giving Johnson a bigger workload. Crowell has been comprehensively awful for months now, but Jackson seems intent on sticking with him as his No. 1. Johnson was a stud college runner, but doesn't seem poised to get a chance even with the pathetic Browns sitting at an historically-bad 0-12. He's apparently too small. Johnson will be a bottom-barrel RB3 coming off Cleveland's Week 13 bye.
Nov 27 - 5:40 PM


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