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Isaiah Crowell is listed as the starter on the Browns' updated depth chart.

The Browns' starting running back is a fluid, week-to-week situation. But logic suggests Crowell will get the nod again against the Bills in Week 13 even though he was out-touched by Terrance West 15-12 in Week 12. Crowell is averaging 5.73 YPC over the last two games while West is at 3.89. The highly talented "Crow" is a RB2 even in tough matchups.
Nov 25 - 12:27 PM

According to ESPN Cleveland, signs point toward Jordan Cameron (concussion) playing in Week 13.

Cameron has suffered three concussions since 2012, but has been assured by doctors he's not putting his long-term health in jeopardy by continuing to play football. He practiced on Friday and is expected to practice this week before suiting up against the Bills. With Josh Gordon back to clear out the middle of the field, Cameron is trending up at the razor-thin tight end position. He needs to be scooped up off waivers if he was dropped in your league.
Nov 25 - 10:55 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine praised Isaiah Crowell's work ethic and practice performance during his Monday press conference.

Pettine said Crowell "works hard," has "figured out the practice part," and now "we're getting results." Crowell has played 63 percent of Cleveland's offensive snaps the past two games, averaging 5.73 YPC with a pair of touchdowns. Terrance West did get more touches (15) than Crowell (12) in Sunday's win over Atlanta, but is averaging 3.89 yards per carry over the past two weeks.
Nov 24 - 4:28 PM

A member of Johnny Manziel's "entourage" allegedly punched a man in downtown Cleveland Saturday morning.

It's yet another Johnny Football nontroversey, as the quarterback himself isn't accused of doing anything wrong, but the Browns have responded with the expected seriousness. "We are aware of the incident and are in the process of gathering additional information in order to gain a complete understanding of what occurred,'' the club said. "Nonetheless, the time of the incident is concerning to us." The whole thing will be forgotten in a week. Brian Hoyer has been hit or miss as the Browns' starter, but Manziel doesn't appear close to getting the reins.
Nov 24 - 3:41 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Browns FS Tashaun Gipson has been diagnosed with a torn MCL, and is done for the regular season.

Specifically, he'll be sidelined 6-8 weeks. Per Rapsheet, Gipson has avoided ACL damage, however, and could return for the postseason if the Browns elect to hold him off injured reserve. It's a huge blow for 7-4 Cleveland, as Gipson's six interceptions lead the league. Gipson has graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 3 safety. Jim Leonhard and Jordan Poyer are the next men up on the depth chart.
Nov 24 - 1:18 PM

Josh Gordon played on 54-of-78 snaps (69.2 percent) in Sunday's win at Atlanta.

A pregame report from ESPN that Gordon would be limited to 20-30 snaps was simply wrong. He proved to the coaches during the week that he was in football shape despite a three-month layoff. "I told (coach Mike Pettine) I'd been working out nonstop every day, day in and day out. I think that just goes to show I wasn't just sitting around on my ass doing nothing," Gordon said. We'd expect him to get closer to 80-90 percent of the snaps in a Week 13 game at Buffalo.
Nov 24 - 8:24 AM

Taylor Gabriel caught 1-of-2 targets for 13 yards in Cleveland's Week 12 win over the Falcons.

The targets were Gabriel's fewest since Week 3. His WR4 value is taking a serious hit with the return of Josh Gordon. He's not a must own in 12-14 team leagues.
Nov 23 - 5:48 PM

Miles Austin caught 6-of-8 targets for 64 yards in the Browns' Week 12 win over the Falcons.

The catches were Austin's most since Week 3. Increased production isn't going to be in the cards for Austin with Josh Gordon back in the fold. He's a dubious hold in 14-team leagues.
Nov 23 - 5:36 PM

Andrew Hawkins caught 5-of-5 targets for 93 yards in Cleveland's Week 12 win over the Falcons.

The 93 yards were Hawkins' third most of the season, while he's now cleared 88 in 4-of-5 games. That's the good news. The bad news is, his five targets were his fewest since Week 6, and 11 fewer than Josh Gordon drew. Hawkins is going to remain an important part of the Browns' offense, but his WR4 stock takes a big hit with the return of Gordon.
Nov 23 - 5:31 PM

Terrance West rushed 14 times for 62 yards in Cleveland's Week 12 win over the Falcons, adding a nine-yard reception.

West led the Browns' backfield in touches, notching 15 to Isaiah Crowell's 12. Crowell won the yardage and touchdown battles, however, notching 88 and two, respectively. West was lucky he got as much run as he did, as he ran the wrong play on his first snap, and fumbled on his second. But the Browns stuck with their two-headed rushing attack, and it paid off with another huge day on the ground. West is the clear second fiddle to Crowell, but his workloads make him a weekly FLEX option.
Nov 23 - 4:53 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 12 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland's Week 12 win over the Falcons.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. As expected, Crowell started over Terrance West, but was actually out-touched by West 15-12. Crowell out-gained him 88-71, however, and looked like a man deserving of his No. 1 status. Crowell was electrifying on both his TDs, planting his foot for a one-cut, 11-yard run on his first score. For the second, he completely reversed fields two separate times, eluding tackles and displaying a low-center of gravity en route to a 26-yard TD. His raw talent was plain as day. Crowell and West will continue to split the rock for a run-heavy team, but Crowell is the clear No. 1 option, and a weekly upside RB2 for fantasy players.
Nov 23 - 4:46 PM

Making his 2014 debut, Josh Gordon caught 8-of-16 targets for 120 yards in Cleveland's Week 12 win over the Falcons.

Despite much pre-game speculation to the contrary, Gordon wasn't on any sort of a pitch count, playing essentially every down. He was targeted on a whopping 40 percent of the Browns' pass plays. His 16 looks were twice as many as No. 2 Miles Austin's eight. It was music to fantasy owners' ears, but Brian Hoyer often appeared to be forcing the ball to his returning No. 1 weapon, making a number of disastrous decisions on plays where they perhaps weren't on the same page. Hoyer also flat missed Gordon on at least 3-4 occasions. Gordon could have had a much-bigger game. Either way, he's established without a doubt that he'll be an elite WR1 down the stretch as the Browns try to clinch their first playoff berth since 2002.
Nov 23 - 4:21 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 23-of-40 passes for 322 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in Cleveland's 26-24, Week 12 win over the Falcons.

Put simply, Hoyer was lucky to escape this one with a win. Hoyer niftily engineered the Browns' game-winning field goal drive, but may not have gotten the chance if not for disastrously-bad clock management from Atlanta's Mike Smith. With the game in fourth-quarter crunch time, Hoyer made two of the worst throws you'll ever see. His pick on 1st-and-goal with 4:59 remaining was arguably the worst decision by any quarterback in 2014. Rolling right on a busted play action, Hoyer back pedaled and threw a jump ball to Josh Gordon off his back foot. It was easily picked by Desmond Trufant. Hoyer made use of his returning star Gordon, but had multiple miscommunications with him, and at least 4-5 terrible targets. Hoyer won't be a recommended QB2 for next week's trip to Buffalo.
Nov 23 - 4:15 PM

Browns FS Tashaun Gipson was forced from Cleveland's Week 12 game against the Falcons with a right knee injury, and will not return.

Gipson collided with Joe Haden in mid-air, and immediately went down clutching his right knee. He tried to hobble off the field before collapsing. The cart was brought out, and Gipson was visibly distraught as he headed to the locker room. It's quite possibly a season-ending knee injury for a player who entered Week 12 leading the league in interceptions. The Browns' defense keeps taking body blows.
Nov 23 - 3:30 PM

After speaking with Browns coach Mike Pettine Sunday morning, FOX's Jay Glazer refutes a report that Josh Gordon will be limited to 20-30 snaps in Sunday's game at Atlanta.

Gordon showed up to work this week in far better shape than the Browns expected and "really improved" as practices went on. So although the original plan was 20-30 snaps, we could see last year's leading receiver on the field for way more than that. "We have the full gamut in store for him," Glazer relayed from Pettine. They'll check in with Gordon at halftime and see how he feels. "As long as he can deal with the pounding, we are going to run him and run him and run him." Gordon should be in all season-long lineups.
Nov 23 - 12:27 PM

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