Player News - Browns

Date: Team: Pos:

Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo (knee scope) has resumed practicing.

Mingo is now on track to be healthy for Week 1, but he could be scratched after missing essentially the entire offseason and summer with various ailments.
Aug 31 - 1:43 PM

Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is practicing on Monday.

It puts him on track to suit up for Thursday's preseason finale, though coach Mike Pettine has said it's not an end-all, be-all for his roster status. Despite his lost summer, Pryor appears to have the inside track to a 53-man spot.
Aug 31 - 1:31 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said the fourth preseason game is not "make or break" for WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring).

Pryor has missed the entire preseason slate after going down with a hamstring injury early in camp, and Pettine said last week the window was closing on him making the team. Pettine appears to have softened that stance, perhaps because Pryor represents the most athletic upside in the Browns' nondescript receiving corps. Pryor's spot on the final roster is still very much up in the air.
Aug 31 - 10:58 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed Sunday that Duke Johnson was concussed in Saturday night's preseason game.

"No update," Pettine said. "He will be in the league’s concussion protocol. We’ll know more when the week goes on." Johnson missed much of camp with a hamstring injury and is now already back on the shelf. Also nicked up frequently at Miami (FL), Johnson is trending in the wrong direction for fantasy owners who had hopes he might assume a legit feature back job in Cleveland.
Aug 30 - 1:57 PM

Terrance West rushed for 26 yards on seven carries in the Browns' third preseason game.

After a strong second preseason game, West was the third running back in the game for the Browns, even though he saw much of the red-zone work on the opening possession. After three preseason games, West has rushed for 78 yards on 22 carries (3.54 YPC). None of the Browns' backs have been impressive this summer, and we're likely looking at a committee attack to open the season.
Aug 29 - 9:53 PM

Dwayne Bowe failed to catch any of his three targets in the Browns' third preseason game.

Seeing his first snaps of the preseason due to a hamstring injury, Bowe came up empty in his time with the first-team offense. Unlikely to see much, if any, action in the final preseason game, Bowe and Josh McCown will need to get up to speed in practice ahead of Week 1. Bowe is the No. 1 receiver by default.
Aug 29 - 9:41 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed for 27 yards on eight carries in the Browns' third preseason game.

Crowell was the second back in the game behind Duke Johnson, but saw plenty of work on the opening series. While Crowell has been the Browns' most impressive runner this preseason, he hasn't taken a hold of the running-back job with just 47 scoreless yards on 17 carries. Johnson and Terrance West have simply been unable to either stay healthy or make much noise of their own. The Browns clearly don't love Crowell. We wouldn't draft him anywhere ahead of Round 8.
Aug 29 - 9:38 PM

Josh McCown completed 17-of-23 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns' third preseason game Saturday night.

McCown was pretty sharp for the most part in the regular-season tuneup. He went 6-of-7 for 36 yards and a three-yard touchdown to Brian Hartline on a rollout play to the right on a first-quarter series. The Browns struggled a bit for much of the second quarter, but came out of the gate in the third quarter with McCown drilling Gary Barnidge for a seven-yard score. McCown also used his legs, rushing three times for 20 yards. After three preseason games, McCown is 29-of-38 for 207 yards and a 3:2 TD:INT ratio. His main job this season will be to not turn the ball over.
Aug 29 - 9:18 PM

Duke Johnson suffered a concussion in the Browns' third preseason game Saturday night.

Johnson was seeing his first action of the preseason after sitting out the first two exhibitions with a pulled hamstring. He didn't last long, however, as Johnson took a thundering hit in the first quarter. Johnson had a real chance to earn a significant role, but has been unable to stay on the field. With so much uncertainty, the Browns' backfield is a situation to avoid before the late rounds of drafts.
Aug 29 - 8:55 PM

Duke Johnson exited Saturday's third preseason game and is being evaluated for a concussion.

Getting his first action of the preseason after missing the first two with a hamstring injury, Johnson got the start for the Browns in the all-important dress rehearsal. His time in the game was quick, however, as he left in the first quarter. While in the lineup, all three Browns running backs, including Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, mixed in on the opening series. This is looking like a situation to completely avoid until the mid-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 29 - 8:03 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan expects Duke Johnson to lead the Browns' backfield in touches if he stays healthy.

This is the sense we've started to get as Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have sleepwalked through the preseason. Both the coaching staff and local media have spent a good deal of the summer talking the third-rounder up, while he has a hold on third-down duties no matter what happens between now and Week 1. With Crowell and West working to cancel each other out, Johnson could start encroaching on their supposed early-down territory.
Aug 29 - 7:24 PM

Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is sitting out Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal.

Pryor has resumed practicing, but his conditioning isn't up to speed. With the Browns' starters unlikely to see much, if any, action in next week's exhibition finale, it means Pryor will end the summer with no meaningful snaps as he makes the transition from quarterback. Pryor has the high-end athleticism the Browns lack basically everywhere else on offense, but he could be too raw for a spot on the 53-man roster. If the Browns keep him, it will be because he flashed convincingly in the offseason program.
Aug 29 - 6:25 PM

Cleveland CB Joe Haden is expected to make his 2015 preseason debut on Saturday against Tampa Bay.

The Browns will allow their star defensive back to knock some rust off in Week 3 of the preseason before likely sitting out the Cleveland preseason finale. The Cleveland D/ST unit has been an afterthought in fantasy drafts this summer, but will be useful in Week 1 of the regular season as they face the New York Jets in a game with the lowest expected point total from oddsmakers on the opening NFL slate.
Aug 29 - 10:45 AM

Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is "on course" to play in the Browns' third preseason game Saturday barring a setback on Friday.

Pryor needs it. After missing the majority of the month with a hamstring injury, Pryor sounded "dejected" at practice this week with the injury taking its toll on him. Pryor just needs to get on the field Saturday and show something -- anything, really -- to earn a 53-man roster spot. We can't see the rebuilding Browns cutting the only physically-gifted, big receiver on the team.
Aug 28 - 10:12 AM

Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is unsure if he'll be available for Saturday's preseason game.

Pryor said it depends on how he feels Friday. Already sidelined for Cleveland's first two preseason games, Pryor's roster odds could take a critical blow if he isn't ready for the regular season dress rehearsal. Of course, the Browns find themselves so short of premium athletes on offense that they may be willing to roll the dice on Pryor regardless of what he does the rest of the summer.
Aug 27 - 4:20 PM


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