Player News - Browns

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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

Isaiah Crowell rushed 16 times for 44 yards in the Browns' Week 12 loss to the Giants.

He also lost a fumble. Crowell managed a solid 6/47 line as a receiver, but remained stunningly ineffective as a runner. At this point, coach Hue Jackson doesn't have much excuse for sticking with Crowell as his lead back. It's time to see what elite college runner Duke Johnson can do between the tackles, but there's been no indication Hue Jax is considering a change. Crowell will be a middling RB3 when the Browns come off their bye in Week 14.
Nov 27 - 5:38 PM

Terrelle Pryor caught 6-of-12 targets for 131 yards in the Browns' Week 12 loss to the Giants.

It was Pryor's third 100-yard game, bringing him to 855 on the year. His 54-yard catch in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career. Pryor's season is astounding when you consider it is his first full campaign at receiver, and has come with a parade of clowns at quarterback. Pryor is the best signal caller on Cleveland's roster. Still only 27 and headed toward free agency, he's going to get real paid if he can avoid the franchise tag. Pryor gets the Browns' Week 13 bye before returning against the Bengals.
Nov 27 - 5:18 PM

Josh McCown completed 25-of-43 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 27-13, Week 12 loss to the Giants.

McCown also lost two fumbles, one of which Jason Pierre-Paul housed for a score. The yards were mostly empty, coming with the Browns trailing all afternoon. McCown did manage to find Terrelle Pryor for a few big conversions, but whenever his team really needed a play, McCown couldn't deliver. McCown remains an injury waiting to happen behind the Browns' sieve-like offensive line. The Browns are finally going on bye before returning against the Bengals in Week 14.
Nov 27 - 4:57 PM

Browns declared CB Tramon Williams (knee) inactive for Week 12 against the Giants.

It's Williams' second straight absence. Not good news for a team tasked with slowing Odell Beckham. Also inactive for the Browns are QB Cody Kessler, QB Joe Callahan, OL Gabe Ikard, OG Jonathan Cooper, WR Jordan Payton and DL Tyrone Holmes.
Nov 27 - 11:34 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Browns are "hopeful" Robert Griffin III (shoulder, I.R.) will make starts before the end of the season.

Per Rapsheet, the "caveat" would be if Cody Kessler gets on a roll. That seems unlikely given that Kessler is out with a concussion and the team has reportedly discussed shutting him down for the year. Griffin III resumed practicing this week and could be activated as soon as Week 14. Josh McCown will draw the start at quarterback Sunday against the Giants.
Nov 27 - 10:29 AM


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