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The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Josh Gordon "continues to struggle with the plays and running the right patterns."

Gordon has a disappointing 24 catches, 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five games since coming off suspension. Some of that can be blamed on poor quarterback and offensive line play, but he's also admitted that the playbook has changed a lot since he was with the team in the preseason. There have also been whispers that he's not in the best physical condition. Gordon closes out the season against the Ravens in Week 17.
Dec 22 - 10:45 AM

Andrew Hawkins injured his right thumb during Sunday's Week 16 loss at Carolina.

Hawkins finished with just one catch for 28 yards and played on 48.9 percent of the snaps. He's headed for a Monday MRI.
Dec 22 - 9:25 AM

Browns first-round CB Justin Gilbert played behind fourth-round CB Pierre Desir in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Even with Joe Haden (shoulder) inactive, Gilbert was limited to depth in nickel packages. Even UDFA Robert Nelson and Jordan Poyer played ahead of Gilbert, the No. 8 overall pick. Coach Mike Pettine blamed a poor week of practice.
Dec 22 - 9:19 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said a poor week of practice was the reason Terrance West played zero snaps in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.

West went from starting the previous two weeks to playing behind Shaun Draughn Sunday. The third-round rookie has been in and out of the doghouse all season, highlighted by a healthy scratch in Week 6 and a 26-94-1 performance in Week 10. Pettine is earning a reputation in fantasy circles as an unpredictable coach when it comes to usage.
Dec 22 - 9:13 AM

Johnny Manziel (hamstring) is considered questionable for the Week 17 finale against Baltimore.

Manziel first hurt his hamstring midway through the first half and then left for good after taking a hit from Colin Jones. "As I kept walking more and more, it just felt like something I hadn't experienced before," he said. "I figured I needed to get checked out. Pretty frustrating." Through two NFL starts, Manziel is 13-of-26 for 112 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Dec 21 - 5:33 PM

Brian Hoyer completed 7-of-13 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

He added two scrambles for 19 yards. Hoyer entered Sunday's game in the second quarter after Johnny Manziel suffered a hamstring injury. He took three sacks among 16 dropbacks, but did lead two scoring drives, one ending in a field goal and the other a Jordan Cameron 81-yard touchdown. Manziel seems unlikely to play in the Browns' regular season finale, which would give Hoyer the start against Baltimore.
Dec 21 - 4:40 PM

Terrance West didn't touch the football in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Isaiah Crowell (16-55) was the Browns' lead ball carrier, while Shaun Draughn played ahead of West in third-down situations. West's deletion from the Browns' offense was not foreseeable, and his usage going forward is unknown. The Browns will close out the season against the Ravens in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 4:36 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 16 times for 55 yards in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

After Terrance West started last week, Crowell got the first-team nod in this one. The Browns generated no running room aside from on a 26-yard gain by Crowell early in the third quarter. West finished Sunday's loss with zero touches. Crowell appears to have secured lead back duties entering a Week 17 date with Baltimore.
Dec 21 - 4:33 PM

Andrew Hawkins secured 1-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Hawkins' lone reception came deep down the middle on a pass from Johnny Manziel. "Baby Hawk" has seen a reduced role since Josh Gordon returned, and doesn't figure to be a major factor in Week 17 against the Ravens.
Dec 21 - 4:30 PM

Josh Gordon secured 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Gordon had an early six-yard reception overturned when replay showed the ball hit the ground. He came back to record a handful of short receptions when Brian Hoyer entered the game in the second quarter, replacing Johnny Manziel (hamstring). Gordon will close out a suspension-shortened third NFL season against the Ravens' leaky secondary in Week 17. It's probably good news for Gordon's statistical outlook that Hoyer is back under center.
Dec 21 - 4:27 PM

Jordan Cameron secured 3-of-5 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Cameron was silent until the fourth quarter, when Brian Hoyer hit him for a dramatic 81-yard touchdown to give Cleveland the lead. It ultimately wasn't enough as the Panthers came back to win on a Cam Newton nine-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Stewart. It's been a lost fantasy year for Cameron, but his ability to produce was never in question. He'll look to finish strong in a Week 17 date with Baltimore.
Dec 21 - 4:23 PM

Johnny Manziel exited Sunday's game after taking a hit from Panthers S Colin Jones in the second quarter.

On a designed run in the second quarter, Johnny Football took a blow to the head from Jones. Brian Hoyer entered the game. Manziel ultimately went to the locker room with a towel on his head and surrounded by trainers. Officially, the Browns are saying Manziel suffered a hamstring injury. Before leaving, Manziel was 3-of-8 passing for 32 yards and three rushing yards. We don't expect Manziel to reenter Sunday's game.
Dec 21 - 2:17 PM

Browns declared RB Glenn Winston, CB Joe Haden, CB K'Waun Williams, TE Gary Barnidge, OL Vinston Painter, OL Andrew McDonald, and WR Rodney Smith inactive for Week 16 against the Panthers.

Without Williams and Haden, the Browns are highly vulnerable at cornerback. Haden is one of the top cover men in the league and Williams has been an undrafted rookie gem at slot corner.
Dec 21 - 11:43 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Joe Haden (shoulder) will not play Sunday at Carolina.

It's a nice boost to Kelvin Benjamin and Cam Newton's matchups. When healthy, Haden has been a top-five cover corner in the second half of this season. Look for Buster Skrine to now shadow Benjamin all over the field, much as he did to A.J. Green after Haden left last week's game against Cincinnati.
Dec 21 - 10:58 AM

Browns placed S Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Gipson had expressed optimism he would be able to play again this season after spraining his MCL Week 12 against the Falcons, but the Browns have little reason to rush back their emerging star safety. A restricted free agent following the season, Gipson still leagues the league with six interceptions despite missing the last three games. Cleveland will likely look to lock Gipson up to a long-term deal this spring. The Browns signed OLB Scott Solomon off their practice squad in a corresponding roster move.
Dec 20 - 11:59 AM

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