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Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Mike Pettine
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense17th86.4 (26th)252.5 (9th)
Defense9th111.3 (15th)221.1 (9th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
48Agnew, Ray RB5-102472/26/1991RSouthern Illinois
19Austin, Miles WR6-22156/30/19849Monmouth (N.J.)
24Bademosi, Johnson CB6-02007/23/19903Stanford
82Barnidge, Gary TE6-62509/22/19857Louisville
11Benjamin, Travis WR5-1017512/29/19893Miami (Fla.)
38Berry, Aaron DB5-91906/25/19885Pittsburgh
75Bitonio, Joel T6-430510/11/1991RNevada
92Bryant, Desmond DE6-631012/15/19856Harvard
95Bryant, Armonty DE6-42655/20/19902East Central (OK)
80Byrd, LaRon WR6-42208/18/19893Miami (Fla.)
84Cameron, Jordan TE6-52498/8/19884USC
59Carder, Tank ILB6-22351/18/19893Texas Christian
34Crowell, Isaiah RB5-112251/8/1993RAlabama State
8Cundiff, Billy K6-12123/30/19809Drake
56Dansby, Karlos ILB6-325111/3/198111Auburn
26Desir, Pierre CB6-22069/8/1990RLindenwood
81Dray, Jim TE6-525512/31/19865Stanford
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81672/17/1991RAbilene Christian
21Gilbert, Justin CB6-020211/7/1991ROklahoma State
39Gipson, Tashaun FS5-112058/7/19903Wyoming
77Greco, John G6-43183/24/19857Toledo
23Haden, Joe CB5-111954/14/19895Florida
74Hauptmann, Caylin T6-33007/10/19912Florida International
16Hawkins, Andrew WR5-71803/10/19864Toledo
6Hoyer, Brian QB6-221510/13/19856Michigan State
93Hughes, John DE6-23204/27/19883Cincinnati
58Kirksey, Christian OLB6-22358/31/1992RIowa
67Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily NT6-13308/24/19883Kent State
99Kruger, Paul OLB6-42702/15/19866Utah
5Lanning, Spencer P5-112005/21/19882South Carolina
30Leonhard, Jim DB5-818810/27/198210Wisconsin
55Mack, Alex C6-431111/19/19856California
2Manziel, Johnny QB6-021012/6/1992RTexas A&M
52Martin, Eric LB6-22507/21/19912Nebraska
68McDonald, Nick G6-43056/27/19873Grand Valley State
74McQuistan, Paul T6-63154/30/19839Weber State
51Mingo, Barkevious OLB6-424010/4/19902Louisiana State
42Nelson, Robert DB5-91752/16/1990RArizona State
33Poyer, Jordan CB6-01914/25/19912Oregon State
53Robertson, Craig ILB6-12342/11/19883North Texas
71Rubin, Ahtyba DE6-23257/25/19867Iowa State
72Schwartz, Mitchell T6-53206/8/19893California
62Seymour, Ryan G6-43012/7/19902Vanderbilt
97Sheard, Jabaal OLB6-32645/10/19894Pittsburgh
22Skrine, Buster CB5-91854/26/19894Tennessee-Chattanooga
44Tate, Ben RB5-102208/21/19885Auburn
98Taylor, Phillip NT6-33354/7/19884Baylor
73Thomas, Joe T6-631212/4/19848Wisconsin
20West, Terrance RB5-102251/28/1991RTowson
31Whitner, Donte SS5-102087/24/19859Ohio State
36Williams, K'Waun DB5-91837/12/1991RPittsburgh
90Winn, Billy DE6-43004/15/19893Boise State
31Winston, Glenn RB6-22204/29/1989RNorthwood
57Yount, Christian LS6-12507/8/19884UCLA
Injured Players
62Bowie, Michael (IR) T6-43329/25/19912Northeastern State (Okla.)
50Eubanks, Darius (IR) ILB6-22227/12/19912Georgia Southern
17Krause, Jonathan (IR) WR5-111901/18/1992RVanderbilt
87Smith, Andre (IR) TE6-52709/26/19882Virginia Tech
35Trufant, Isaiah (IR) DB5-717012/9/19824Eastern Washington
Suspended Players
12Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Baylor
15Moore, Marlon WR6-01909/3/19875Fresno State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cleveland6-4312.96-3312.125.62134
 
 
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Position Listing
Terrance West
News
Browns rookie running back Terrance West got only one first-half carry Monday night against the Redskins as Ben Tate dominated snaps with the first string. West finished with 31 yards on eight carries (3.9 yards per rush). He was not targeted in the passing game.
Jonathan Krause
News
The Browns cut defensive backs Royce Adams and T.J. Heath, offensive linemen Randall Harris, Ryan Lee and Jeremiah Warren, running back Edwin Baker, defensive lineman Cam Henderson, receivers Tim Smith, Jonathan Krause and Anthony Armstrong, linebackers Caleb McSurdy and Keith Pough, and tight end Martell Webb.
Injury
Jabaal Sheard
News
A nagging wrist injury will not prevent Browns outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard from playing Sunday when his team hosts the Ravens. He has been cleared to play after being listed as probable.
Mitchell Schwartz
News
One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.

Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.

Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.
Andrew Hawkins
News
Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins found the end zone Saturday night against the Rams in preseason action. Hawkins came down with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer with 37 second remaining in the first half. He caught all five of his targets for a team-high 36 yards and a touchdown.
Gary Barnidge
News
The meager Browns offense Sunday against the Jets featured several meager individual performances. Included among those contributors was wide receiver Josh Cooper, who caught his first four passes of the season for 26 yards.

Also catching two were tight end Gary Barnidge (23 yards) and wideout Brian Tyms (12 yards). Wide receiver Greg Little grabbed one pass for 4 yards before being removed for dropping one in the end zone.

Running back Chris Ogbonnaya rushed for 8 yards on one carry and caught a pass for 4 yards.

Ben Tate
News
The Browns need Ben Tate to be a three-down running back, reports ESPN.com. And coach Mike Pettine is comfortable Tate can handle that big of a role.

Behind Tate, the Browns have three rookie running backs. Top rookie Terrance West struggled in the preseason.

"He's ahead of those guys, and I think he's been solid in protection," Pettine told the website. "I think he does a nice job catching the ball. I would think that he has the edge over those guys as far as third down. That's not saying they won't be there, but probably the guy you can trust the most right now is Ben."

Isaiah Trufant
News
The Browns have a lengthy list of players sidelined for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, as a result of a slew of injuries in recent weeks.

Defensive backs Buster Skrine (thumb) and Joe Haden (foot), and wide receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring) headline the list. Also among the inactives are: running back Edwin Baker (hamstring), defensive backs Pierre Desir (knee), Isaiah Trufant (knee), T.J. Heath (hip) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring), linebackers Eric Martin (concussion), Darius Eubanks (shoulder) and Keith Pough (ankle), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Martell Webb (groin) and offensive linemen Michael Bowie (shoulder), Randall Harris (knee) and Nick McDonald (wrist). 

Injury
Phillip Taylor
News
The Browns on Friday exercised the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Phil Taylor ’s rookie contract. Taylor is now under contract through the 2015 season.

"It's very evident to us watching on tape and seeing him in person this week that Phil Taylor is very explosive, and he's a great fit for what we want to do on defense," said coach Mike Pettine. "I like his ability to rush the passer and be there to clog up the middle at the point of attack when we need him."

Taylor, the 21st overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, has appeared in 39 games with 38 starts. He has registered 130 tackles, seven sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2013, Taylor played and started 15 games at nose tackle in the Browns' 3-4 defense after transitioning from defensive tackle. He recorded 57 tackles, two sacks and one pass defensed, helping Cleveland finish ninth in the NFL in total defense, the team's best finish since 1994.

Travis Benjamin
News
Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin will not return to Monday's preseason game due to a rib injury, the team announced. Benjamin was evaluated for a concussion, but a different injury will prevent him from returning to action after it was determined he didn't suffer a head injury.
Paul McQuistan
News
Free agent offensive lineman Paul McQuistan, formerly of the Seahawks, has agreed to terms with the Browns, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He has versatility," Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer said. "The guy played a lot of tackle last year. He’s played guard."
Eric Martin
News
The Browns have a lengthy list of players sidelined for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, as a result of a slew of injuries in recent weeks.

Defensive backs Buster Skrine (thumb) and Joe Haden (foot), and wide receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring) headline the list. Also among the inactives are: running back Edwin Baker (hamstring), defensive backs Pierre Desir (knee), Isaiah Trufant (knee), T.J. Heath (hip) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring), linebackers Eric Martin (concussion), Darius Eubanks (shoulder) and Keith Pough (ankle), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Martell Webb (groin) and offensive linemen Michael Bowie (shoulder), Randall Harris (knee) and Nick McDonald (wrist). 

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 1 at Pittsburgh
Ahtyba Rubin
News
The Browns raised a few eyebrows earlier in the week by releasing popular veteran inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and could be readying to unload defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, per the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Rubin, who has been less productive since the team switched to a 3-4 defense, is slated to earn $6.9 million in 2014. He is heading into the last season of a four-year contract.

Glenn Winston
News
The Browns claimed two players off waivers from the 49ers: running back Glenn Winston and offensive lineman Ryan Seymour.
Brian Hoyer
News
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer had another uneven performance Saturday night against the Rams in preseason action.

Hoyer got the start and was intercepted by Alex Ogletree in the second quarter. He redeemed himself on his final drive of the night with 5-yard touchdown strike to Andrew Hawkins with 35 second remaining in the first half. He compiled 84 yards through the air while completing 10 of 16 passes. He added a touchdown, and interception and finished with a passer rating of 70.8.

Hoyer will start Week 1 for the Browns at Pittsburgh.
Desmond Bryant
News
Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant underwent surgery on his injured wrist, and coach Mike Pettine isn't sure he'll be ready for the season opener, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Bryant had 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 12 games last year.
Paul Kruger
News
Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger managed 4.5 sacks last season, nine fewer than he posted in 2012 for the Ravens. He ranked second on the Browns with 11 tackles for loss.

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said getting more out of Kruger is a priority.

"(Kruger) had a special year in Baltimore when they won the Super Bowl," Pettine said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "A lot of people think he took a step backward last year. We’re looking forward to getting with Paul and seeing what makes him tick and seeing if we can get him going."

Isaiah Crowell
News
Running back Dion Lewis has been cut by the Browns in the wake of the surprising 100-yard performance Thursday by Isaiah Crowell, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Crowell appears set to make the team ahead of Lewis, who lost last season to injury. Lewis averaged 4.8 YPC in limited action for Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012.

Nick McDonald
News
The Browns have a lengthy list of players sidelined for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, as a result of a slew of injuries in recent weeks.

Defensive backs Buster Skrine (thumb) and Joe Haden (foot), and wide receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring) headline the list. Also among the inactives are: running back Edwin Baker (hamstring), defensive backs Pierre Desir (knee), Isaiah Trufant (knee), T.J. Heath (hip) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring), linebackers Eric Martin (concussion), Darius Eubanks (shoulder) and Keith Pough (ankle), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Martell Webb (groin) and offensive linemen Michael Bowie (shoulder), Randall Harris (knee) and Nick McDonald (wrist). 

Jordan Cameron
News
With Browns receiver Josh Gordon suspended for the entire season, tight end Jordan Cameron "should have the opportunity to put up monster numbers since the Browns don't have many reliable options in the passing game," reports Pro Football Talk.

Cameron is entering the final year of his rookie deal. The website suggests the Browns have more reason now to "take care" of Cameron.

Miles Austin
News
As expected, Browns head coach Mike Pettine told reporters after the final preseason game that wide receivers Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin will start Week 1 at Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Both wideouts moved up a spot on the depth chart after the league suspended Josh Gordon for the entire 2014 season.
John Hughes
News
The Browns are banged up heading into their season finale against the Steelers. Nose tackle Phillip Taylor (concussion), defensive end John Hughes (knee) and offensive linemen Jason Pinkston (concussion) and Shawn Lauvao (thigh) were all absent from Friday practice.

Their statuses for the game against Pittsburgh will be clearer when the team releases its injury report later in the afternoon.

Karlos Dansby
News
Free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby will leave the Cardinals for the Browns and sign a four-year, $24 million deal, reports the Arizona Republic. The deal includes $14 million guaranteed, the report said.
LaRon Byrd
News
The Browns claimed two more players off waivers, wideout LaRon Byrd from the Cowboys and offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann from the Seahawks. In addition, Cleveland waived offensive linemen Karim Barton and Martin Wallace and wideout Charles Johnson.
Spencer Lanning
News
The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Josh Gordon
News
Pro Football Talk reports Browns receiver Josh Gordon will decide in the next day or two whether to sue the league over his one-year suspension. "Don't be shocked if he sues." Any lawsuit would include a request to block the suspension pending the outcome of the case, the report said.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson last week upheld the suspension, which stems from a repeat offense of the league's substance abuse policy.

Injury
Suspension - Eligible for reinstatement before 2015 season
Robert Nelson
No Updates
John Greco
News
Four Browns have been designated as questionable for the Sunday clash at AFC North rival Pittsburgh, including tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) and cornerback Joe Haden (hip). The others are offensive linemen Jason Pinkston (thigh) and John Greco (knee).
Joel Bitonio
News
With the No. 35 pick in the NFL Draft, the Browns selected offensive lineman Joel Bitonio from Nevada.

Bitonio is 6-foot-4, 302 pounds. He was a tackle in college, but he could also play guard for the Browns if needed.

Bitonio started his last 38 games, including 26 at right tackle and 12 at left tackle. According to one stats service, since the beginning of the 2012 season, he gave up only one quarterback pressure and two sacks and was penalized only five times through a span of 2,054 snaps.

He has the chance to compete for a starting job in training camp and could play left guard for the Browns this year.

Justin Gilbert
News
Browns cornerback and top pick Justin Gilbert is not only starting his first preseason game Monday in Washington, but he appears on the verge of making it a permanent arrangement this season with top competition Buster Skrine out with a broken thumb.

Skrine, who might need surgery, is expected back for the season opener, but the injury could cement his spot as a nickel back.

"I'm pumped up," Gilbert told the Akron Beacon Journal. "It's like a dream-come-true playing next to (Pro Bowl corner Joe Haden).

Gilbert missed the first preseason game with a groin issue.

Jordan Poyer
News
The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Aaron Berry
News
Browns cornerback Aaron Berry will miss Monday's preseason game with a groin injury, ESPNCleveland.com reports. The Browns are enduring multiple injuries at the position and will be short on quality depth at cornerback in Monday's game.
Michael Bowie
News
The Browns placed linebacker Darius Eubanks and offensive lineman Michael Bowie on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players had shoulder surgery this month.
Injury
Christian Kirksey
News
The Browns signed third-round pick Christian Kirksey, a linebacker out of Iowa, to a four-year deal. Kirksey made 315 tackles in his college career and is one of three players in Iowa history to score three defensive touchdowns.
Billy Cundiff
News
The Browns have re-signed Billy Cundiff to a one-year, $1.02 million deal, reports ESPN.

Cundiff was set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He finished 2013, his first with the Browns, making 21 of 26 field goals and all 32 extra points.

Donte Whitner
News
The Browns' four-year contract with free agent safety Donte Whitner is worth $7 million annually, reports NFL Network. The 49ers did not want to go much higher than $4 million per year, according to CSNBayArea.com.
Caylin Hauptmann
News
The Seattle Seahawks waived the following players Saturday: QB Terrelle Pryor, OT Eric Winston, CB Phillip Adams, DE Benson Mayowa, TE Rashaun Allen, CB Akeem Auguste, RB Demitrius Bronson, WR Arceto Clark, QB B.J. Daniels, OL Caylin Hauptmann, OL Nate Isles, OL Patrick Lewis, WR Chris Matthews, S Terrance Parks, TE Morrell Presley, DT Andru Pulu, FB Kiero Small, DT Jimmy Staten, S Steven Terrell, LB Korey Toomer, WR Bryan Walters and RB Spencer Ware.
Johnson Bademosi
No Updates
Tank Carder
News
The Browns list a whopping 16 players on their Friday injury report, but half are probable for the Week 17 battle in Pittsburgh, including All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas (back). The other offensive players among them are running back Willis McGahee (knee) and tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe).

The four defensive probables are linebackers Paul Kruger (illness) and Tank Carder (shoulder), safety Jordan Poyer (toe) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder, illness). Punter Spencer Lanning (knee) is also probable.

Andre Smith
News
The following players aren't expected to play for the Bengals Sunday night against Arizona, the team announced: Quarterback AJ McCarron, quarterback Tyler Wilson, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, cornerback Darqueze Dennard, running back Rex Burkhead, linebacker J.K. Schaffer, offensive lineman Andre Smith, tight end Tyler Eifert, wide receiver Marvin Jones and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks.
Injury
Barkevious Mingo
News
Mike Pettine spoke glowingly Saturday about Browns 2013 top pick Barkevious Mingo, who proved disappointing as a pass rusher as a rookie as his production diminished in time.

Pettine said "hopefully the switch has been flipped" in regard to Mingo. The coach added that Mingo has gained much-needed weight and is now in the upper 230s. Mingo will also be put to the test in pass coverage, at which he was not adept a year ago.

Christian Yount
News
The Browns gave a five-year contract to long snapper Christian Yount, who's been with the team since 2011.

K'Waun Williams
News
The Browns have a lengthy list of players sidelined for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, as a result of a slew of injuries in recent weeks.

Defensive backs Buster Skrine (thumb) and Joe Haden (foot), and wide receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring) headline the list. Also among the inactives are: running back Edwin Baker (hamstring), defensive backs Pierre Desir (knee), Isaiah Trufant (knee), T.J. Heath (hip) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring), linebackers Eric Martin (concussion), Darius Eubanks (shoulder) and Keith Pough (ankle), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Martell Webb (groin) and offensive linemen Michael Bowie (shoulder), Randall Harris (knee) and Nick McDonald (wrist). 

Joe Thomas
News
The following players are not expected to dress for the Packers Friday night against Oakland: cornerback Casey Hayward, running back Rajion Neal, linebacker Joe Thomas, offensive lineman Don Barclay, wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, tight end Brandon Bostick and defensive tackle Letroy Guion.
Taylor Gabriel
No Updates
Jim Dray
News
Browns tight end Jim Dray missed practice Tuesday due to a shoudler injury, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Darius Eubanks
News
The Browns placed linebacker Darius Eubanks and offensive lineman Michael Bowie on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players had shoulder surgery this month.
Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 1 at Pittsburgh
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
News
Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion) and linebackers Tank Carder (shoulder) and Craig Robertson (knee) are the injured inactives for the game Sunday against Jacksonville.

The healthy players on the list are offensive linemen Reid Fragel, Garrett Gilkey and Martin Wallace and defensive lineman Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.

Pierre Desir
News
The Browns have a lengthy list of players sidelined for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, as a result of a slew of injuries in recent weeks.

Defensive backs Buster Skrine (thumb) and Joe Haden (foot), and wide receiver Nate Burleson (hamstring) headline the list. Also among the inactives are: running back Edwin Baker (hamstring), defensive backs Pierre Desir (knee), Isaiah Trufant (knee), T.J. Heath (hip) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring), linebackers Eric Martin (concussion), Darius Eubanks (shoulder) and Keith Pough (ankle), defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Martell Webb (groin) and offensive linemen Michael Bowie (shoulder), Randall Harris (knee) and Nick McDonald (wrist). 

Armonty Bryant
News
Three Browns have been designated as questionable for Sunday against Jacksonville, but none are starters. They are offensive lineman Martin Wallace (illness), tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring) and defensive lineman Armonty Bryant (back).

The probables are wide receiver Josh Cooper (illness), cornerback Buster Skrine (ribs), tackle Mitchell Schwartz (toe), running back Willis McGahee (knee), punter Spencer Lanning (knee) and linebacker Paul Kruger (finger).

Ryan Seymour
News
The Browns claimed two players off waivers from the 49ers: running back Glenn Winston and offensive lineman Ryan Seymour.
Billy Winn
News
The Browns reveled a list of players that will miss Saturday's preseason opener against the Lions in Detroit: rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert (groin), wide receivers Travis Benjamin (knee) and Nate Burleson (hamstring), free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee), defensive end Billy Winn (abdomen) and tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder).
Injury
Hamstring - NFI. Questionable for start of regular season
Alex Mack
News
One of the reasons Johnny Manziel was such a spectacular player in college was because he was able to extend a play and throw to a big receiver down the field. Landing with the Browns is a total win for Johnny Football because he'll have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Greg Little and Nate Burleson as down-field targets along with Andrew Hawkins as a quick, short-area weapon. Ben Tate rumbling in the backfield doesn't hurt either.

Another impressive factor is the Browns O-line, which has two studs in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack. If the line can improve from last season (we're looking at you, Mitchell Schwartz), then Manziel will have time to make good throws.

Of all the places he could have gone in the draft, Cleveland's the best fit. Not only should he inject life into the franchise but he should end up starting in Week 1 against the Steelers. Expect Manziel to get taken late in every single seasonal draft as a combo backup Fantasy QB/sleeper who could get some serious trade value. He'll get picked in the middle rounds in dynasty/keeper leagues and should be considered a Top 5 choice in rookie-only drafts.
Marlon Moore
News
The Browns have signed wide receiver Marlon Moore, the team announced Monday.

Moore was suspended for the first game of the season in May for an unspecified reason, so hell be eligible to take the field in Week 2 if he makes the team. He had seven receptions for 62 yards while playing with Miami and San Francisco last season.

Injury
Suspension - Eligible to return Week 2 vs. New Orleans
Ray Agnew
No Updates
Tashaun Gipson
News
The Browns reveled a list of players that will miss Saturday's preseason opener against the Lions in Detroit: rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert (groin), wide receivers Travis Benjamin (knee) and Nate Burleson (hamstring), free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee), defensive end Billy Winn (abdomen) and tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder).
Joe Haden
News
Browns defensive back Joe Haden did not suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, due to a sore foot. He was able to practice throughout the week, and is day to day, with his absence considered a precaution. 
Buster Skrine
News
Browns cornerback Buster Skrine is no longer wearing a hard cast on his right arm and hand, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Skrine is just 10 days removed from thumb surgery and is wearing a soft cast. He is listed as week to week, leaving his status up in the air for Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
Injury
Thumb - Questionable for Week 1 at Pittsburgh
Johnny Manziel
News
Mike Pettine has criticized the decision-making of Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday, per the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Pettine told the media that Manziel needs to pick and choose more prudently when to bolt from the pocket. The coach also indicated that Manziel must opt to throw to open receivers rather than to run.

Jim Leonhard
News
Former Bills safety Jim Leonhard tweeted that he signed with the Browns. Leonhard played for coach Mike Pettine last year in Buffalo, making 41 tackles and four interceptions.
Craig Robertson
News
The Browns injury report for Week 15 against the Bears featured six players from the defensive side of the ball, all of whom were expected to take the field Sunday.  As expected, all six are active prior to kickoff: linebackers Tank Carder (shoulder), D'Qwell Jackson (ankle), Paul Kruger (elbow) and Craig Robertson (knee); defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf); and defensive back T.J. Ward (shoulder). 
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