Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Mike Pettine
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense23rd108.0 (17th)216.6 (20th)
Defense23rd141.6 (32nd)224.5 (8th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
19Austin, Miles WR6-22156/30/19849Monmouth (N.J.)
24Bademosi, Johnson DB6-02007/23/19903Stanford
91Barnett, Calvin DT6-231710/7/1991ROklahoma State
82Barnidge, Gary TE6-62509/22/19857Louisville
63Barton, Karim G6-331512/13/1991RMorgan State
89Bates, Phil WR6-12209/20/19891Ohio U.
11Benjamin, Travis WR5-1017512/29/19893Miami (Fla.)
75Bitonio, Joel T6-430510/11/1991RNevada
62Bowie, Michael T6-43329/25/19912Northeastern State (Okla.)
95Bryant, Armonty DE6-42655/20/19902East Central (OK)
92Bryant, Desmond DT6-631012/15/19856Harvard
84Cameron, Jordan TE6-52498/7/19884USC
59Carder, Tank LB6-22351/18/19893Texas Christian
15Cone, Kevin WR6-22163/20/19884Georgia Tech
4Coons, Travis K6-11942/6/1992RWashington
34Crowell, Isaiah RB5-112251/8/1993RAlabama State
56Dansby, Karlos LB6-325111/3/198111Auburn
26Desir, Pierre DB6-11989/8/1990RLindenwood
20Draughn, Shaun RB6-020512/7/19872North Carolina
81Dray, Jim TE6-525512/31/19865Stanford
50Eubanks, Darius DB6-22227/12/19912Georgia Southern
70Fua, Sione DT6-13106/15/19884Stanford
18Gabriel, Taylor WR5-81672/17/1991RAbilene Christian
21Gilbert, Justin DB6-020211/7/1991ROklahoma State
39Gipson, Tashaun DB5-112058/7/19903Wyoming
77Greco, John T6-43183/24/19857Toledo
23Haden, Joe DB5-111954/14/19895Florida
10Hartley, Garrett K5-81955/16/19866Oklahoma
16Hawkins, Andrew WR5-71803/10/19864Toledo
6Hoyer, Brian QB6-221510/13/19856Michigan State
93Hughes, John DT6-23204/27/19883Cincinnati
47Hughlett, Charley LS6-42515/16/1990RCentral Florida
40James, Kendall CB5-111806/29/1991RMaine
58Kirksey, Chris LB6-22358/31/1992RIowa
67Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily NT6-13308/24/19883Kent State
99Kruger, Paul DE6-42702/15/19866Utah
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
60McDaniel, Jacobbi DT6-029310/8/1989RFlorida State
68McDonald, Nick G6-43056/27/19872Grand Valley State
79McDonald, Andrew T6-63109/8/19881Indiana
74McQuistan, Paul (FA) T6-63154/30/19839Weber State
66Meder, Jamie DT6-23064/12/1991RAshland
51Mingo, Barkevious DE6-424010/4/19902Louisiana State
15Moore, Marlon WR6-01909/3/19875Fresno State
42Nelson, Robert DB5-91752/16/1990RArizona State
69Painter, Vinston T6-430910/11/19891Virginia Tech
31Pellerin, Micah DB6-019211/23/19882Hampton
96Pough, Keith OLB6-32252/5/1990RHoward
33Poyer, Jordan DB6-01914/25/19912Oregon State
53Robertson, Craig LB6-12342/11/19883North Texas
71Rubin, Ahtyba NT6-23257/25/19867Iowa State
72Schwartz, Mitchell T6-53206/8/19893California
62Seymour, Ryan G6-43052/7/19901Vanderbilt
9Shaw, Connor QB6-12109/19/1991RSouth Carolina
97Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32645/10/19894Pittsburgh
22Skrine, Buster DB5-91854/26/19894Tennessee-Chattanooga
83Smith, Rodney WR6-52203/11/19902Florida State
87Smith, Andre TE6-52709/26/19882Virginia Tech
54Solomon, Scott DE6-326211/5/19882Rice
 Sonie, Varmah DB5-91667/8/19901Northern Iowa
1Spear, Carey K5-91941/5/1992RVanderbilt
98Taylor, Phillip DT6-33354/7/19884Baylor
4Thigpen, Tyler QB6-12164/14/19845Coastal Carolina
73Thomas, Joe T6-631212/4/19848Wisconsin
67Tupou, Christian DT6-23005/7/1989RUSC
28West, Terrance RB5-92251/28/1991RTowson
31Whitner, Donte DB5-102087/24/19859Ohio State
36Williams, K'Waun DB5-91837/12/1991RPittsburgh
90Winn, Billy DT6-43004/15/19893Boise State
41Winston, Glenn RB6-22204/29/1989RNorthwood
57Yount, Christian LS6-12507/8/19884UCLA
Suspended Players
12Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Baylor
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Cleveland6-4313.16-2296.725.62233
 
 
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Position Listing
Vinston Painter
News
The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Tyler Thigpen
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Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen saw his first action of the season in Week 15 against the Seahawks. He came on for starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter and completed 3 of 5 passes for 30 yards in the 50-17 loss.
Phillip Taylor
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The worst news for the Browns is that tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) is out Sunday against Houston and could be done for the season, and defensive tackle Phillip Taylor (knee) is out for the year. But aside from special teams player Johnson Bademosi (concussion) being ruled out for the game against the Texans, the team is relatively healthy.

An exception could be safety Tashaun Gipson (concussion), who is questionable. The probables are defensive end Desmond Bryant (wrist), wideout Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee), linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and defensive tackle Billy Winn (toe).

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Micah Pellerin
News
The Cowboys have promoted cornerback Micah Pellerin from their practice squad. He will be active for the Sunday night clash against the Giants.

Pellerin has played in five career games, but none this season.

Travis Benjamin
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With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. ESPN.com notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Garrett Hartley
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Browns new placekicker Garrett Hartley received no opportunities upon his arrival in Week 15, but knocked down both chances Sunday at Carolina.

Hartley booted a 43-yarder to tie the game early in the second quarter and added a 31-yarder late in the third. He also nailed his lone extra point attempt.

Paul McQuistan
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The Browns have terminated the contract of offensive lineman Paul McQuistan, who appeared in 14 games with one start in 2014. 

A 10-year NFL veteran, McQuistan was taken in the third round by the Raiders in the 2006 NFL draft. McQuistan has also spent time with the Jaguars and Seahawks. With Seattle, McQuistan earned 40 starts in 48 games played from 2011-2013. 

Travis Coons
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The Titans waived kicker Travis Coons to make room for newly-signed Ryan Succop, reports the Tennessean.
Glenn Winston
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The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Shaun Draughn
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The Browns have signed running back Shaun Draughn, a source has told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Draughn has played in just one game this season with 19 yards on 10 carries. The Browns are looking for depth in the backfield after releasing Ben Tate and the struggles of rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell in Week 13 at Buffalo.

Kendall James
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The Chargers have waived guard Jeff Baca from their active roster and cornerback Kendall James from their practice squad.

Baca was released by Dallas in mid-November and played in just one game for San Diego.

Paul Kruger
News
The Browns have cleared all their probables for the Sunday game against Indianapolis. That group includes linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (illness), as well as center Nick McDonald (ankle/knee).

Nick McDonald
News
The Browns have cleared all their probables for the Sunday game against Indianapolis. That group includes linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) and Paul Kruger (illness), as well as center Nick McDonald (ankle/knee).

Spencer Lanning
News
Tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) is not the only Browns player listed as questionable for the Sunday game against Baltimore. Second-year linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) has received the same designation.

All the other Browns on their Friday injury report aside from shelved running back Ben Tate (knee) are probable. They are wide receiver Travis Benjamin (knee), defensive ends Desmond Bryant (wrist) and John Hughes (hamstring), punter Spencer Lanning (shoulder), offensive lineman Paul McQuistan (ankle) and cornerback Buster Skrine (thumb).

Josh Gordon
News
The Browns reportedly told wide receiver Josh Gordon in writing multiple times he was late for team meetings or functions, according to Cleveland.com.

The NFLPA has filed a grievance on Gordon's behalf to receive the game check he would have been paid if not suspended, approximately $48,564. Other than the game check, the suspension prohibited Gordon from playing his game of the season and prevented him from being able to hit unrestricted free agency.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended indefinitely.
Robert Nelson
News
The Browns listed cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game at Carolina. Haden was able to practice Friday on a limited basis.

Also listed as questionable are Gary Barnidge (ribs), Marlon Moore (knee), Robert Nelson (hamstring) and Jabaal Sheard (foot).

The Browns ruled K’Waun Williams (hamstring) and Tashaun Gipson (knee) as out. Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (illness) is the only player listed as probable.

The Browns are 3 ½ point underdogs to the Panthers.

Charley Hughlett
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

John Greco
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Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday offensive lineman John Greco will likely start at center and offensive lineman Paul McQuistan will start at right guard Week 7 at Jacksonville. The starting lineup along the offensive line is undergoing changes in the wake of center Alex Mack's leg injury. 
Carey Spear
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The Eagles trimmed their roster to 76 players Saturday, as they announced the waiving of 14 players.

Among those waived are: wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; linebacker Jake Knott; defensive backs Daytawion Lowe and Davon Morgan; defensive linemen Joe Kruger, Frances Mays and Alejandro Villanueva; and kicker Carey Spear.  

The team still has to make one more cut before Tuesday. 

Calvin Barnett
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Justin Gilbert
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Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert had a tough time adjusting the NFL in his first season.

His maturity was a concern throughout his rookie campaign, with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam saying Gilbert needed to "grow up" recently. However, coach Mike Pettine was a little more forgiving to Gilbert when speaking to reporters at the NFL combine on Wednesday.

"It's more than that," Pettine said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I don't want to get into it. It's very personal and I'm not going to get into details about it."

Gilbert was suspended for Cleveland's season-finale due to tardiness. His on-field performance didn't help as he did not seem ready for early playing time. He finished the year with 29 tackles and one interception.

Chris Kirksey
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Browns rookie linebacker Chris Kirksey managed a breakthrough game Sunday at Jacksonville despite the team's lopsided loss.

Kirksey led the team with a career-best seven solo tackles and registered one of their two sacks. It was his first sack since the season opener.

Donte Whitner
News
Mike Pettine has expressed good news on the injury and illness front for the Browns.

He said that linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee), who has missed the last three games, is on the verge of returning, and that safety Donte Whitner (illness) has returned to practice. Pettine added that tight end Gary Barnidge (ribs) is getting closer to a comeback and he's optimistic that free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) will be back to game action at some point this season.

Johnson Bademosi
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The Browns ruled Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Marlon Moore (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Karlos Dansby (knee) was the only player deemed doubtful, while Jabaal Sheard (foot) and Johnson Bademosi (concussion) were labeled questionable on Cleveland's final injury report for Week 12.

Meanwhile. the following players were ruled as probable: Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), Ahtyba Rubin (knee) and Desmond Bryant (wrist).

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.

Keith Pough
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The Browns have officially activated wide receiver Josh Gordon and added him to the 53-man active roster, per the team's official website. In a corresponding move, the team waived linebacker Keith Pough.

Gordon served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was arguably one of the top wideouts of the 2013 season, racking up 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. He'll make his season debut on Sunday against Atlanta.

Barkevious Mingo
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Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo said that his shoulder is feeling "so good" after undergoing surgery earlier this offseason, according to the team's website.

Mingo added that he felt like he was playing the entire 2014 season with a sling on his left arm and that he couldn't even lift the arm above his head while wearing shoulder pads. He insisted he could still produce on the field and postponed the surgery until the offseason.

"We don’t want to make excuses for a guy," coach Mike Pettine said. "But this is a guy that could have shut it down. He decided to go ahead and play with the harness. To me, that’s a credit to him. There’s a level of consistency that he needs to achieve, but I think for the most part that he trended upward as the season went on as he got a little bit more comfortable in the role."

Pettine indicated that Mingo is progressing well enough that the linebacker might be able to participate in OTAs in April.

K'Waun Williams
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Four key Browns defenders deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Baltimore are ready to roll. Included are cornerbacks Joe Haden (shoulder) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring). The others are end Desmond Bryant (thumb) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot).

Taylor Gabriel
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With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. ESPN.com notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Jim Dray
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Rather than play a standout role, Browns wideout Josh Gordon merely led a small group of minor contributors to a Sunday loss against the host Panthers.

Gordon finished with four catches for 45 yards. Also chipping in were tight end Jim Dray and wideout Taylor Gabriel, both of whom caught just one short pass.

Ishmaa'ily Kitchen
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The Browns made it official, placing rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve along with defensive lineman Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (leg). Cleveland activated defensive lineman John Hughes (knee) from short-term injured reserve and signed long snapper Charley Hughlett.
Injury
Leg - Out for the season
Armonty Bryant
News
Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant, who tore his ACL on Oct. 12, against the Steelers, is "right on schedule with his recovery," reports the team's website.

"He’s been performing numerous jumping exercises, pushing sleds and even jogging only four months after the knee injury," the report added. The 24-year-old posted 11 tackles and a sack in five games last season.

Ryan Seymour
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

Billy Winn
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Five key Browns players designated as probable for their Week 11 game against visiting Houston have received the thumbs-up for action. They are defensive linemen Billy Winn (toe) and Desmond Bryant (wrist), wideout Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee), center Nick McDonald (calf) and linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder).
Alex Mack
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Browns coach Mike Pettine said center Alex Mack is on track with his rehab process and should be able to return to the practice field for spring activities, via the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Mack's season ended early after breaking his leg in a game against the Steelers last October. After initially hoping that Mack could return after eight to 10 weeks, the Browns were forced to put Mack on season-ending injured reserve after surgery.

Until this year, Mack never missed a start in five seasons. Due to his broken leg, Mack sat out 11 games in 2014.

Karim Barton
News
The Browns signed quarterback Connor Shaw, linebackers Justin Staples and Keith Pough, offensive linemen Patrick Lewis and Karim Barton, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi and receiver Charles Johnson to their practice squad.
Joe Haden
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Browns cornerback Joe Haden is set to make $8.3 million in base salary in 2015, which became fully guaranteed Wednesday, according to CBSSports.com's Joel Corry.

Haden totaled 73 tackles and three interceptions in 2014 and has 16 interceptions with 251 tackles in his five-year career in Cleveland. Haden signed a contract extension before the 2014 season and is under contract through 2019.

Jim Leonhard
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Despite having a strong season and landing a starting job in the absence of injured Donte Whitner, Browns safety Jim Leonhard has told the Akron Beacon Journal that he still plans on retiring at the end of the year.

The 32-year-old Leonhard contributed seven tackles, one interception and a sack Sunday in the loss to Indianapolis.

Craig Robertson
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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). 
Terrance West
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Browns general manager Ray Farmer spoke highly of rookie running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, but indicated that Cleveland will look to adding more backs this offseason, per NFL.com. Farmer would not reveal whether he would add through free agency or the draft.

The role of both backs fluctuated during the season, especially after the team released Ben Tate. Crowell ran for 607 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, while West rushed for 673 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2014.

Jabaal Sheard
News
Four key Browns defenders deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Baltimore are ready to roll. Included are cornerbacks Joe Haden (shoulder) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring). The others are end Desmond Bryant (thumb) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot).

Mitchell Schwartz
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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
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With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. ESPN.com notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Gary Barnidge
News
The Browns listed 11 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Baltimore. Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and Ryan Seymour (hamstring) were ruled out, while quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder, bicep) was deemed doubtful for Sunday.

Gary Barnidge (rib), Desmond Bryant (thumb), Joe Haden (shoulder), Andrew Hawkins (thumb), Jabaal Sheard (foot), Ryan Taylor (elbow) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring) were designated as questionable. Marlon Moore (knee) was the only player on the report labeled probable.

Andrew McDonald
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

Ahtyba Rubin
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

Injury
Ankle - Missed Week 17 at Baltimore
Brian Hoyer
News
With the Browns destined to find a starting quarterback, general manager Ray Farmer told reporters on Thursday that he's done a cost-benefit analysis on trading up for a quarterback, reports the Plain Dealer. The Browns have the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft.

"Coach (Mike) Pettine has articulated that he wants a starter, so we have to find him a starter," Farmer said.

Farmer was noncommittal when asked whether he believed Johnny Manziel could be the No. 1 come next season. Farmer has spoken to Manziel twice by phone since Manziel checked into rehab.

Farmer wouldn't reveal if he has met with Brian Hoyer's representatives, as well. Hoyer beat out Manziel as the starter last season, but lost his job late in the year. He is expected to become free agent in March.

"Just because a player didn't succeed in one place doesn't mean he won't succeed in another," Farmer said, when asked of the free agency pool.

Injury
Right shoulder, biceps - Missed Week 17 at Baltimore
Desmond Bryant
News
Four key Browns defenders deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Baltimore are ready to roll. Included are cornerbacks Joe Haden (shoulder) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring). The others are end Desmond Bryant (thumb) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (foot).

Jamie Meder
News
The Browns announced several roster moves on Saturday, per FOX Sports Ohio. The team promoted quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive lineman Jamie Meder from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. In a corresponding move, Cleveland waived linebacker Eric Martin and tight end Ryan Taylor.
Isaiah Crowell
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Browns general manager Ray Farmer spoke highly of rookie running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, but indicated that Cleveland will look to adding more backs this offseason, per NFL.com. Farmer would not reveal whether he would add through free agency or the draft.

The role of both backs fluctuated during the season, especially after the team released Ben Tate. Crowell ran for 607 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, while West rushed for 673 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 3.9 yards per carry in 2014.

Sione Fua
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The Browns announced they put defensive end Armonty Bryant (knee) on injured reserve and signed defensive lineman Sione Fua. Fua was among the Broncos' final preseason cuts.
Jordan Cameron
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Impending free agent tight end Jordan Cameron is not interested in returning to the Browns, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Cameron, 26, is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he was limited to 24 catches for 424 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2013, Cameron broke out for 80 grabs, 917 yards and seven scores.

The Browns' offense is in total flux with receiver Josh Gordon suspended, quarterback Johnny Manziel in rehab, quarterback Brian Hoyer a free agent, and a change in coordinators.

Miles Austin
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With wideout Josh Gordon facing a one-year suspension, the Browns are dangerously thin at receiver entering 2015. ESPN.com notes the Browns have two returning slot receivers in Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel and "an undersized situational receiver" in 5-10 Travis Benjamin.

Miles Austin is scheduled for unrestricted free agency after catching 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Tight end Jordan Cameron also is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Hawkins, a 5-7, 180-pounder, led the team with 63 grabs for 824 yards, with two touchdowns. Cleveland failed to add a wideout in last year's draft but almost certainly must address the position in the 2015 draft.

Injury
Kidney - IR. Out for season
John Hughes
News
The Browns made it official, placing rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel (hamstring) on injured reserve along with defensive lineman Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (leg). Cleveland activated defensive lineman John Hughes (knee) from short-term injured reserve and signed long snapper Charley Hughlett.
Karlos Dansby
News
Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby had some choice words for troubled cornerback Justin Gilbert on Monday, according to the Plain Dealer on Monday. Gilbert was demoted on the depth chart by fourth-round pick Pierre Desir because of issues in practice and off the field.

"I don't know if he can make the transition," Dansby said. "It has to be within him. He has to look in the mirror and do that himself. I can only give him the keys. I can't make him drive."

Gilbert. the No. 8 overall selection in this year's draft out of Oklahoma State, has started only two of 14 games this season. He has totaled only 29 tackles and one interception while playing 375 snaps.

"It's tough man, it's tough," Dansby said. "It's not college. In college you have two or three years where you can play around. This is real life. Lot of people out here are fighting for jobs and fighting to feed their families. Justin is trying to make a transition and it's not easy, man, it's not easy. ... One of the hardest things to do at this level is be consistent.

"You'll have a guy come in and play two or three years and be out of the league and you'll never hear from him again. There are so many first-round picks that have done that. Second-round picks that came in for two or three years because they couldn't make the transition and were out of the league."

Rodney Smith
News
The battered Browns list three injured players on their inactive list for their Sunday game at Carolina, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder). Also hurt and out are fellow corner K'Waun Williams (hamstring) and tight end Gary Barnidge (rib).

The healthy scratches are wideout Rodney Smith , running back Glenn Winston and offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Andrew McDonald.

Joel Bitonio
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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.

Jordan Poyer
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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.

Michael Bowie
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The Browns placed linebacker Darius Eubanks and offensive lineman Michael Bowie on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players had shoulder surgery this month.
Kevin Cone
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The Buccaneers announced several roster moves on Monday, via the team's official website. 

The team signed fullback Lonnie Pryor and defensive end George Uko to the practice squad. They also released wide receiver Kevin Cone and running back Jeff Demps.

Christian Tupou
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With Johnny Manziel (hamstring) sidelined for the season finale and Brian Hoyer's (shoulder, bicep) status up in the air, the Browns signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen, according to CBSSports.com Jason La Canfora on Tuesday.

The team announced the move, waiving fullback Ray Agnew and signed defensive lineman Christian Tupou to the practice squad.

If Hoyer is unable to play, the Browns could turn to Connor Shaw Week 17 against Baltimore. According to La Canfora, Thigpen will be the No. 2 quarterback if Hoyer can't play.

Thigpen played with the Browns in the preseason before getting cut on Aug. 12. He has not made an appearance since 2012 with the Bills, and has not made a start since 2010 with the Dolphins.

Jacobbi McDaniel
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The Browns waived defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel and re-signed tight end Gerell Robinson.
Andre Smith
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Bengals running back Giovani Bernard is the most notable player listed as probable on Cincinnati's final injury report for Week 12 against Houston. He joins Wallace Gilberry (back), Terence Newman (knee), Cedric Peerman (hip), Mike Pollak (knee), Andre Smith (ankle) and Kevin Zeitler (calf) on the list.

Meanwhile, Vontaze Burfict (knee) and Margus Hunt (ankle) were the only two players ruled out for the game.

Christian Yount
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The Browns have listed nine players on the injury report Week 1.

Both Paul McQuistan and John Hughes have been ruled out for the contest. Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant has been listed as doubtful. 

The team did list five players as probable. Cornerbacks Pierre Desir, Joe Haden and Buster Skrine should all be good to go. So will safety Jim Leonhard, linebacker Eric Martin and long-snapper Christian Yount

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Joe Thomas
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Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas has made no secret that he supports the decision of Mike Pettine to continue starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback Sunday against Indianapolis.

Thomas indicated that his team, which remains in the playoff hunt, would not maximize its postseason hopes with a rookie such as Johnny Manziel running the team.

"Certainly when you start throwing guys in there, trying to see what they can do, the message is we're already playing for next year," Thomas told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Phil Bates
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

Darius Eubanks
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The Browns placed linebacker Darius Eubanks and offensive lineman Michael Bowie on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players had shoulder surgery this month.
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Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Scott Solomon
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The Browns have placed safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve, reports ESPN.

Gipson has been bothered by a knee injury and has not played since Nov. 23. To replace Gipson on the roster, the Browns elevated linebacker Scott Solomon from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. 

Pierre Desir
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Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby, tight end Jordan Cameron, wide receiver Marlon Moore, wide receiver Rodney Smith, cornerback Pierre Desir, cornerback Robert Nelson and offensive lineman Vinston Painter were all ruled inactive Week 12 at Atlanta.
Marlon Moore
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The Browns listed 11 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Baltimore. Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and Ryan Seymour (hamstring) were ruled out, while quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder, bicep) was deemed doubtful for Sunday.

Gary Barnidge (rib), Desmond Bryant (thumb), Joe Haden (shoulder), Andrew Hawkins (thumb), Jabaal Sheard (foot), Ryan Taylor (elbow) and K'Waun Williams (hamstring) were designated as questionable. Marlon Moore (knee) was the only player on the report labeled probable.

Connor Shaw
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New Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, introduced at a news conference Thursday, stopped way short of committing to Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback. "We're not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building or not," DeFilippo said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Manziel did not impress as a rookie. In five games, including two starts, he completed 18 of 35 throws for 175 yards and no touchdowns with two interceptions. Manziel ran nine times for 29 yards and a score.

Brian Hoyer is about to hit free agency, and undrafted rookie Connor Shaw is the only other quarterback on the roster.

The Browns own the 12th and 19th picks in the first round of this year's draft. They selected Manziel at No. 22 overall last year.

DeFilippo said he's looking forward to working with Manziel and that Manziel will have a "clean slate."

Tashaun Gipson
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Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson announced on Twitter Tuesday he will not participate in the 2015 Pro Bowl as he recovers from season-ending knee surgery.

Gipson injured his knee Nov. 23 and is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. In 11 games, Gipson totaled 52 tackles and grabbed a team-high six interceptions for the Browns.

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Knee - IR. Out for season
Buster Skrine
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The Browns are hopeful they can re-sign cornerback Buster Skrine but are probably going to have to try to do so after he hits the free agent market, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Skrine had a single-season best four interceptions in 2014 and will be someone that could command a hefty price tag on the open market. The Plain Dealer reports that Skrine is expecting anywhere from $5.5 million to $7 million per season. 

The Browns should be in a good position to match an offer for Skrine. Depending on what the 2015 cap number per team is, the Browns are likely to have well over $30 million to spend in free agency. 

Johnny Manziel
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Browns coach Mike Pettine said "it's probably accurate" that the Browns are looking for a starting quarterback this offseason with so much unknown about Johnny Manziel at this time.

Manziel checked himself into rehab in early February after a troublesome rookie season on and off the field. Pettine said he visited Manziel in rehab last week and that he's in a better place now than he was before entering, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Pettine also said the Browns will still consider bringing back 2014 starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.

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Hamstring - Out for the season
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