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August 10, 2015 04:51 PM
Browns LT Joe Thomas leaves practice with apparent injury
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas left Monday's pratice after he had his leg rolled up on by rookie defensive lineman Danny Shelton, per

Thomas had his right knee and ankle examined on the sidelines before walking off the field and into the training room. The injury is not expected to be serious, but he will undergo more precautionary tests.

"Uh, yeah, we'll know more,'' coach Mike Pettine said. "I don't think it's any serious. Yeah, normal (tests). Just getting checked.''

August 10, 2015 03:20 PM
Browns T Joe Thomas leaves Monday's practice with leg injury
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Browns left-tackle Joe Thomas injured his right leg during Monday's team practice. Thomas' leg was rolled up on by rookie defensive lineman Danny Shelton, and Thomas was immediately checked out by the head trainer on the sidelines. He was able to walk off the field, and went to the locker room for further examination.

The injury is not considered serious, but his status for Thursay's preseason opener is currently in question. 

"Uh, yeah, we'll know more,'' coach Mike Pettine said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I don't think it's any serious. Yeah, normal (tests). Just getting checked.''

August 8, 2015 01:50 PM
Browns T Joe Thomas says Manziel is ready to be NFL starter
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

Despite a below-average rookie season and a number of off-field issues, Browns tackle Joe Thomas believes troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel is ready to be a starter in the league, per

"He's really proved to a lot of people that this is important to him and he's ready to be an NFL starting quarterback,'' the offensive tackle said Friday, via the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Playing well in the scrimmage tonight and looking like an NFL quarterback is another good step in the direction that he wants to go. He's just earning that trust of his teammates that he's going to need to do if he wants to be that starter. He impressed a lot of people out here tonight.''

Manziel played well during the Browns' scrimmage Friday, completing 9 of 11 passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

June 1, 2015 02:30 PM
Browns pick Cam Erving learned offensive line by watching Joe Thomas
by Shawn Krest |

Browns first-round pick Cam Erving began his college career on the defensive line, but when Florida State asked him to switch to the offensive line, Erving had to watch tape to learn the new position. 

The NFL player he chose to model proper offensive line play was his new teammate in the NFL, Browns tackle Joe Thomas

"Man, he’s just a consistent player," Erving said, per "He’s just one of those guys where you watch his sets and you try and see what he does – his stance, his steps, his technique, how he uses his hands. It was a great example to look at. Joe Thomas is going to be a Hall of Famer one day."

June 1, 2015 03:03 PM
Browns T, captain Joe Thomas says Manziel needs to earn back trust
by Ted Leshinski |

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle and team captain Joe Thomas said in an interview with ESPN Cleveland that quarterback Johnny Manziel will need to earn back some trust with the team, per

Manziel is reportedly still in rehab but was recently spotted golfing with his father at a course in Shreveport, Louisiana.

"Obviously there's some uncertainty with Johnny right now and that's why we brought in Josh [McCown]," Thomas said. "He's a guy that if he's asked to carry the flag this year, he's going to do a great job. There's a chance we draft somebody or there's a chance Johnny comes back and he's a new person and he's rededicated to football."

June 2, 2015 05:02 AM
Browns OT Thomas: Keeping Hoyer as starter is right decision
by Marty Gitlin |

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.

June 2, 2015 05:44 AM
Browns list 10 players on final injury report for Week 9
by Igor Mello |

The Browns listed 10 players on its final injury report leading up to Week 9 against Tampa Bay. Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Phillip Taylor (knee) were the only two players ruled out for Sunday. Rodney Smith is the only questionable on the list.

Meanwhile, Desmond Bryant (wrist), Jim Leonard (hamstring), Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), Ahtyba Rubin (ankle), Joe Thomas (rest), K'Waun Williams (shoulder, neck) and Billy Winn (quad) were all labeled probable.

June 2, 2015 06:09 AM
Browns unveil lengthy injury report for Week 6
by Igor Mello |

The Browns unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 6 against Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) and defensive lineman Phillip Taylor (knee) and Billy Winn (quad) have been officially ruled out for the game.

Deemed questionable were star cornerback Joe Haden (hip), linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (ankle).

Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (wrist), tight end Jordan Cameron (ankle, shoulder), defensive back Tashaun Gipson (shoulder), offensive lineman John Greco (knee), linebacker Eric Martin (personal), defensive back Buster Skrine (thumb), running back Ben Tate (finger) and offensive lineman Joe Thomas (rest) have been all ruled probable for Sunday.

June 2, 2015 07:04 AM
Seven Packers ruled out for Friday's preseason game
by Igor Mello |

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.

June 2, 2015 07:12 AM
Five Packers to miss second preseason game
by Igor Mello |

According to ESPN, The following Packers won't travel to St. Louis for their upcoming preseason game against the Rams on Saturday: Linebacker Joe Thomas (knee), tight end Colt Lyerla (knee), wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (knee) and tackle Don Barclay (knee)

Letroy Guion is nursing a hamstring injury, which has kept him out all training camp. He will travel with the team but sit out the game against St. Louis.

June 1, 2015 08:55 PM
Johnny Manziel becomes a Fantasy sleeper as a Brown
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

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.

June 1, 2015 11:24 PM
Browns land two on All-Pro first team
by Marty Gitlin |

The Browns have landed two first-teamers on the Associated Press All-Pro team despite their 4-12 record. Tackle Joe Thomas and wide receiver Josh Gordon both earned spots. Cornerback Joe Haden, safety T.J. Ward and center Alex Mack are all second-teamers.

June 2, 2015 03:50 PM
Browns place eight probables on Friday injury report
by Marty Gitlin |

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 <span data-shortcode="annotation" data-id="396170" data-text="Willis McGahee" data-canon="Willis McGahee" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_PLAYER" id="shortcode0"> (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.

June 2, 2015 03:56 PM
Joe Thomas cleared for Sunday battle
by Marty Gitlin |

A back problem will not keep Browns tackle Joe Thomas from his appointed rounds in Week 16 against the Jets. He has been given the green light after being listed as probable. He has not missed a snap since entering the NFL in 2007.

June 2, 2015 03:58 PM
Browns list two questionable, eight probable for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns cornerback Joe Haden (hip) and wide receiver Davone Bess (personal) are the lone questionables on the injury report released by the team on Friday.

The probables are linebackers Tank Carder (shoulder) and Eric Martin (illness), running back Willis McGahee (concussion, knee), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf), tackles Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and Joe Thomas (back), punter Spencer Lanning (knee) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder).

June 2, 2015 04:01 PM
Joe Thomas: Browns shouldn't let Alex Mack walk
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas said Wednesday that it would be a huge loss to lose Pro Bowl center Alex Mack to free agency in the offseason, per the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. Thomas added that the team might then need to spend a first-round pick to fill the void.

The Browns own two first-round selections in 2014, but are expected to spend one on a quarterback and they have multiple other needs.

June 2, 2015 04:07 PM
Half-dozen Browns offensive players probable for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |

The Browns have listed six offensive players among their probables for the Sunday battle against the Bears, including premeir tackle Joe Thomas (back), backup quarterback Brandon Weeden (concussion) and top tight end Jordan Cameron (ribs).

The others are linemen Mitchell Schwartz (toe, knee) and Reid Fragel (illness) and tight end MarQueis Gray (hamstring).

June 2, 2015 04:10 PM
Joe Thomas, D'Qwell Jackson limited for Browns on Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns tackle Joe Thomas (back) and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (ankle) made rare appearances on the injury report Wednesday. Both were limited in practice, but there has been no indication that either will be threatened with inactivity Sunday against Chicago.

June 2, 2015 05:48 PM
Joe Thomas cleared for clash against Lions
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has played in 101 straight games, not missing a snap in any of them, and an elbow ailment was not about to prevent him from making it 102. He has been given the green light to play Sunday against Detroit after having been designated as probable.

June 2, 2015 05:51 PM
Browns trio probable for battle against Detroit
by Marty Gitlin |

Browns All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas hasn't missed a snap since joining the team in 2007. And he is in line to continue that streak. He has been deemed probable for the game against the Lions on Sunday despite an elbow ailment.

Also probable for the Browns are running back <span data-shortcode="annotation" data-id="517027" data-text="Chris Ogbonnaya" data-canon="Chris Ogbonnaya" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_PLAYER" id="shortcode0"> (concussion) and defensive tackle John Hughes (knee).


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