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ESPN: RB Ingram Out at Least a Month with Broken Hand

ESPN: RB Ingram Out at Least a Month with Broken Hand

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is expected to miss at least a month after breaking his hand during Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports Ingram suffered the injury in the first half. Despite the injury, Ingram stayed in the game.

Ingram, 24, had been very productive to start the season. In two games he rushed for 143 yards on 24 carries, scoring three touchdowns.

The Saints (0-2) have a deep backfield that includes Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, who have both started games in the NFL.

The Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings (1-1) Sunday in New Orleans.

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Saints Prepare for Browns

Saints Prepare for Browns

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Sunday.

New Orleans is looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2007 season and the Browns come into the losing their last eight in a row.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees went 29 for 42 with 333 yard with a touchdown and an interception in the 37-34 loss to Atlanta last week.

“We don’t feel like it’s doomsday, but there is a sense of urgency to get better,” Brees said this week.

“Biggest thing on the road is communication,” Brees continued.  “I feel like we’ve got a pretty good system when it comes to that, but it’s always a challenge.”

Cleveland last won their home opener in 2004 and quarterback Brian Hoyer knows the Saints defense will be tough to beat.

“For me, I try to get rid of the ball relatively quick,” Hoyer said of the Saints defense.  “I think it has to do with your preparation and knowing what the defense is trying to do. Against a team that is coached by Rob Ryan, sometimes that’s hard because he can try to confuse you, so you really have to be on top of your game preparation and see as many looks as you can and then try to take that to the field.”

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Suspended Browns’ Receiver Josh Gordon to Sell Cars During the Season

Suspended Browns’ Receiver Josh Gordon to Sell Cars During the Season

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s suspended for the entire 2014 season, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has found a new job…selling cars.

Gordon will serve as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio, according to ESPN. He will work a 40-hour week in all aspects of the Randolph, Ohio-based dealer group’s car business.

The 23-year-old Gordon is one of the most talented players in the NFL, and even led the league in receiving last season despite playing just 14 games.

“He’s going to put his time in,” Jeff Sarchione, who co-owns a dealership in Randolph, told cleveland.com. “He’ll be everything from a salesman to attaching himself at the hip with my brother and I just learning the automotive business from top to bottom.”

Gordon was suspended the entire season for once again violating the league’s drug policy.

“We’re just finding that out as well,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. “That’s something I don’t really want to get into because I want to discuss the guys that are here … Internally we want what’s best for him. We just hope for that to occur.”

Last season, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

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ESPN: Manziel Fined $12K

ESPN: Manziel Fined $12K

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline during a preseason game Monday night, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The incident occurred after Manziel threw an incompletion in the third quarter of the Browns 24-23 loss to the Redskins.                                                                                                                                                 

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt says the rookie hasn’t decided whether to appeal the fine.                                                                                                                                                  

The 21-year-old Manziel, who was recently beat out by teammate Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, was selected with the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft.

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Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter over Manziel

Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter over Manziel

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — The Cleveland Browns announced that Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback entering the 2014 season on Wednesday.

Hoyer and Johnny Manziel were in a quarterback competition all camp and preseason, but Hoyer’s veteran experience is what put him over the top.

“He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

The announcement comes after the No. 22 pick in this year’s draft gave the middle finger to fans during their Monday night game against Washington.

“I need to earn everything for me to get in,” said Manziel.. “Nothing should be given to me, I completely understand that. I need to continue to come in here every day and get better and be around these guys and let them know who I am and how I am.” Coach Mike Pettine said after Wednesday’s practice that there are no plans to develop a package of plays for Manziel, who starred at Texas A&M but has been slow to adjust to playing under center and learning a new playbook. Manziel said the coach gave him no reason for the decision.”

Hoyer has only four starts in his career and completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards on Monday night.

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Manziel Flips the Bird in Preseason Loss

Manziel Flips the Bird in Preseason Loss

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — It was not a good night for the Cleveland Browns offense, and the frustration showed when backup quarterback Johnny Manziel flipped the bird to the Washington Redskins sideline late in a 24-23 preseason loss.

The incident occurred late in the third quarter after an incomplete pass in front of the Washington bench. As Manziel trotted back across the field, he raised his right hand and extended his middle finger in the direction of his opponents. The rookie admitted post-game that he exchanged words with the bench, and he should have responded better.

“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” said Manziel.

While the play was not flagged, Manziel is subject to a fine of $11,025 from the NFL.  He can appeal the fine and have it limited to 25 percent of a weekly check, roughly $6,200.

Manziel, like the entire Cleveland offense, struggled last night, going 5-for-13 with only 49 passing yards. The rookie did however connect with Dion Lewis for a short touchdown pass as the Browns fought to come back.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 4 (54-70) – New York Mets 1 (59-67)

Washington Nationals 5 (70-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (53-72) 11 Innings

Atlanta Braves 7 (65-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-61)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (55-70) – Seattle Mariners 1 (67-57)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (73-50) – Boston Red Sox 2 (56-68) 

Baltimore Orioles 8 (71-52) – Chicago White Sox 2 (59-66)

Kansas City Royals 6 (69-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (55-68)

St. Louis Cardinals 6 (67-57) – Cincinnati Reds 5 (61-64) 10 Innings

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Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Elsa/Getty Images(DETROIT) — It wasn’t the most glamorous of debuts, but Johnny Manziel raised some eyebrows in his first NFL preseason game. The rookie quarterback played four series for Cleveland in a 13-12 loss at Detroit on Saturday night. 

While completing 7-of-11 pass attempts for 63 yards, Manziel also rushed for 27 yards on six carries. His longest of the night, a 16-yard scamper, gave fans a glimpse into the possible future of “Johnny Football” in the NFL. 

“For me it was a good start,” Manziel said. “Have to start somewhere and set a foundation.”

Brian Hoyer got the starting nod for Cleveland and was 6-of-11 for 92 passing yards, leading a pair of drives that resulted in field goals. Hoyer, who was the starter last year for the Browns, has not voiced a concern about potentially losing his job to Manziel.

“That decision has not been made yet,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine. However, a source has told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman there is a “very good chance” Manziel starts next week against Washington.

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Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Josh Gordon Arrested for DWI

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continues to find himself in trouble. Already facing a possible year-long ban, Gordon was arrested Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, and charged with driving while impaired.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that Gordon was taken into custody after going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone around 3 a.m. Saturday. While no official word was given as to whether the impairment was alcohol or drug related, WNCN in Raleigh reported that the wide out’s blood-alcohol level was .09. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.

Gordon was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 26. Neither Gordon, nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus, had a comment on the arrest.

“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation. We will comment further at the appropriate time,” Brown general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement.

The 23-year-old could be banned for the entire upcoming season after failing a second drug test. Gordon was suspended four games in 2013 for what he said was the use of codeine.

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Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Manziel Determined to Be Starter Week 1

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is poised and ready to be the starter come Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Manziel said at the end of his first offseason training program on Friday that he expects to be the starter over Brian Hoyer.

“Absolutely,” Manziel said.  “I want to play. That’s what anybody wants to do. Anybody that’s been a starter in the past, and been playing, they want to play,” he said. “To say I don’t want to be the starter, that would be ridiculous.

“I absolutely want to start, that’s my goal. Hopefully I can achieve that.”

Manziel credited Hoyer’s work ethic and said that he can learn a lot from a quarterback that was an understudy to Tom Brady in New England.

“What I can learn from him, from a routine standpoint, from a knowledge standpoint, and where I need to get to,” Manziel said. “When camp starts, I’ll have a better grasp of the playbook. It won’t feel like I’m brand new to everything. But still, I think everything coach Pettine said was spot on, that Brian obviously is ahead — he’s been doing this a lot longer than I have. I’m a rookie, and so I have a lot of ground to catch up on.”

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Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Mike Pettine Not Worried About Johnny Manziel’s Off-the-Field Behavior

Elsa/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the subject of media scrutiny thanks to how he’s spent his time away from the football field since getting drafted. His head coach, Mike Pettine, has no issues with how his new quarterback is spending his time off.

“I’m not concerned,” Pettine said Tuesday after the Browns minicamp practice. “I would become concerned if it was something criminal, and I would be concerned if it affected his job.”

Photos have surfaced recently of Manziel partying in Vegas and attending other events that have seen paparazzi follow him like he’s a Hollywood celebrity.

If Pettine was concerned about Manziel’s behavior this offseason, he admits it’d be hypocritical.

“I was involved with an event this weekend,” Pettine said, “and if there were cameras at certain times it probably wouldn’t have been the most flattering. We had a good time but we were responsible. When it becomes irresponsible or it becomes part of something that involves breaking the law or we feel is a potential problem. we’ll step in.”

Manziel was selected 22nd overall by the Browns.

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Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Brian Hoyer Wants to Participate in Full OTA Drills

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has been limited at the team’s organized activities, but he’s battling the coaching and training staff about when he’ll get to participate in full 11-on-11 drills.

Hoyer has spent all offseason recovering from a surgically repaired right knee that he injured in October and has been limited to just a shotgun position where defenders let up while pass rushing.

“You never want to see someone else doing your job,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “That’s the biggest thing for me. I feel I’m ready, and I know a lot of people who come back from this injury talk about the mental aspect. I think I’ve conquered that months ago.”

“So I know [the coaches and medical staff] emphasized it’s the best thing in my interest and for the team, but as the competitor in me, I want to be out there with my guys, calling the plays and running them.”

Hoyer understands the importance of being on the field with a team that just drafted former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

“My argument is OTAs, are they that important? For me, they are. This isn’t my third year in this offense. I’m trying to get out there and read plays that I haven’t ever run before,” Hoyer said.  “I understand what’s at stake. I’m not stupid. I don’t want to get hurt here and not even be in training camp. I also know how much it means to be taking these reps right now.”

Hoyer wants to start working with the offense in full drills so he can implement himself in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“The NFL is a copycat league, so some of the plays I’m running with Kyle when I was in New England we stole from Kyle just to put in our offense,” Hoyer said. “So there’s a lot of things that have carryover, but there’s certain things Kyle runs that I’ve never run before. So I’ve been begging to get those reps because I want to make the mistakes in OTAs, not when it comes to training camp.”

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Browns Sign WR Miles Austin

Browns Sign WR Miles Austin

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Receiver Miles Austin agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Thursday.

Austin provides the Browns with depth, which could be needed if star receiver Josh Gordon is suspended.

The 29-year-old Austin is a two-time Pro Bowler but is coming of an injury-filled season during which he caught 24 balls for 244 yards.

For his eight-year NFL career, Austin has 301 catches for 4,481 yards and 34 touchdowns.

The Browns agreed to terms with receiver Earl Bennett Thursday. He and Austin join Greg Little, Andrew Hawkins, Nate Burleson and Travis Benjamin as part of the Browns’ receiving corps.

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Joe Haden Is Happy to Stay with Browns

Joe Haden Is Happy to Stay with Browns

NFL via Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Cornerback Joe Haden is happy to be playing in Cleveland for five more years.

The Browns and Haden agreed to a $68 million five-year extension, which includes $45 million in guaranteed money.

“This contract only makes me feel like now I have to play like the best corner in the league,” Haden said Wednesday.

“I love Cleveland, man. I really like it here. I enjoy it here. The fans are great. I never want to just bail out on anything. I started here. They drafted me,” Haden continued. “And the fan base is one big part. The way they feel about the team and the Browns, I feel like if we can really start winning, there is no other place I’d rather play.”

The Browns selected Haden with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft out of the University of Florida.  In 57 career games, Haden has registered 13 interceptions, 68 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two sacks.

The extension will keep Haden in a Browns uniform through the 2019 season.

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Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Says Johnny Manziel Is the Backup QB

Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam Says Johnny Manziel Is the Backup QB

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While Cleveland Browns fans are greatly anticipating the start of the Johnny Manziel era, team owner Jimmy Haslam says the quarterback will not enter training camp as the team’s starter.

While addressing a luncheon in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Haslam said Manziel needs to start acting “like a backup quarterback.”

While Haslam was quick to praise his prized rookie, he also made it known that Manziel will have to beat out Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job.

Hoyer had a nice run as the Browns’ starting quarterback this past season, but suffered a torn ACL and was forced to miss a majority of the season.

The Browns traded back into the first round to select Manziel in hopes that he will finally be the answer for the team at quarterback.

While at Texas A&M, Manziel threw for 7,820 yards and accounted for 93 total touchdowns during his two seasons at Texas A&M. He also became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

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Browns’ Gordon Could Be Suspended for Season

Browns’ Gordon Could Be Suspended for Season

Jason Miller/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — One day after fans were in jubilation over the drafting of quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns may be down their top receiver this coming season. Sources tell ESPN that Josh Gordon is facing a season-l…

Manziel Drops to Browns at Pick 22

Manziel Drops to Browns at Pick 22

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Quarterback Johnny Manziel went in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he just didn’t go as high as he expected.
Manziel was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick, a pick the Browns obtained in a trade wi…

2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

2014 NFL Draft First Round Selections

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Draft Round 1:
1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
4. …

Browns Giving Vince Young a Tryout

Browns Giving Vince Young a Tryout

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) — Vince Young will be in Browns camp on Tuesday for a tryout at minicamp this week.
Young has not played in the last two seasons, but general manager Ray Farmer wants to see what Young can do with the opportunity…

Browns Match Jaguars’ Offer to C Alex Mack

Browns Match Jaguars’ Offer to C Alex Mack

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  Center Alex Mack is officially staying in Cleveland.
The Browns have matched the five-year offer sheet that Mack signed earlier Friday with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Cleveland had five days to matc…

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