Browns vs Steelers Wednesday NFL Injury Report


Practice Report
Wednesday G Joel Bitonio (ankle)
Wednesday CB Joe Haden (concussion), DE Randy Starks (not injury related), T Joe Thomas (not injury related), S Donte Whitner (concussion)
Wednesday S Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), QB Josh McCown (ribs), S Jordan Poyer (shoulder)
Wednesday WR Brian Hartline (concussion), WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion), QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow)
Practice Report
Wednesday T Marcus Gilbert (toe), LB James Harrison (knee), RB Will Johnson (back), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), TE Matt Spaeth (knee), S Shamarko Thomas (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (foot)
Wednesday LB Terence Garvin (knee), DT Steve McLendon (elbow), RB Isaiah Pead (knee)

Browns vs Bengals NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s the inactives for tonight’s Browns at Bengals game in Cincinnati.

Browns inactives: QB Josh McCown, WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Joe Haden, S Donte Whitner, S Jordan Poyer, WR Brian Hartline and LB Jayson DiManche.

Bengals inactives: WR Mario Alford, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Rey Maualuga, OT Andre Smith, TE C.J. Uzomah, DT Marcus Hardison, DT Pat Sims

NFL Week Nine Preview – Cleveland vs Cincinnati

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel will get a chance at redemption Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium for what was an awful outing in his NFL debut last season in a 30-0 loss to the Bengals.

Not many people are giving Cleveland much of a shot against the 7-0 Bengals, but for Manziel and the Browns they are just looking to put a full 60 minutes together after another tough loss last week at home.

“Johnny has worked hard to prepare himself,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “He is excited about his opportunity and we are all looking forward to the challenge we face in a good Bengals football team.”

The Browns with Josh McCown at QB last week led the Arizona Cardinals 20-7 at one point before the Cards came storming back, topping Cleveland 34-20 to drop the Browns to 2-6.

Now with McCown out with a variety of injuries and Manziel back under center, he’s hoping to lead the team to their third win of the year against a very good Bengals defense.

Last December in Manziel’s first NFL start at home vs the Bengals, the QB threw for 80 yards, threw two interceptions and was beaten up badly in a 30-0 loss.

Manziel needs some sort of run game in order to pull off the upset, which is asking for a lot from a team that is ranked 29th rushing, and has scored just two rushing touchdowns.

The former Texas A&M QB needs to avoid turnovers and needs a lot of help from a Browns defense that is 30th in the NFL, allowing just over 400 yards per game.

Andy Dalton and the Bengals won their biggest game of the season Sunday in Pittsburgh, beating the Steelers 16-10 after trailing all afternoon until the final minutes when the QB found A.J. Green with the winning score.

“Just the way that this season has played out, there’s times we’ve had to come back and we’ve been able to do it, and that does build confidence,” Dalton said. “If you prove you can do it, then there won’t be any doubt that you can do it again.”

At 7-0 for the first time ever, it seems that if the Bengals can harass Manziel enough into a couple mistakes, and hand the ball off a bunch to Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard, there’s no reason to think Cleveland can keep this a game for more than a half.

While Manziel will look to play better, Dalton will try to rebound from the worst game of his career last season when the teams met in Cincy.

Dalton was picked off three times while going 10 of 33 for 86 yards and a career-low 2.0 rating back on November 6th.

This time, he’ll likely have more than 86 yards in the first quarter, and the Bengals should easily roll to be the 33rd team in NFL history to reach 8-0.

Cincinnati 34 Cleveland 14

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Cleveland – Johnny Manziel 118 yards 1 rushing TD, Isaiah Crowell 39 yards rushing 1 TD, Gary Barnidge 48 yards receiving
Cincinnati – Andy Dalton 312 yards 3 TD’s, Jeremy Hill 121 yards 1 TD, A.J. Green 110 yards receiving 1 TD

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Cardinals at Browns NFL Week 8 Inactives

Cardinals inactives: QB Matt Barkley, LB Shaq Riddick, LB Alex Okafor, T D.J. Humphries, G Earl Watford, TE Darren Fells, NT Xavier Williams

Browns inactives: Austin Davis, WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Jordan Poyer, DB Don Jones, LB Jayson DiManche, TE Rob Housler, TE E.J. Bibbs

NFL Week Eight Preview – Arizona vs Cleveland

Arizona Cardinals v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Arizona Cardinals head east for the second time in three weeks Sunday as they take on the struggling Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium looking for their 6th win of the season.

The Cards were winners on Monday night at home over the now 1-6 Baltimore Ravens, and will look to take care of the Browns, who have won just twice this season against five losses.

One huge stat that jumps out in this game is how the Browns plan on stopping Cards running back Chris Johnson.

After finishing with 122 and a touchdown in Monday’s win, Johnson is second to Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman (621) with 567 rushing yards. He also leads the NFL among backs with at least 80 attempts at 5.1 yards per carry.

The Browns are 32nd in the NFL in run defense, allowing over 150 yards per game on the ground. They gave up yards in chunks last week to Rams rookie Todd Gurley in a 24-6 loss in St.Louis.

Carson Palmer is well aware of playing the Browns, as he did it for a number of years as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cards are 6th in the league passing the ball at 281 yards per game.

The Browns don’t know for sure who will be under center on Sunday, as Josh McCown was beaten up badly in St.Louis, and the team may have to got to backup Johnny Manziel for this showdown with a good Cards D.

Browns coach Mike Pettine has said that McCown will play if he’s healthy.

”That’s a credit to his toughness, his resolve,” Pettine said of McCown after he was beat up badly last week.

”But we have to know that we have to protect this guy. You can’t have your quarterback go through a game like that.”

If the Browns are going to have a shot against the Cardinals, they need to shore up their defense, which is one of the worst in the league and has allowed 24 points per game.

If Arizona can get into the 20’s in terms of points, it’s almost a for sure they will leave Cleveland with a win.


Consider that the Browns are facing an Arizona defense that ranks seventh at 223.7 passing yards allowed per game, leads the NFL with 14 interceptions and has returned three for scores.

Too much going right for the Cards right now, and the Browns season of disaster will continue with another home loss.

Arizona 27 Cleveland 10

Arizona – Carson Palmer 276 yards 2 TDs, Chris Johnson 145 yards rushing 1 TD, Larry Fitzgerald 108 yards receiving 1 TD
Cleveland – Johnny Manziel 125 yards 1 TD rushing, Duke Johnson Jr. 57 yards rushing, Gary Barnidge 41 yards receiving

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Cardinals at Browns Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR John Brown (hamstring), TE Darren Fells (shoulder), WR Brittan Golden (groin), LB Alex Okafor (calf), CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring), DT Frostee Rucker (quadricep), C Lyle Sendlein (ankle)
  Wednesday CB Justin Bethel (foot), S Deone Bucannon (elbow), LB Dwight Freeney (finger)
Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion), TE Rob Housler (hamstring), RB Duke Johnson (not injury related), QB Josh McCown (right shoulder, ribs), S Jordan Poyer (shoulder), DE Randy Starks (not injury related), T Joe Thomas (not injury related)
  Wednesday S Tashaun Gipson (ankle), CB Joe Haden (concussion, finger), LB Craig Robertson (ankle)
  Wednesday RB Isaiah Crowell (ribs), DE John Hughes (knee), QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow), WR Marlon Moore (hamstring), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring)

Cardinals vs Browns NFL Week Eight Capsule



STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 0-0 Mike Pettine: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 26-18 vs. Ravens L 6-24 at Rams
LAST GAME 12/18/11: Browns 17 at Cardinals 20 (OT). Arizona K Jay Feely kicks GW 22-yard FG in OT. Cardinals QB John Skelton passes for 313 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/03: Browns 44, Cardinals 6. Cleveland defense forces 5 TOs (2 FFs & 3 INTs). Browns RB James Jackson rushes for 2 TDs & WR André Davis adds 117 rec. yards & TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Matt Smith?, Chris Cooley, Danielle Trotta (field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 132 (Ari.), 126 (Cle.). XM: 228 (Cle.).


PASSING Palmer: 145-222-2012 (1C)-16 (T1L)-5-108.9 (2C) McCown: 147-220-1686-8-3-96.1
RUSHING C. Johnson: 111-567 (2L)-5.1-3 Crowell: 81-281-3.5-1
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 46 (2C)-622 (2C)-13.5-6 (T1L) Benjamin: 35-575-16.4-4
OFFENSE 406.9 (1C) 364.1
TAKE/GIVE +5 (2C) -6
DEFENSE 321.1 (3C) 393.1
SACKS Okafor, Rucker: 2 A. Bryant: 3.5
INTs R. Johnson: 3 (T2C) Dansby: 2
PUNTING Butler: 40.3 Lee: 48.8 (3L)
KICKING Catanzaro: 59 (3C) (26/28 PAT; 11/13 FG) Coons: 53 (11/11 PAT; 14/14 FG)


CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER has won 18 of past 22 starts. Is 2nd in NFC with 108.9 rating. Has won 9 of 13 starts vs. Cle…RB CHRIS JOHNSON rushed for 122 yards & TD last week, his 3rd 100-yard game in 2015. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 meetings (118.5 per game). RB-KR DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL rookies with 6 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec. 1 KR)…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has catch in 177 consecutive games, incl. playoffs. Since entering NFL in 2004, has 104 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs), most in NFL. In past 3, WR JOHN BROWN has 18 catches for 334 yards (111.3 per game) & 2 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD aims for 3rd in row with TD…Lead NFL with 12 INTs & 4 players have 2+ INTs: S RASHAD JOHNSON (3), S TONY JEFFERSON (2), S TYRANN MATHIEU (2) & CB PATRICK PETERSON (2). Johnson is only NFL player with 2+ INT game in each of past 3 seasons. Since 2011, Peterson is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (17) & 5+ return TDs (5). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had FR in last meeting…BROWNS: QB JOSH MC COWN was drafted by Az in 3rd round of 2002 NFL Draft & spent 4 seasons with Cardinals (2002-05). Has 2 TDs in 4 of past 5…RB ISAIAH CROWELL (888) needs 112 yards to reach 1,000 career. Rookie RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. led team with 7 catches for 73 yards last week. Ranks 2nd amongst AFC RBs with 31 catches. RB ROBERT TURBIN made 1 of 3 career starts vs. Az (12/21/14 with Sea.)…WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN has 12 career TDs (9 rec, 3 PR) & averages 45.1 yards per score. TE GARY BARNIDGE had team-high 101 rec. yards last week on 6 catches, joining HOFer OZZIE NEWSOME, KELLEN WINSLOW & MILT MORIN as only Browns TEs with 3+ 100-yard games in season. In past 5, has 29 catches for 459 yards & 5 TDs…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 53 tackles. Since 2004, is only NFL player with 40+ sacks (41) & 15+ INTs (18). Spent 6 seasons with Az (2004-09). Last week, DT RANDY STARKS had 1st sack since joining Browns.

Browns vs Rams NFL Week 7 Capsule



STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Pettine: 0-0 Jeff Fisher: 7-5
LAST WEEK L 26-23 (OT) vs. Broncos Bye (Wk. 5: L 24-10 at Packers)
LAST GAME 11/13/11: Rams 13 at Browns 12. St. Louis RB Steven Jackson rushes for 128 yards. Rams WR Brandon Lloyd has 48 rec. yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/28/07: Browns 27, Rams 20. Cleveland WR Braylon Edwards records 117 rec. yards & 2 TDs. Browns QB Derek Anderson throws for 248 yards & 3 TDs (143.0 rating).
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 138 (Cle.), 126 (StL.). XM: 230 (StL.).


PASSING McCown: 121-188-1416-8-3-94.6 Foles: 81-141-956-6-5-77.6
RUSHING Crowell: 73-272-3.7-1 Gurley (R): 55-314-5.7-0
RECEIVING Benjamin: 31-528-17.0-4 Austin: 16-144-9.0-3
OFFENSE 364.2 297.0
DEFENSE 407.3 348.8
SACKS A. Bryant: 3.5 Quinn: 4
INTs Dansby: 2 Jenkins, Johnson: 2
PUNTING Lee: 49.4 (3L) Hekker: 47.0
KICKING Coons: 47 (11/11 PAT; 12/12 FG) Zuerlein: 30 (9/9 PAT; 7/10 FG)


BROWNS: QB JOSH MC COWN passed for 213 yards, 2 TDs last week. 1st Browns QB with 2+ TD passes in 4+ consecutive games since 2007. Aims for 5th in row with 2 TDs. Has 300+ yards in 3 of past 4…In past 2 on road, RB ISAIAH CROWELL is averaging 106 scrimmage yards per game…Last week, WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN led team with 9 catches for 117 yards. Has 12 career TDs (9 rec., 3 PR) & averages 45.1 yards per score. TE GARY BARNIDGE had 3 catches for 39 yards & 2 TDs last week. 1st Browns TE since HOFer OZZIE NEWSOME in 1981 with TD in 4 consecutive games. In past 4, has 23 catches for 358 yards & 5 TDs…LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 46 tackles. Since 2004, is only NFL player with 40+ sacks (41) & 15+ INTs (18), incl. 2 INTs last week vs. Den. Only NFL player with INT-TD vs. both PEYTON & ELI MANNING. LB BARKEVIOUS MINGO had 1st career INT last week… RAMS: QB NICK FOLES has won 4 of past 5 starts vs. AFC with 11 TDs, 4 INTs & 108.2 rating…Rookie RB TODD GURLEY has rushed for 305 yards (152.5 per game) in 1st 2 career starts. Aims for 3rd in row with 145+ rush yards. Has 50+ yard run in each of past 2…WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN has 14 career TDs (7 rec., 4 rush, 3 PR). Is 1 of 2 players in NFL with rec., rush & return TD in 2015. Has 5 TDs in past 6 vs. AFC (2 rec., 2 rush, 1 PR). WR STEDMAN BAILEY had career-long 68-yard catch in Week 5. In last meeting (10/2/11 with Ten.), TE JARED COOK had 80-yard TD catch…Defense ranks 2nd in NFC with 19 sacks led by DE ROBERT QUINN (4) & DT AARON DONALD (3.5). Quinn has 8 sacks & 5 FFs in past 6 vs. AFC. Donald has 0.5+ sack in 9 of past 12. Has 7 sacks in past 7 at home. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS & DE CHRIS LONG each had sack in last meeting. Since 2009, Laurinaitis is only NFL player with 15+ sacks (16.5) & 10+ INTs (10). In past 3 vs. AFC, CB JANORIS JENKINS has 2 INTs (incl. 99-yard TD) & FF. Since 2012, ties for NFL lead with 5 INT-TDs.