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  Browns | Two more on NFI list    Wed Jul 23, 07:27 PM

The Cleveland Browns placed DT Jacobbi McDaniel (undisclosed) and OG Jeremiah Warren (undisclosed) on the non-football injury list Wednesday, July 23.


  Browns | Three placed on NFI list    Wed Jul 23, 06:49 PM

The Cleveland Browns placed OL Chris Faulk (undisclosed), DE Billy Winn (undisclosed) and LB Tank Carder (undisclosed) on the non-football injury list Wednesday, July 23.

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  Browns | Abasi Salimu claimed    Wed Jul 23, 06:42 PM

The Cleveland Browns claimed OT Abasi Salimu (Rams) off waivers from the St. Louis Rams Wednesday, July 23.

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  Browns | Three waived    Wed Jul 23, 06:16 PM

The Cleveland Browns placed CB Royce Adams, LB Brandon Magee and WR Conner Vernon on the no recall waivers list Wednesday, July 23.

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  Browns | Terrance West disputes reports; NFL confirms NFI placement    Wed Jul 23, 06:13 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) said on his Twitter page that he passed his conditioning test and people need to 'stop making up your own stories.' Per the NFL's official transaction log, West was indeed placed on the non-football injury list.


  Browns | Terrance West on NFI list    Wed Jul 23, 05:32 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source.

Footballguys view: West reportedly passed his conditioning test, and he's set to practice on Friday. He'll end up competing with Ben Tate to be the team's starting running back in 2014.

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  Browns | Justin Gilbert deal slowed by structure    Wed Jul 23, 02:51 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert's contract was slowed by the separation of salary into early roster bonus money in the later years of the deal. It is uncertain which side caved in the negotiations.

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  Browns | Justin Gilbert agrees to terms    Wed Jul 23, 01:41 PM

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice CB Justin Gilbert, according to sources. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but all contracts signed by draft picks are four-year contracts, according to NFL rules.

Footballguys view: Gilbert was one of the best cornerbacks coming into the NFL this year. He has a fine size/speed combination and he plays with an aggressive style. Gilbert can be a great starter for the Browns opposite Joe Haden.

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  Browns | Nick McDonald out 4-6 weeks    Wed Jul 23, 12:06 PM

Cleveland Browns C Nick McDonald (wrist) will be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a broken wrist, according to a source. The team knew about the injury before they claimed him off waivers.

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  Browns | Ben Tate, Terrance West might be great battle    Wed Jul 23, 01:02 AM

Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. 'And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like,' Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Watch this competition unfold in training camp. Tate was added in free agency after spending the start of his pro career as a talented backup behind Arian Foster in Houston. West was a third-round pick this year, and the big back produced in college at Towson. The Browns also added talented UDFA Isaiah Crowell (Alabama State, Georgia transfer) after the draft. Running back talent is not a problem for Cleveland.

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  Browns | Backup TE job up for grabs    Wed Jul 23, 01:01 AM

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray will battle for the No. 2 tight end spot during training camp and the preseason.

Footballguys view: The TE2 in Cleveland won't get much work unless Jordan Cameron goes down with an injury. Even if they get more playing time, there's not much fantasy value in either player.

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  Browns | Two competing for inside LB job    Wed Jul 23, 01:00 AM

Cleveland Browns LBs Christian Kirksey and Craig Robertson will compete for an inside linebacker job during training camp, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

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  Browns | Two competing for starting CB job    Wed Jul 23, 01:00 AM

Cleveland Browns CBs Justin Gilbert and Buster Skrine will compete for the starting cornerback job opposite CB Joe Haden in training camp. 'We weren't going to hand Justin that spot,' head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Gilbert is a talented rookie added in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He has a great size/speed combination and he plays with an aggressive style. We like Gilbert as an eventual starter--and nice fit--opposite Haden.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel to report Wednesday    Wed Jul 23, 12:59 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, with the rest of the rookies.

Footballguys view: Get ready NFL fans. Manziel is ready to take the league by storm. Expect a lot of coverage to be on Cleveland as Manziel competes with Brian Hoyer for the starting job.

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  Browns | John Greco favorite to start at RG    Wed Jul 23, 12:58 AM

Cleveland Browns OG John Greco is considered the favorite to start at right guard against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular season opener Sept. 7.

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  Browns | Joel Bitonio might start in Week 1    Wed Jul 23, 12:58 AM

Cleveland Browns OG Joel Bitonio (ankle) lined up with the first-team offense during organized team activities (OTAs), and he held the spot until he suffered a sprained ankle June 3. Bitonio expects to be ready for the start of training camp, and barring any setbacks he is considered likely to start at left guard in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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  Browns | Several jockeying for backup jobs    Wed Jul 23, 12:57 AM

Cleveland Browns OLs Garrett Gilkey, Paul McQuistan and Jason Pinkston are fighting for position in the pecking order at right guard, and one of them might even push OG John Greco for the starting job at right guard.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon to practice    Tue Jul 22, 06:40 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) will practice when training camp starts, according to head coach Mike Pettine, despite his impending suspension.

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  Browns | Claim Nick McDonald    Tue Jul 22, 05:21 PM

The Cleveland Browns claimed free-agent C Nick McDonald (Chargers) off waivers.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon won't be cut    Tue Jul 22, 11:52 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon won't be cut despite his looming suspension hearing and appeal, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Footballguys view: The Browns know that Gordon has superstar upside if he ever gets back on the field again. Gordon is facing what could be an indefinite suspension from the NFL. We hope he can get his life back on track in the near future.

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  Browns | Charles Johnson intriguing    Tue Jul 22, 11:22 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Charles X. Johnson is expected to get a chance to rise up the depth chart and challenge the older Miles Austin and Nate Burleson for snaps.

Footballguys view: Johnson is a name to keep in mind if you play in super deep dynasty leagues. The Browns are desperate for help at the wide receiver position, and there's a real opportunity in the passing game behind guys like Andrew Hawkins and Jordan Cameron.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon hearing soon?    Tue Jul 22, 11:11 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's hearing on a possible suspension is expected to take place in the next 10 days, possibly two weeks, according to head coach Mike Pettine. They're also preparing for an appeal not long after.

Footballguys view: Pettine said the Browns aren't considering cutting Gordon yet. We'll see if Gordon can get his life back on track before getting back to football--in Cleveland or elsewhere.

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  Browns | Starting QB will be named in preseason    Tue Jul 22, 11:06 AM

Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will know who is starting before the third preseason game, according to head coach Mike Pettine, though it could happen sooner. Pettine has expressed hesitation to name Manziel the starter immediately and thinks Hoyer's chances are underrated.

Footballguys view: Hoyer has the experience advantage, but Manziel has better athleticism. We'll see if the team brings along the rookie slowly. At this time, we have to consider Hoyer the frontrunner for the job.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel chatted with Mike Pettine    Tue Jul 22, 11:05 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel talked with head coach Mike Pettine, who expressed concerns about Manziel's off-field behavior. Pettine said it was a 'positive conversation' and that he doesn't feel as if Manziel's purported party activities will be a problem once the NFL season starts.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer fully cleared    Fri Jul 18, 01:46 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he's been fully cleared to participate in training camp, confirming Hoyer's belief that he wouldn't be limited.

Footballguys view: Great news for Hoyer here. He is competing with rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel to be the starting quarterback this year. Hoyer is a Cleveland native and a former high school star from the area. He's a fan favorite and looked good in three games last year before injuring his knee. We're expecting Hoyer to win the job to open the regular season. If he struggles during the year, then the team could quickly turn to Manziel.

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  Browns | Agent: Trying to help Josh Gordon    Fri Jul 18, 12:12 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he plans to meet with the team next week to discuss how they can help Gordon as he waits on his looming drug suspension. If Gordon loses his appeal, he's likely to be suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season, and he'd only be eligible for reinstatement after the season is up.

Footballguys view: Football doesn't matter right now. Gordon has to get his life back on track before he starts thinking about playing football again. The Browns have reached out to several professionals to try and get Gordon some help for his substance-abuse problems.

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  Browns | Hearing coming soon for Josh Gordon    Thu Jul 17, 10:10 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have a suspension appeal hearing soon, his agent said Thursday, July 17. However, he would not comment further.

Footballguys view: Gordon needs to get his life back on track. Football doesn't even matter right now. If he gets clean and stays clean, then perhaps he'll get back to football when reinstated by the league. Gordon is facing what is likely an indefinite suspension from the league.

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  Browns | Not close to deal with Jabaal Sheard    Thu Jul 17, 10:09 PM

The Cleveland Browns and the representation for LB Jabaal Sheard have been working on a contract extension, but his agent said the two sides are not close yet.

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  Browns | Teammate has talked with Josh Gordon    Thu Jul 17, 05:44 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden said he has recently talked with WR Josh Gordon but would not go into detail about the conversation.

Footballguys view: Gordon is facing a year-long (at least) suspension from the NFL, and he won't be playing for the Browns in 2014. The team may not release him, so if he gets clean and gets reinstated by the league he could get his football career back on track.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer does not expect restrictions    Thu Jul 17, 05:41 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he does not expect to be limited once training camp begins.

Footballguys view: Good news for Hoyer here. He's set to be the starter at quarterback, but he'll have to stay healthy and keep athletic rookie (and first-round pick) Johnny Manziel on the bench. Hoyer looked good in limited playing time last year before injuring his knee.

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  Browns | Travis Benjamin expects to avoid PUP list    Thu Jul 17, 05:33 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin (knee) said he expects to able to practice when training camp starts and does not think he will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: The Browns are desperate for WR help, and they could use a player like Benjamin if he's healthy. We'll see if he can win a reserve spot at the position (if healthy) in training camp. Benjamin does not know if he'll be able to play in the preseason.

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  Browns | Royce Adams motivated to make, help team    Tue Jul 15, 06:19 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Royce Adams recently said he wants to do everything he can to make the team and help the Browns win, adding that he has tunnel vision because he's so motivated. Adams is from Cleveland and said making the team is personal to him.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer knows he needs to compete for QB job    Sat Jul 12, 05:56 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he knows that he will be pushed by QB Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job but is looking forward to competing during training camp.

Footballguys view: Hoyer has the experience to give him an edge over Manziel to start with. However, he'll need to keep playing well if he wins the starting job and wants to keep it as the year goes on. Either way, Manziel is seen as the quarterback of the future in Cleveland. His athleticism and playmaking ability will be difficult to keep on the sidelines.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer will be ready for camp    Sat Jul 12, 05:55 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he will be able to fully participate in practice when training camp begins.

Footballguys view: Good news for Hoyer here. He'll be pushed for the starting job by 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Hoyer looked good in limited time as a starter for the Browns last year. The hometown hero should be considered the favorite to win the starting job at this time.

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  Browns | Teammate does not think Josh Gordon should be cut    Fri Jul 11, 09:10 PM

Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team should not release WR Josh Gordon, because the players and coaches need to help him out with off-field issues. 'We have to help him collectively. It's not going be one person that helps him, it's not going to be two people that help him. It's gonna come from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him - not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order,' Whitner said. Whitner said he is one of several teammates that have reached out to Gordon, who is very remorseful for what has happened.

Footballguys view: Gordon just doesn't get it--and he may not ever understand. He's got a problem and he needs help. Hopefully he does feel remorse and will take the proper steps to get his life back on track. Gordon is clearly talented, but he needs to stay out of trouble or else his days as a pro are numbered.

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  Browns | Offense to focus on ground game    Fri Jul 11, 06:28 PM

Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team's offense will be based on running the football heavily. 'I'm going to stand back and let this competition develop and may the best man win, but our offense is gonna be predicated on running the football and being physical in the run game also,' Whitner told SiriusXM NFL Radio. 'You can't just ask both quarterbacks to stand back there and throw the ball 35, 40 times a game.'

Footballguys view: It's a Kyle Shanahan offense in Cleveland. We'll see an emphasis on zone-running to set up play-action passes. Fantasy owners can expect the workload to be split between the likes of Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West. Tate's current ADP is RB28 (6.05) while West's is RB36 (8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Browns | Unlikely to cut Josh Gordon    Thu Jul 10, 01:16 PM

The Cleveland Browns are not expected to release WR Josh Gordon because of his off-field problems but have not ruled out the possibility, according to a source.

Footballguys view: If they cut Gordon, some other team will snap him up. They'll work with him, try to help him and hope they can keep him focused to reap the upside. As long as the talent on the field outweighs the chaos off it, he'll be given chances. How much longer the balance sits in his favor is not clear but for now it does. He may not play this year--perhaps longer--but right now Cleveland will stick with him.

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  Browns | Jordan Cameron contract talks may take time    Wed Jul 9, 05:39 PM

Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron's contract extension talks could last well into training camp. There is a chance the team will have to use a franchise tag on Cameron next offseason.

Footballguys view: Cameron changed his twitter bio to "passcatcher" after the Jimmy Graham appeal of being franchise tagged as a tight end was denied in part because of Graham's bio listing him as a tight end. Unless Graham's deal gets done to set the market lower than expected, the Browns will have no incentive to pay Cameron the amount he is likely looking for and instead franchise tag him at a reasonable price next year.

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  Browns | People want Josh Gordon to seek help    Mon Jul 7, 02:49 PM

People close to Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon are urging him to seek professional help for his substance-abuse issues. Gordon has been dealing with his issues since high school.

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  Browns | Have strong feelings about Josh Gordon    Mon Jul 7, 02:40 PM

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement that the team is disappointed with WR Josh Gordon's arrest, but the organization has stronger feelings about the situation.

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  Browns | Hall of Famer thinks Josh Gordon should be cut    Mon Jul 7, 02:39 PM

NFL Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter said he believes the Cleveland Browns should release WR Josh Gordon in order to get his attention and make him make changes in his life. 'I feel for the kid,' Carter said. 'My situation was very, very similar. If I'm the Cleveland Browns - and it's gut-wrenching for me to say this - I really think that the only thing that's going to help the kid is if they release him.' Carter was released by the Philadelphia Eagles when he was dealing with substance-abuse issues.

Footballguys view: Gordon has had wake up calls from Baylor and now the NFL, but football hasn't been completely taken away from him yet. Carter knows that what it took for him to straighten out, so he isn't off base here. The Browns might be loathe to get nothing for a yet another recent high pick, but it could be the only viable solution.

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  Browns | Former teammate: Josh Gordon needs help    Mon Jul 7, 12:56 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB D'Qwell Jackson, a former teammate of Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon, said on his Twitter account that Gordon is in need of help to pick up the pieces of his life. 'He needs help, he really does,' Jackson told ESPN.com. 'He needs people to extend themselves and probably have to do more than they wanted to do. But if (the Browns) care anything about the kid, they have to do it.' Two other people close to Gordon have said he has had substance-abuse issues since high school and have urged him to seek professional help. A league source believes the Browns are partly to blame because they haven't set Gordon up with a support system.

Footballguys view: Now that Gordon has run into legal troubles, a lot more people are speaking out on and off the record about his history of issues dating back to his days before college football - which ended prematurely because of those issues. Here's hoping the public pressure helps him turn it around.

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  Browns | More details on Josh Gordon's arrest    Mon Jul 7, 12:10 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone Saturday, July 5. Gordon's blood-alcohol level was .09, and he admitted to having three drinks with vodka. Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said he wouldn't comment if marijuana or other drugs were involved, but no drug charges were filed. Gordon was released on $500 bond, and he's scheduled for an Aug. 26 court appearance.

Footballguys view: Gordon's actual blood alcohol level and what sounds like cooperation with officers in the way of being forthcoming about drinking and submitting to a BAC test are mitigating circumstances, but probably not in the eyes of the league. Unless we hear otherwise, we're going forward with an assumption that Gordon will not play this year.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon urged to seek help    Mon Jul 7, 10:04 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is being urged by some close to him to seek professional assistance for substance-abuse issues that have been evident since high school, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This matches what we have heard behind the scenes about Gordon's problems predating his arrival at Baylor. At this point, he needs support and structure that the Browns won't be able to give him when he is suspended. Hopefully a player with experience turning things around like Cris Carter or Brandon Marshall reaches out to Gordon to mentor him. At this point, he has zero redraft value for 2014, and his dynasty value is dwindling.

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  Browns | Chris Johnson supports Johnny Manziel    Sun Jul 6, 10:10 AM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson supported Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel, saying he should be his own man when it comes to off the field activities. 'Be your own man,' Johnson said. 'Do what you got to do. It's the offseason. That's when you get time to do whatever you want to do and live your life. I'm pretty sure once the season gets here, he'll be all right. He's going to focus in on football. But this is the time now to where he'll be able to hang out and do some of the things you want to do. Because once the season gets here, you really have no life. It's just football and football."

Footballguys view: So long as his off-field activities don't impact his on-field performance, most will be okay with Manziel's antics. The "Get Off My Lawn" crowd doesn't like when young players have fun and aren't "all about football." The bottom line is: that stuff doesn't matter so long as Manziel is sharp in practice and on Sundays.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon may be done with team    Sat Jul 5, 05:23 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could be done with the team. Doubts are creeping up that the team may move on from him.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Gordon had trouble with substance abuse in college at Baylor and Utah. His problems have followed him to the pros, and his recent DWI arrest won't help his chances of fighting off what could be an indefinite suspension.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon arrested    Sat Jul 5, 03:01 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was arrested Saturday, July 5, for driving while intoxicated, according to police in Raleigh, N.C.

Footballguys view: More bad news for Gordon here. Already facing a likely year-long suspension, this arrest doesn't help his case. Gordon is quickly going the way of Justin Blackmon, the indefinitely suspended wide receiver for the Jaguars. We just hope he can get over the battle with his demons--football doesn't matter as Gordon needs to get his life on track.

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  Browns | Dion Lewis expects to be ready for camp    Fri Jul 4, 11:25 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis (undisclosed) said he is completely recovered from the broken leg he suffered last year and should be ready for the start of training camp. He sat out organized team activities and minicamp because of an undisclosed injury that he said was not related to his leg.

Footballguys view: Lewis is a player that shouldn't be counted out. Oft-injured Ben Tate is the starter, while rookie Terrance West is likely to be his primary backup. Lewis will compete with rookie Isaiah Crowell for a spot on the depth chart behind that. He's built low to the ground, has good burst and can make defenders miss in the open field. In a Kyle Shanahan system, Lewis could put up good numbers if forced into a larger role.

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  Browns | Dion Lewis not sure about role    Fri Jul 4, 11:25 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis said he is not sure what his role will be this upcoming season but is looking forward to competing during training camp. Lewis said he believes he has a good grasp of the new offense.

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  Browns | Some worried about Josh Gordon if out for year    Thu Jul 3, 07:01 PM

Some people close to Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon are concerned that Gordon may have a hard time getting back into the NFL if he is away from the team and his support system for a year, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This is why teams need to be allowed to have players around during suspensions, because they are the support system for these players. He's already on his last strike and the team and league need to help him avoid another mistake.

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