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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe won't be cut    Fri Sep 4, 08:09 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe won't be cut, according to head coach Mike Pettine. Bowe played nearly the entire first half in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3, and caught one pass. 'He needed to play,' Pettine explained of Bowe's lengthy play time. 'There's no substitute for live game reps. He'd taken so few snaps during training camp, now here we are on the brink of the season and want to make sure that he is as close to game shape as possible, and that's impossible to do when you're inactive.'

Footballguys view: Bowe might remain a Brown because of his guaranteed money, but he doesn't deserve a roster spot in typical fantasy leagues.

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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe will start    Thu Sep 3, 07:04 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe will start in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3, with backups. Bowe is supposedly fighting for a roster spot.

Footballguys view: Bowe has almost never lived up to the hype nor has he found a way to elevate the dreck he's had throwing to him for most of his career. That won't change here and leaves him as a a WR5 at very best.

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  Browns | Key Browns sitting out    Thu Sep 3, 06:44 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown, RB Isaiah Crowell and WR Andrew Hawkins are among those not playing Thursday, Sept. 3, against the Chicago Bears.

Footballguys view: It's the fourth preseason game, so many top players on each team will be resting on Thursday night.

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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe on the bubble?    Thu Sep 3, 06:34 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe needs to play well tonight in order to make the final roster, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Does Bowe care? The problem with Bowe has not been talent, but motivation and focus have held him back as a pro. It wouldn't be a shock to see him get cut.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor will be limited    Thu Sep 3, 04:50 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) will be limited against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 3, as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: Whether Pryor makes the team (and there is no guarantee) or not, he's not worthy of a fantasy roster spot. We knew it might take awhile for him to show any real improvement and it seems we were right.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor will be limited    Thu Sep 3, 01:20 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) will play in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3, but is expected to be limited.

Footballguys view: Whether he makes the roster or not, Pryor is a guy who has no real fantasy value at this point.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor will play    Thu Sep 3, 10:06 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) will play in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3.

Footballguys view: Pryor is going to take some time to become a good wide receiver, and he'll be raw for a while. We wouldn't put him on a fantasy roster, but flag him to watch and see where he ends up in his development at the end of the year.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor uncertain for Thursday    Tue Sep 1, 11:03 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is uncertain for the preseason finale Thursday, Sept. 3. He might be rested if there is a chance he can aggravate his injury. 'If there's a high risk of severe re-injury, then we won't expose him to that, but if we feel he can go out there and give us quality reps on a pitch count, then I think that's best for all involved,' head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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  Browns | Brian Hartline misses practice    Tue Sep 1, 10:57 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (foot) missed practice Tuesday, Sept. 1, due to an undisclosed injury. 'Then Brian I think just got stepped on so it was just something that we wanted to go ahead and rest him,' head coach Mike Pettine said.

Footballguys view: As usual, this is just a veteran getting a little extra rest time to prepare him for the season. Hartline probably won't make much of a fantasy impact, though that is in large part because Josh McCown is so lackluster. You can add Hartline in the later rounds as a WR7 or so, but don't sacrifice the space if you can use it on someone more likely to have an impact, or with a higher upside.

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  Browns | Travis Coons wins job    Tue Sep 1, 10:53 PM

Cleveland Browns PK Travis Coons edged out PK Carey Spear, winning the battle for the placekicking job. 'Yeah, it was close. I thought both guys handled themselves very well, very professionally,' head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel doesn't need surgery    Tue Sep 1, 06:31 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) said he does not need surgery on his sore elbow. The Browns also consulted with Dr. James Andrew for a second opinion on the elbow. Manziel said he needs to ice it and should be able to throw again next week. He added that he doesn't think the sore elbow will be a problem during the regular season.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Browns here. Manziel has been bothered off and on by this elbow since his high school days. The team has said this isn't a serious issue before, and no surgery required means it will come down to soreness/pain management.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor affected by injury    Tue Sep 1, 04:38 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) isn't able to burst off the line of scrimmage as well as he would like due to his hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: Pryor is a helluva athlete, but this hamstring injury will likely keep him from making the final roster. We're intrigued by the idea of him playing wide receiver (since he wasn't going to make it as a quarterback), but we may have to wait to see him get another chance with a different team.

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  Browns | Phil Taylor released    Tue Sep 1, 04:17 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor was released Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Footballguys view: The Browns might have a decent NFL defense, but for fantasy purposes, we'd just use them as part of a committee. Taylor will most likely be remembered as the guy the Browns selected instead of Julio Jones.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel's elbow a bigger issue?    Tue Sep 1, 02:49 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) has had issues with his elbow since high school. The elbow had been flagged by one team leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a source. Head coach Mike Pettine said he believes Manziel's elbow had been included in medical reports, but that it has flared up since then. An MRI came back negative, but Manziel will not play Thursday, Sept. 3.

Footballguys view: We'll have to see how this goes. Mike Pettine doesn't seem interested in rushing Manziel out onto the field healthy or not, so the nature of the injury may not be as bad as we think. There's no quarterback here worth owning, so that's not impacted by this either. We'll watch this though, as it could have long-term ramifications for Manziel's career.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel won't play    Tue Sep 1, 02:29 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) will not play Thursday, Sept. 1, as he continues to deal with elbow tendinitis.

Footballguys view: There's no quarterback in Cleveland worth starting, and while Manziel has the best upside, the franchise isn't in a rush to get him out there even healthy. Avoid this mess.

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  Browns | Connor Shaw to IR    Tue Sep 1, 10:36 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Connor Shaw (thumb) was placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Footballguys view: This explains how Thad Lewis and Pat Devlin still have spots on the roster. No Browns quarterback has fantasy value this season, so who ends up where is nearly irrelevant. Johnny Manziel has intriguing upside, but he's banged up and head coach Brian Pettine seems determined to not start him.

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  Browns | Barkevious Mingo returns to the field    Mon Aug 31, 05:37 PM

Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (knee) participated in individual drills during practice Monday, Aug. 31.

Footballguys view: It would be a boost for the team's pass rush if they can get Mingo back in action soon. Head coach Mike Pettine said the team hopes Mingo will be ready for the start of the season.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson sitting out    Mon Aug 31, 01:47 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (concussion) is not participating in practice Monday, Aug. 31.

Footballguys view: Johnson has talent as a change-of-pace back, and he's a player worth adding in deeper leagues. Dynasty owners should already be all over the rookie runner. Johnson will go through the league's concussion protocol as he deals with this injury.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor practicing     Mon Aug 31, 01:46 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 31.

Footballguys view: It might be too late for Pryor. He made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver, but this hamstring injury has prevented him from impressing at his new position. He's got less than a week to make enough of an impression to make the final roster.

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  Browns | Cleveland cuts three    Mon Aug 31, 10:16 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Jalen Parmele, TE Anthony Ezeakunne and WR Shane Wynn were cut Monday, Aug. 31.

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  Browns | Thaddeus Lewis likely to start finale    Sun Aug 30, 07:36 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Thaddeus Lewis will likely start the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 3, if QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) can't play.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel's timetable unclear    Sun Aug 30, 07:24 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's status for the week leading up to the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears remains unclear, head coach Mike Pettine said Sunday, Aug. 30. 'I'll get the medical update today, just see what their plan is for him, when to start throwing again,' Pettine said. 'Given that the MRI was negative, we think rest will be the answer. To me, there's no need to think beyond that until we get to that point, and if it looks like it is more than that, then we'll address it appropriately.'

Footballguys view: The Browns would like to get some more tape on Manziel, but they don't to risk his season status. He is one of the best bets among backup quarterbacks to get a start this year.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor may play    Sun Aug 30, 02:39 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) has a chance to play in the final preseason game, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Footballguys view: By most accounts, Pryor is going to have to play to make the team. If Pryor gets cut, it will be interesting to see if anyone claims him because his size/speed/athleticism combination is rare and he seemed like a natural wide receiver before hurting his hamstring.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson suffers concussion    Sun Aug 30, 02:38 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (concussion) suffered a concussion during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29. He is not expected to play in the final preseason game.

Footballguys view: The Browns have said they may sign a veteran running back with Johnson banged up and Shaun Draughn also injured right now. They are one of the few teams that didn't immediately shut down any notion of signing Ray Rice. Pierre Thomas is also still out there.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson out with concussion    Sat Aug 29, 08:58 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (concussion) suffered a concussion in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 29, and will not return.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson, Dwayne Bowe start    Sat Aug 29, 07:29 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) and WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) were in the starting lineup for the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: Johnson is an exciting rookie running back to watch. He can make defenders miss in the open field, and Johnson is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Right now, Johnson is coming off the board at RB39 (8.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Duke Johnson player page


  Browns | Terrelle Pryor ruled out    Sat Aug 29, 07:07 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) will not play in the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: This is not going to help Pryor make the team in 2015.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor has 50-50 chance    Sat Aug 29, 02:25 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) has a 50-50 chance to play Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Pryor's chances of making the team might be even less. He made the switch to wide receiver earlier this offseaon as it became clear he wasn't a pro quarterback. Reports seemed to indicate that the transition was going smoothly--and then Pryor went down with this hamstring injury. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy and have dominant performances in the preseason in order to make the final roster.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor has support    Fri Aug 28, 09:16 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) had shown enough in training camp prior to injuring his hamstring that he should make the team, WR Dwayne Bowe said, and CB Joe Haden compared Pryor physically to Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.

Footballguys view: Really, it's not like there is a murderer's row of talent at wide receiver for the Browns. Pryor is intriguing enough to tempt, but don't succumb. The quarterback situation is a mess, the offense looks terrible and he's likely got a learning curve in order to just be good. Keep an eye on him, but don't put him on your roster.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel to miss rest of preseason    Fri Aug 28, 05:21 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) will miss the final two preseason games because of his sore elbow.

Footballguys view: This is more caution than anything else, though this injury seems to have been lingering. He wasn't in line to start, but this could hold him back from filling in early this season if need be. Josh McCown will start the season, and we'd avoid him in fantasy.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor could play Saturday    Thu Aug 27, 04:34 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) may be able to play in the Browns' third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

Footballguys view: We're still waiting to see if Pryor can make the transition from quarterback to wide receiver. We wouldn't have him on our rosters, but he'll be interesting to see on the field.

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  Browns | Pat Devlin signs with Cleveland    Thu Aug 27, 10:30 AM

Free-agent QB Pat Devlin (Dolphins) signed with the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 27. OL Ryan Seymour was waived.

Footballguys view: He joins Thad Lewis, Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown in the mess that is the Browns' quarterback group. If anything, this might spell doom for Lewis, though who knows what they're thinking in Cleveland these days. Really there's no quarterback here you can rely on in fantasy, though Manziel has intriguing upside. He isn't starting though, so overall, avoid this group.

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  Browns | Pat Devlin to work out Thursday    Wed Aug 26, 11:23 PM

Free-agent QB Pat Devlin (Bears) will work out for the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 27, according to a source.

Footballguys view: It's an odd kick the tires move, though it's not like the team has a lot of great quarterbacks right now. Still, even if they sign him, this doesn't change anything - avoid this quarterback situation.

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  Browns | Interested in Connor Cook    Wed Aug 26, 07:26 PM

Michigan State QB Connor Cook is already drawing interest from the Cleveland Browns, according to Cook's high school coach. Cook is expected to enter the NFL Draft next year.

Footballguys view: We should see Cook come off the board in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. His skill set is similar to that of Carson Palmer (Cardinals) because of his accuracy from the pocket. He can quickly read a defense and isn't afraid to challenge the edges.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel's injury not serious    Wed Aug 26, 06:22 PM

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) has no structural damage in his injured elbow. Head coach Mike Pettine said Manziel has been dealing with the sore elbow since high school.

Footballguys view: It's not a serious injury, but it's bothered him since high school? Manziel is going to begin the season as a backup quarterback behind Josh McCown. If McCown struggles, then Manziel might get a chance to start.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel probably won't play    Wed Aug 26, 05:05 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) isn't expected to play versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 29, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Footballguys view: This elbow problem has come up a couple of times for Manziel this month. Manziel is still dealing with elbow soreness and the Browns are taking a cautious approach.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor back at it    Wed Aug 26, 01:44 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Footballguys view: This hamstring injury could be what keeps Pryor off the final roster. He needs to stay healthy and prove that he's worth keeping around at his new position of wide receiver.

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  Browns | Tashaun Gipson returns    Wed Aug 26, 01:43 PM

Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson (calf) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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  Browns | Cleveland has close kicker competition    Mon Aug 24, 05:13 PM

Cleveland Browns PKs Travis Coons and Carey Spear have been competing for the kicker job during training camp and the preseason, but they are neck and neck at this point, according to special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. Tabor has not ruled out the team signing a veteran kicker but does not believe there is a need at this point.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson may have big role Saturday    Mon Aug 24, 05:07 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) is expected to have a significant role on offense during the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, according to offensive coordinator John DiFilippo.

Footballguys view: Johnson is an interesting rookie to keep an eye on. He's electric in the open field, and he can make defenders miss with his quickness and agility. Johnson will work as the team's change-of-pace back in 2015.

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  Browns | Joe Haden misses practice    Mon Aug 24, 05:03 PM

Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 24, but could be able to play in the third preseason game if he is able to return to practice later in the week.

Footballguys view: The Browns are going to be cautious with their superstar corner. We think they may even hold Haden out of the dress rehearsal for the regular season--aka Week 3 of the preseason.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor has to earn spot    Mon Aug 24, 04:47 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) will have to earn his spot in the final roster and needs to return to the field to have a chance to make the team. Pryor did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 24.

Footballguys view: This is not news. Pryor made the position switch to wide receiver as he clearly wasn't going to make it as a pro quarterback. This hamstring injury has bothered him through camp, and he may not be able to make the 53-man roster.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel will keep throwing motion    Mon Aug 24, 02:29 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) will keep his current throwing motion even though the team believes that is what is causing the soreness in his elbow. Manziel did not throw during practice Monday, Aug. 24, so he could rest his elbow.

Footballguys view: Manziel has been bothered by elbow soreness earlier in camp. It's interesting to think the team will not try to alter his throwing motion in an effort to keep him from feeling soreness. Expect him to have a few days off due to this ailment.

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  Browns | Josh McCown has sore finger    Mon Aug 24, 11:39 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (finger) has his right ring finger wrapped Monday, Aug. 24, due to soreness. He said it's fine.

Footballguys view: Nothing to see here people. McCown is the lead quarterback for the Browns, but if (when?) he falters then we could see Johnny Manziel get a chance to start.

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  Browns | Barkevious Mingo begins running    Mon Aug 24, 11:13 AM

Cleveland Browns LB Barkevious Mingo (knee) began running the other day, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Footballguys view: The Browns are going to be cautious with their talented pass-rusher. There's a chance that Mingo is going to be ready by Week 1 of the regular season.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel not throwing Monday    Mon Aug 24, 09:59 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) is not throwing Monday, Aug. 24.

Footballguys view: It sounds like the team is just giving him some rest here. He experienced elbow discomfort earlier this month too, so the Browns might give him a few days off. Mike Pettine said he doesn't "anticipate it being anything serious."

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel leaves practice early    Sun Aug 23, 02:17 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel (elbow) left practice early Sunday, Aug. 23, because of a sore right elbow. Head coach Mike Pettine said he does not think the injury is serious.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor continues to sit    Sun Aug 23, 11:13 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) is not participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 23.

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  Browns | Dwayne Bowe practicing     Sun Aug 23, 11:11 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 23.

Footballguys view: Bowe is getting a late start on the preseason, but he is a veteran who should be ready with little preparation. It still won't help his chemistry with his new quarterbacks, but Bowe is only really emergency depth this year in a toothless Browns passing attack.

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  Browns | Duke Johnson on the field    Sun Aug 23, 11:10 AM

Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 23.

Footballguys view: If Johnson can stay healthy through the week and impress in the third preseason, he'll have a real chance to take control of this backfield because Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West have not done it in his absence.

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