Browns facility closed Friday morning as team awaits COVID-19 test results

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 1/8/21

The Cleveland Browns have not practiced this week leading up to the team’s wild-card round showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, their AFC North rival. It’s unclear if they’ll be able to do so on Friday.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Browns facility is closed on Friday morning as the team waits for results from its latest round of COVID-19 testing. 

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Kevin Stefanski, four others test positive for COVID-19, will miss playoff game vs. Steelers

By Blake Harper | Last updated 1/5/21

Kevin Stefanski has done a phenomenal job in his first season as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, helping the franchise reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002. However, the Browns will have to play their first postseason game in nearly two decades without their coach, as Stefanski is one of five members of the organization who have tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the upcoming game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Along with Stefanski, two coaches and two players tested positive and all five will not be available for the game. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the coaches are a tight ends coach and defensive backs coach, while NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Twitter that left guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge are the two players who tested positive.

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NFL world reacts to the Browns clinching first playoff berth since 2002

Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 1/3/21

The last time the long-downtrodden Cleveland Browns earned a trip to the NFL playoffs was all the way back in 2002. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was a mere seven years old. Head coach Kevin Stefanski was not even old enough to consume adult beverages legally in the United States. Let that sink in for a second.

It didn’t come without COVID-related issues threatening to derail one of the most impressive Cleveland Browns seasons in 35 years. However, the Browns were able to take out a Ben Roethlisberger-less Pittsburgh Steelers team by the score of 24-22 on Sunday. This clinched a playoff spot for an organization that’s just three years removed from going 0-16.

It really has been something to behold. General manager Andrew Berry has helped build one of the most talented young teams in the NFL. After some major struggles as a sophomore last season, Cleveland Browns quarterback Mayfield has turned it around big-time.

The end result was an 11-5 regular-season record, which is the Browns’ best record since Bill Belichick was their head coach back in 1994. Naturally, the NFL world had much to say.

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Browns OT Greg Robinson arrested by border patrol, facing federal drug charge

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Greg Robinson is in custody on Wednesday after Border Patrol agents discovered marijuana in his car at a border checkpoint, per TMZ Sports.

According to TMZ, Robinson was stopped on Monday at the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint near the U.S.-Mexico border and he remains in custody and is facing a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute.

Robinson, who started 12 games for the Browns this season, is set to become a free agent next month. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Browns never planned to re-sign him this offseason.

Browns running back Kareem Hunt got into legal trouble in January, but the officer let him go after finding marijuana in his car.

Robinson’s NFL future is likely now in question as he is set to face federal charges.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Johnson | Last updated 2/19/20

Johnny Manziel Parties Way out of Starting Job Once Again


Written by Andrew Coppens at Bloguin

Johnny Manziel was a notorious partier before entering the NFL, and that pattern earned himself a 10-week stint in rehab this offseason. However, it appears that his old habit is killing his NFL career once again.

A week after being named the permanent starter for the rest of the season by Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, the Browns have reversed course and given the job back to Josh McCown per a release from the team.

Yahoo Sports is reporting that the decision was made after Pettine and the Browns were made aware of a video TMZ obtained showing Manziel partying it up in Austin, Texas in what was being described as a “two day bender” by the second-year quarterback.

It isn’t the first time his partying ways have cost him the starting job, and the Browns have handled his health as priority No. 1 over anything else since his stint in rehab earlier this year.

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Why Wasn’t Johnny Manziel the Browns’ Starter Sooner?


Written by Joe Messineo at No Coast Bias

The Cleveland Browns used a first-round pick on Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft because they thought that he was their future at the quarterback position. Since then, though, the Browns have not always shown a willingness to invest in their future QB. Manziel has made fairly limited starts thus far in his NFL career, and so far in 2015 the Browns have gone to war most often with QB Josh McCown, a competent but unspectacular starter.

Now, at long last, the Browns have declared Johnny Manziel their starter. The only question is: what took so long?

Future Promise and a Solid Resume

Johnny Manziel has always had promise – that’s why he was worthy of a first-round draft pick. But Manziel has also been fairly impressive on the field for the Browns in his limited chances. He’s been at least as impressive as some other rookie quarterbacks that NFL teams have started in recent years, and yet the Browns have looked reluctant to start him.

This year, Manziel has a completion percentage of 59.4 and a quarterback rating of 88.4. Those are behind McCown’s marks of 65% and 95.2, but they were arguably good enough to earn Manziel an audition earlier – after all, the Browns are in the midst of a lost season. At 7-2, they shouldn’t be worrying about this season anymore. They should be worrying about the next one, and the one after that. And for the future, giving Manziel reps as a starter is the strategy that makes the most sense.

The Browns managed to ignore Manziel’s strong stat line in his game against the Cincinnati Bengals (one of a few pre-season and regular-season appearances Manziel got before the team officially committed to him as the starter). Instead, coach Mike Pettine focused on the flaws in Manziel’s game: his occasional disregard for coaching instructions, his willingness to leave secure pockets, etc.

It was Manziel’s remarkable effort in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that (belatedly) convinced his coaches to name him the starter. It’s about time.

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Fantasy Football Week 9 Projection: Browns QB Johnny Manziel


Written by Evan Massey at Bloguin

Johnny Manziel will get the start for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football against the Cincinnati Bengals. It is a piece of news that has NFL fans excited to see what the second-year quarterback out of Texas A&M can do. He has been sitting behind Josh McCown all season long, but his last start earlier this year ended in a big win and a good game from Manziel.

Going up against the Bengals’ defense isn’t going to be easy, although Cincinnati hasn’t been quite as good as the talent on their roster would suggest they should be.

Cleveland has quite a few weapons for Manziel to work with this week. They have the normal rotation of wide receivers, but running back Duke Johnson could be the X-Factor for the Browns’ offense. He has come on as a receiver out of the backfield recently and could offer Manziel a very dangerous weapon.

Now the question becomes, what kind of fantasy football projection does Manziel have for this week?

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