FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed defensive tackle Daniel Ross while exercising the options on contracts for receiver Allen Hurns, center Joe Looney and linebacker Joe...
Browns re-sign LT Greg Robinson after strong season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Greg Robinson resurrected his career and resolved a major problem for the Browns last season.
He'll try for an encore.
Robinson, a former high draft pick whose days in...
Fitzgerald, Brees, Kelce reward military vets with tickets
ATLANTA (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Brees and Travis Kelce are among NFL stars rewarding military veterans with trips to the Super Bowl.
Through USAA, they will be joined by Christian McCaffrey, Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Falcons coach Dan Quinn and former Browns great Joe Thomas in honoring the veterans for their service.
Fitzgerald is bringing Army Lt. Jameson Lopez to Atlanta. Lopez was responsible for coordinating more than 300 combat missions with the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces.
Browns’ Mayfield racking up awards, leading Browns revival
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's reaping rewards for his stellar rookie season.
Cleveland's cocky and charismatic quarterback was voted winner of the Joe Thomas Award — player of the year — on Wednesday by the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. In addition, Mayfield, whose play has sparked the biggest one-season turnaround in club history, was selected AFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing three touchdown passes in a win over Cincinnati.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson out with knee injury
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Right tackle Lane Johnson is inactive for the Eagles against Dallas on Sunday night.
Johnson, an All-Pro last season, has a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Halapoulivaati Vaitai will take his place in the lineup.
Starting cornerback Jalen Mills has a foot injury and was already ruled out.
Linebacker Sean Lee is among several injured players sitting out for the Cowboys. Lee has a hamstring injury and is expected to miss several games.
Chiefs’ Schwartz will return to Cleveland with streak intact
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mitchell Schwartz was chosen by Cleveland in the second round of the 2012 draft with the idea he could be the next Joe Thomas, or at the very least learn from the Browns' star offensive tackle.
Well, he did learn a lot of lessons. The biggest may have been durability.
Browns undrafted rookie to start at left tackle vs Steelers
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Months ago, Desmond Harrison was confident he'd replace Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas.
The Browns only realized it in the past few days.
An undrafted rookie with a checkered past, Harrison will open the season as Cleveland's starting left tackle — a position held down by Thomas, a future Hall of Famer, for more than a decade — on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"I'm replacing Joe, so I know how big it is," Harrison said.
Browns toying with another O-line shift with opener nearing
CLEVELAND (AP) — With barely a week left until the season opens, Browns coach Hue Jackson is still tinkering with his offensive line.
Another shift could be coming.
During a conference call on Friday, Jackson raised the possibility that Joel Bitonio could be on the move again. The team slid him from left guard to tackle during training camp to fill the cavern created when perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas retired following last season.
Cowboys Preview Capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)
New faces: LB Leighton Vander Esch, G Connor Williams, WR Allen Hurns, WR/KR Tavon Austin, WR Michael Gallup, LB Joe Thomas, DT Jihad Ward, T Cameron Fleming, TE Dalton Schultz, WR Deonte Thompson.
Key losses: TE Jason Witten, WR Dez Bryant, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Orlando Scandrick, WR Brice Butler, WR/KR Ryan Switzer, TE James Hanna, RB Alfred Morris.
Browns Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-16)
New faces: GM John Dorsey, QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarvis Landry, RB Carlos Hyde, LB Mychal Kendricks, DB Damarious Randall, QB Baker Mayfield, CB Denzel Ward, LT Austin Corbett, RT Chris Hubbard, WR Antonio Callaway, TE Darren Fells, DB E.J. Gaines, WR Jeff Janis, DB Terrance Mitchell, DL Chris Smith, QB Drew Stanton, CB T.J. Carrie.
Key losses: LT Joe Thomas, RB Isaiah Crowell, QB DeShone Kizer, NT Danny Shelton, CB Jason McCourty, CB Jamar Taylor, WR Ricardo Louis.
Browns guard Zeitler sidelined with calf injury
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns starting right guard Kevin Zeitler will miss several weeks of training camp because of a calf injury.
The 28-year-old Zeitler did not practice Thursday, one day after being hurt and walking off the field with a trainer.
"Kevin is going to be OK, but he will be down for a little while," coach Hue Jackson said. "It is unfortunate, but we will get him back. Hopefully, he'll be ready to go in the next couple weeks or so. Those things do happen in training camp."
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joel Bitonio's sliding only a few feet to his left, but it's a seismic shift for him — and the Browns.
Less than one week into Cleveland's training camp, coach Hue Jackson moved Bitonio from left guard to starting left tackle, a spot vacated when 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas retired in March.
Only days ago, offensive line coach Bob Wylie said switching Bitonio this summer to left tackle was plan "Z."
Well, the Browns went through the alphabet in a flash.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The retirement of Joe Thomas left a gaping hole at left tackle for the Cleveland Browns.
Left guard Joel Bitonio is willing, but not necessarily eager to succeed his close friend at the position.
"If they want me to do that, like, cool, whatever makes the Browns better," Bitonio said. "But I think left tackle is the toughest spot on the line, and after playing left guard for four years, going on five now, it would definitely be different.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have signed offensive lineman Greg Robinson, a 2014 first-round draft pick with the Rams.
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Robinson was the No. 2 overall pick that year out of Auburn. Robinson failed to live up to expectations with Los Angeles and was traded to Detroit before last season for a sixth-round pick.
Robinson started six games for the Lions before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
CLEVELAND (AP) — From the start, the Browns took chances in the NFL draft.
After 0-16, what did they have to lose?
Cleveland's selection of polarizing Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick was a major surprise, and the Browns followed with another shocker, taking Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 4 — several slots higher than most mock drafts predicted.
Browns enter third day of draft with 5 picks
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns will not be on the clock when the NFL draft resumes Saturday.
After picking first on both Thursday and Friday, Cleveland will enter the final day with five selections to help fix a team that went 0-16 last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2002.
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The massive hole on the left side of Cleveland's offensive line may be shrinking.
Needing to find a replacement at tackle following the retirement of perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas, the Browns used the first pick in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night on Nevada's Austin Corbett, a walk-on who turned into a four-year college starter and is versatile enough to play three positions.
Browns holding 3 picks in second round of NFL draft
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns will again pick first on Day 2 of the NFL draft.
Cleveland has the No. 33 overall pick, a selection at the top of the second round that has traditionally drawn strong interest for trades. General manager John Dorsey's phone could be active overnight before the Browns are back on the clock Friday night with the first of their three second-round picks.
New ballpark food in Cleveland, Akron makes our WTAM food chat
CLEVELAND – Baseball season is here, so that means new food at the ballpark. Bill Wills of WTAM and I chat about the new offerings.
Akron RubberDucks release extreme-menu items, new concessions for 2018
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Akron RubberDucks are beefing up the Canal Park concession offerings with a pair of extreme-menu options plus several new items.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Free agent wide receiver Deonte Thompson has signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
Thompson joined the Cowboys on Thursday, one day after veteran linebacker Joe Thomas agreed to a two-year deal and was their first acquisition since NFL free agency opened last week.
The Dallas Cowboys have made their first acquisition since NFL free agency opened a week ago.
Free-agent linebacker Joe Thomas has reached a two-year deal with the Cowboys, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been signed, and there was no announcement from the team.
Zack Bruell, Joe Thomas, Fabulous Food Show all make our WTAM chat this week
Zack Bruell, Joe Thomas, Fabulous Food Show all make our WTAM chat this week
Our weekly chat about food and drink with Bill Wills on WTAM 1100-AM covers the Fabulous Food Show being called off again, Zack Bruell getting some national attention, and Joe Thomas having a sandwich named for him.
Browns tackle Joe Thomas calls it a career
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joe Thomas joked about his former coaches, thanked many of his ex-teammates and playfully referred to himself as a mushroom.
The 10-time Pro Bowl selection commanded the room — and kept his emotions in check — until the final moments of his retirement news conference Monday.
Wisconsin Badgers great Joe Thomas retires after 11 legendary seasons in NFL
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas, has retired after 11 seasons in the NFL, ending a career in which he exemplified durability, dependability and dominance.
A 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas, 33, announced his decision Wednesday after spending several months contemplating whether to come back following a season-ending injury.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Following four trades and a flurry of free-agent deals, the Cleveland Browns are looking better.
Maybe even good enough to win a game next season.
On the day one-of-a-kind left tackle Joe Thomas said goodbye after 11 stellar seasons, the Browns took the first steps without their perennial Pro Bowler, a player who might be replaced but never duplicated.
Quotes on retirement of Cleveland Browns star Joe Thomas
CLEVELAND (AP) — Some of the reactions to Cleveland Browns star tackle Joe Thomas announcing his retirement on Wednesday, ending an 11-year NFL career marked by his durability and dominance. Thomas is one of just five players to make the Pro Bowl in his first 10 seasons. The other four are Hall of Famers.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nothing could keep Joe Thomas off the field.
The Browns' sturdy left tackle never missed a game and never missed a single snap before a freak injury ended his 2017 season. And, sadly, his career.
The face of Cleveland's franchise for more than a decade, and one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history, Thomas retired Wednesday after 11 seasons, ending a run exemplified by durability, dependability and dominance.
Browns’ Thomas says decision ‘right around the corner’
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns star tackle Joe Thomas said his decision on whether to keep playing or retire is "right around the corner."
During an onstage interview Tuesday night at an awards show in downtown Cleveland, Thomas remained noncommittal when discussing his future — a decision that has kept the Browns in limbo. The 33-year-old and 10-time Pro Bowler has been mulling retirement since his 2017 season ended prematurely because of a torn left triceps.
AP Source: Browns to sign free agent T Hubbard
CLEVELAND (AP) — As they wait for Joe Thomas' decision, the Cleveland Browns added some offensive line depth.
Cleveland Browns free agency capsule
CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-16)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Isaiah Crowell; LB Tank Carder.
Green Bay Packers free agency capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Morgan Burnett; LB Ahmad Brooks; CBs Davon House and Demetri Goodson; G Jahri Evans; LS Brett Goode; DL Quinton Dial; TE Richard Rodgers; OL Ulrick John; WR Jeff Janis.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Joe Thomas; P Jake Schum.
Kirk Cousins to Browns? Joe Thomas spends morning recruiting Redskins
There is a long list of teams expected to show interest in signing soon-to-be-former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Broncos, Jets, Vikings, Cardinals, Dolphins and Bills are among the clubs usually named.
But the Cleveland Browns, coming off the second 0-16 season in NFL history, have an ace up their sleeve.
Longtime Cleveland left tackle Joe Thomas spent Thursday morning laying out his recruiting pitch on Twitter.
The NFL’s final 4 all overcame injuries to star players
The list of players sitting out this weekend's conference championships is almost as impressive as the starting lineups: Julian Edelman. Carson Wentz. Dalvin Cook. Dont'a Hightower. Allen Robinson. Sam Bradford.
Holding: Browns tackle Thomas still undecided about future
CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future.
He's still holding.
Cleveland's star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that he's undecided about continuing his Hall of Fame-caliber career — or retiring.
Browns’ Joe Thomas still undecided on playing future
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joe Thomas has a major decision to make this offseason.
Until then, he's made up his mind about Cleveland's coach.
His 11th NFL season — and an historic playing streak — ended by an injury in October, Thomas plans to wait until after the season before deciding to continue a Pro Bowl career that will one day take him to the Hall of Fame.
Thomas suffered a torn triceps on Oct. 22 against Tennessee and underwent season-ending surgery.
8 finalists for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award announced
NEW YORK (AP) — Veterans Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis are among eight finalists for the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
Also announced Monday as finalists are Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith.
NFL’s all-injury team can rival All-Pro squad
The NFL's all-injury team may be better than the All-Pro team this season.
Aaron Rodgers behind center. David Johnson and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Odell Beckham Jr., Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver. Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert split tight end reps. Joe Thomas and Jason Peters anchor the offensive line.
Then there's Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill. Derek Carr and Jameis Winston have also missed a few games.
Browns give Pro Bowler Joe Thomas $3 million raise
CLEVELAND (AP) — Injured Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas has received a $3 million raise from the Cleveland Browns.
Thomas recently had surgery for a season-ending triceps injury. A team spokesman said Saturday that the Browns had agreed to the pay bump before Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowler, was injured and they'll stick to their plan.
Thomas will get a $1.5 million roster bonus this season and a $1.5 million increase to his 2018 salary, pushing it to $10.3 million.
Vikings’ midseason report: Second-half questions, unheralded contributors, three toughest matchups
Three unheralded Vikings
You know by now about the stars of the Vikings third-ranked defense and a running game that kept churning even after the loss of rookie Dalvin Cook. Jerick McKinnon is racking up yards and receiver Adam Thielen has brought the long-ball threat back. But what could you have missed? Below weve pinpointed three relatively unheralded reasons for the Vikings 6-2 start:
The NFL trade deadline finally featured some big buzz.
The winless 49ers acquired Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and the NFL-leading Eagles bolstered a running attack Tuesday with Jay Ajayi from the Dolphins.
The Bills, who at 5-2 are off to their best start since 1993, upgraded their receiving group by acquiring Kelvin Benjamin from the Panthers for their third- and seventh-round picks in next year's NFL Draft.
The NFLs three London games this year all have been lopsided, with two shutouts and a 44-7 score among them. Facing an 0-7 Browns team missing Joe Thomas and Myles Garrett, the Vikings should roll unless something odd happens. Prediction: Vikings 27, Browns 6.
Browns radio analyst, ex-player Dieken to miss London game
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Browns offensive tackle and current radio commentator Doug Dieken didn't travel with the team to London and will miss his first broadcast in nearly 30 years.
Dieken was hospitalized this week with an undisclosed illness, preventing him from accompanying the Browns for Sunday's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, the team's first regular-season international game.
Iron (line)man: Browns’ Thomas a symbol of steady excellence
CLEVELAND (AP) — As Joe Thomas crashed to his knees and grabbed his left arm, instinctively pulling his injured limb tightly to his body while screaming in pain, an audible gasp flowed through the crowd inside FirstEnergy Stadium.
This couldn't be happening. Not to Thomas. Not to Cleveland's unbreakable iron man left tackle.
Vikings’ Everson Griffen bummed he can’t face Browns’ ironman Joe Thomas
LONDON Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen mentioned four times how he really, really wanted to go against Browns 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas on Sunday.
Instead, hell face Spencer Drango, a second-year backup guard making his first NFL start at left tackle.
Hes a guy who should be playing guard, Griffen said matter-of-factly after Fridays practice at Hazelwood Centre, training ground for the London Irish rugby team.
No NFL team escapes injuries, but Vikings have absorbed them better than their opponents this year
LONDON The Vikings will play their fifth game of October on Sunday, as they look for their fourth win of the month after losing Dalvin Cook on Oct. 1 against the Detroit Lions.
Browns Pro Bowl tackle Thomas undergoes triceps surgery
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas had surgery for his torn left triceps, an injury that ended his consecutive plays streak at 10,363.
Thomas was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's overtime loss to Tennessee. The 10-time Pro Bowler had never missed a snap since he was drafted in 2007 before he was forced to leave the field in pain.
The Browns said head team physician Dr. James Voos at University Hospitals performed the surgery. Thomas is expected to make a full recovery.