17. DALLAS (8-8)
LAST SEASON: High expectations, 3-0 start faded to another .500 finish under coach Jason Garrett, whose contract wasn’t renewed. Dak Prescott set career highs for yards...
Von Miller had to catch his breath after finding out he got every vote for the 2010s All-Decade Team.
Miller, Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to...
DALLAS COWBOYS (8-8)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Amari Cooper, CB Byron Jones, DE Robert Quinn, WR Randall Cobb, LB Sean Lee, TE Jason Witten, DT Maliek Collins, WR Tavon Austin, DE Kerry...
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys signed former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith on Tuesday to bolster a depleted linebacker group that lost rookie Luke Gifford to a broken arm.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys starting linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is inactive for their game against the New York Giants.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns released left tackle Desmond Harrison, who started eight games as a rookie last season.
Harrison was let go Wednesday, a day after coach Freddie Kitchens said...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As they wait for Joe Thomas' decision, the Cleveland Browns added some offensive line depth.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-16)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Joe Thomas felt the tendon detach from his elbow and roll up in his arm, and before the pain registered, the Browns' seemingly indestructible tackle realized everything had changed.
His day was over. His season done. His career in doubt.
Cleveland's iron man was finally flattened.
Thomas suffered a torn left triceps during Sunday's loss to Tennessee and will miss the remainder of his 11th NFL season, a devastating blow to the perennial Pro Bowler and winless Browns.
CLEVELAND (AP) — When all else fails, the Tennessee Titans know they can turn to Ryan Succop.
On Sunday, Mr. Automatic came through again.
"That guy's money," Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota said.
Succop's fourth field goal — a 47-yarder with 1:55 left in overtime — extended his NFL record for makes inside 50 yards to 55 straight and sent the Titans to an ugly 12-9 win on Sunday over the winless Cleveland Browns, who also lost durable Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas with a triceps injury.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The last great hope for the Browns faded Sunday.
Rock-hard and shatter-proof, Joe Thomas missed an offensive play, and he's going to miss many more.
Cleveland's iron man left tackle sustained a serious injury to his left triceps and could miss the remainder of another losing season for the Browns.
The 10-time Pro Bowler had played 10,363 consecutive snaps when he was forced to leave the field in the third quarter of a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.