BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns' training camp hasn't lacked for drama because of quarterback Deshaun Watson's NFL disciplinary case over sexual misconduct allegations.
Now, there's a new storyline involving running back Kareem Hunt — even if the head coach insists the 27-year-old's fight for an extension is “normal.”
Some notable player suspensions under the NFL’s personal conduct policy:
2022 — Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson suspended six games (accusations of sexual harassment and assault while playing for the Houston Texans).
CLEVELAND (AP) — Running back D'Ernest Johnson agreed to terms Saturday on a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns worth up to $2.43 million, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said.
Johnson, who did a nice job filling in last season when Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt were out injured, will get $900,000 guaranteed.
44. CLEVELAND BROWNS (8-9)
LAST SEASON: Perhaps the NFL's most disappointing team, the Browns fell way short of expectations after making the playoffs in coach Kevin Stefanski's first season. Quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a left shoulder injury in Week 2 and never got untracked.
Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward has been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list and will miss Sunday’s season finale against Cincinnati.
Ward was already questionable with a groin injury suffered in Monday’s loss at Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury when the Browns face Pittsburgh.
The Browns, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, made Hunt inactive after listing him as questionable on the final injury report.
Monday, Jan. 3
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. EST. The AFC North looked like one of the better divisions in football earlier in the year, but has descended into mediocrity with Pittsburgh (7-7-1), Cleveland (7-8) and Baltimore (8-8) hovering around .500.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Ravens defensive tackle Calais Campbell is inactive for Sunday night's game against Cleveland.
Campbell missed practice this week because of a concussion, and his absence is a blow to Baltimore in this matchup against the NFL's top-ranked rushing offense.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's offense is again complete.
The Browns activated running back Kareem Hunt and Pro Bowl right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve, and they will be in the lineup for Sunday night's critical game against AFC North-leading Baltimore.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns right tackle Jack Conklin vividly remembers the scary moment when he wondered and worried his season might be over. Something was noticeably out of place.
"When you're on the ground and your arm is facing the opposite direction, it's a little nerve-wracking,” he said Friday.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns have gotten a little healthier for the holidays — and the Ravens.
Cleveland could have two key offensive players back for Sunday night's AFC North showdown against Baltimore as dynamic running back Kareem Hunt and two-time All-Pro starting right tackle Jack Conklin were designated for return from injured reserve.
CLEVELAND (6-5) at BALTIMORE (7-3)
Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EST, NBC
BETTING LINE: Ravens by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Throughout Dont’a Hightower’s nine seasons in New England, the veteran linebacker said the identity of the Patriots’ defense has always been predicated on two things — being physical and stopping the run.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's season is on pause for the moment — and may be for a while. That doesn't mean the Browns have to slow down as well.
Mayfield missed Thursday night's game with a shoulder injury that worsened last week when he fractured a bone during a fall after being tripped by Arizona's J.J.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield had the best seat in the house to watch the Browns' backups deliver.
Case Keenum stepped in for an injured Mayfield and made the most of his first start in two years, third-string back D'Ernest Johnson rushed for 146 yards and Cleveland overcame a short week and a long list of injuries to beat the Denver Broncos 17-14 on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield also is dealing with a broken bone in his injured left shoulder but believes he can play with it, a person familiar with his health told The Associated Press on Thursday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been activated from injured reserve to possibly help Cleveland's injury-decimated offense Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.
One of the league's most consistent pass catchers, Landry has been out since he sprained his medial collateral knee ligament while being tackled in the first quarter against Houston on Sept.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The NFL's top rushing team has run into major trouble.
Browns star back Nick Chubb will miss his second straight game with a calf injury, leaving Cleveland without its two best backs Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The injuries, and not just your run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises but significant ones to big-name players, are piling up quickly for the Browns.
So are the losses.
Cleveland's season, still just six games old, has suddenly gone astray.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns will be without one of their best offensive players for quite a while.
He might have company on the sideline.
Punishing running back Kareem Hunt is expected to miss at least one month because of a significant calf injury sustained against Arizona on Sunday, one of several key injuries to a Cleveland team with little time to heal.
Seahawks linebacker Darrell Taylor had movement in all of his extremities after leaving Seattle's game Sunday night against Pittsburgh late in the fourth quarter on a stretcher with an unspecified injury.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield slowly walked out of FirstEnergy Stadium with his left arm immobilized by a sling.
Cleveland's season might as well be fitted with one.
The Browns took a beating in a 37-14 loss on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals as Mayfield reinjured his non-throwing shoulder and running back Kareem Hunt suffered a potentially serious calf injury.
The Latest on Week 6 in the NFL (all times EDT):
For the fourth time this season there have been two overtimes in a week.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Star running back Nick Chubb will miss the Cleveland Browns’ game Sunday against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals, but wide receiver Jarvis Landry could return to action.
Chubb, who is second in the NFL with 523 yards rushing, did not practice all week because of a calf injury and was ruled out by coach Kevin Stefanski following the team’s workout Friday.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Keeping slippery Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray under control is a difficult challenge for any defense — even in the best of circumstances.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings made a major investment in their defense for this year, badly needing better fortification against the run.
Most of their newcomers have played well. The results haven't yet followed suit.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After winning the NFL's Coach of the Year award in his first season with Cleveland, Kevin Stefanski now has a victory over his old team in Minnesota to highlight the start of his second year.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Arms flailing, legs churning while kicking up grass and dirt as his dreadlocked hair flies from under his helmet, Kareem Hunt's got a running style that's both unorthodox and unique.
CLEVELAND (AP) — After two first-quarter possessions ended in failure with the Browns allowing Chicago to sack quarterback Baker Mayfield on consecutive fourth-down tries, coach Kevin Stefanski needed a spark.
CLEVELAND (AP) — With quarterback Baker Mayfield's left shoulder smarting and dependable wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the locker room with a knee injury, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was forced to make an in-game adjustment.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (12-6)
New faces: DE Jadeveon Clowney, LB Anthony Walker Jr., S John Johnson III, DE Takk McKinley, CB Troy Hill, DT Malik Jackson, DT Andrew Billings, rookie CB Greg Newsome II, rookie LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, K Chase McLaughlin.
EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — A proud Clevelander, Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce showed love to his hometown by wearing an Indians jersey and cap.
He wasn't taking any chances.
“I’m at home, but it’s still enemy territory,” Kelce said.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Baker Mayfield coughed up the ball — and the Cleveland Browns' chances to wrap up a playoff spot...
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kareem Hunt lifted off just inside the 5-yard line, soared over the head of Philadelphia's Jalen Mills like an Olympic long jumper and landed in the end zone...
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kareem Hunt knows he's run out of second chances.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the team has again told running back Kareem Hunt that he'd better behave...
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns running back Kareem Hunt told a police officer he would have failed a drug test if he had been checked during a stop when he was ticketed for speeding and marijuana was found in his car...
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns running back Kareem Hunt was cited for a traffic violation, and police say they found marijuana in his car...
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt has promised to "lay low" following a recent argument outside a bar that led to police questioning and raised team concerns.
Frank Clark will be making big bucks next season in the NFL.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kareem Hunt promises to change. The NFL will hold him to his word.
The league suspended the Cleveland Browns running back for eight games on Friday for two "physical altercations," one in which Hunt shoved and kicked a woman in a hotel hallway while he played for Kansas City...
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The lasting visual of Kareem Hunt's second NFL season wasn't him stiff-arming a linebacker, shedding a tackle or barreling over a cornerback at the goal line for a touchdown...
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns believe there's remorse in Kareem Hunt's heart. The NFL hasn't gotten that far...
NOT THEM AGAIN!
Sorry America — at least outside of New England — but the team you love to hate is headed back to the Super Bowl...
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the NFL won't pay for video evidence in cases involving domestic violence, and he defended the league's handling of those investigations...
The Los Angeles Chargers won’t win many style points for how they clawed back Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But for a franchise that has been put through the ringer a bit historically, this was about as refreshing a plot twist as could be hoped for.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Running back Kareem Hunt acknowledged that he misled the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week...
Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt repeatedly said he is "not that type of person" in a live interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters to apologize for assaulting a woman in February, the video of which led to his release Friday.
Former Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice sees similarities between Kareem Hunt's domestic violence situation and his own from 2014, and he wants to help the player the Kansas City Chiefs released Friday, he told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.