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.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Already at odds with Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns are choosing not to get into a public fight with him.
No longer part of Cleveland's future, Mayfield is not participating in the team's voluntary offseason program as the team tries to work out a trade to get rid of the 2018 No.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Comparison shopping and face-to-face contact with college prospects returned to the NFL this year after the 2021 scouting combine was scuttled by the pandemic.
Talent evaluators welcomed back college pro days and private workouts even as the COVID-19 broadside entered its third year.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As he recovers from shoulder surgery, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to rest his thumbs as well.
Mayfield said he's going to take a break from "all social media for the foreseeable future.”
CLEVELAND (AP) — At least Baker Mayfield's exit meeting went well. Just about everything else this season for the Browns quarterback was off the mark.
And while the season is over, his time in Cleveland isn't as defined.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield’s broken fourth season with the Browns has mercifully ended with one game left.
His time in Cleveland could be running short as well.
Mayfield is sitting out the season finale against Cincinnati so he can undergo surgery on his left shoulder, an injury that affected his performance, contributed to the Browns' falling way short of expectations and may have altered the path of his NFL career.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Despite two agonizing losses in six days, a litany of COVID-19 cases and a banged-up starting quarterback who crumbles when the moment calls for strength, the Cleveland Browns still have a chance to make the playoffs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield moved a step closer to playing against Aaron Rodgers on Christmas as the Browns activated their quarterback from the COVID-19 reserve list Friday before leaving for Green Bay.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns got their coach back on the sideline. The New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles might be without theirs this weekend.
The Buffalo Bills will be without wide receiver Cole Beasley, who has been among the NFL's most outspoken critics of vaccinations.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett’s plans for Christmas remain murky.
The Browns’ star defensive end, who has a career-high 15 sacks this season, is dealing with a groin injury and could miss Saturday’s game at Green Bay as Cleveland tries to boost its sagging playoff chances.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Improbable ended up being impossible for the snake-bit Browns.
Three seconds from pulling out an all-hands-on-deck win under extraordinary circumstances, and with a chance to seize first place in the cluttered AFC North and tighten its grip on a playoff spot, Cleveland crumbled.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns got bad news on defensive end Takk McKinley. They're hoping for better on Myles Garrett.
Cleveland's defense, already ravaged by COVID-19 cases, was dealt another tough blow as McKinley will miss the rest of this season with a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Monday night's 16-14 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Daniel Carlson’s 48-yard field goal as time expired sent the Las Vegas Raiders to a 16-14 win on Monday night over the COVID-19-depleted Cleveland Browns in a game pushed back two days by the NFL amid an uptick of virus cases across the league.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield ran out of time.
The Browns quarterback didn't test negative for COVID-19 on Monday and will watch Cleveland's game against the Las Vegas Raiders from home as his teammates try to keep their postseason hopes strong.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gifted two days by the NFL to possibly get healthier, the Browns practiced for a game they expected to play Saturday.
Nothing has gone as scheduled during another wild week in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns got a welcomed reprieve on Friday after days of positive COVID-19 tests.
They've been given the weekend to get well.
After insisting Cleveland's game against the Las Vegas Raiders would be played as scheduled Saturday, the NFL postponed it until Monday as the Browns continue to grapple with a virus outbreak.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The blind-side hit that finally took out Baker Mayfield came off the field.
Cleveland's quarterback had toughed it out for months, playing — and struggling — with a fractured left shoulder, bruised knee and heel issue.
CLEVELAND (AP) — When Kevin Stefanski received word he'd tested positive again for COVID-19, Cleveland's cool coach barely blinked.
Nothing new for him or the Browns.
On Wednesday, the team's virus outbreak widened and worsened with Stefanski, quarterback Baker Mayfield and three others starters testing positive, jeopardizing their chances of participating in Saturday’s critical game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was added to the COVID-19 reserve list Tuesday as the NFL reported 28 more positive tests among players in the league's worst two-day outbreak since the pandemic started.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Just moments after Browns coach Kevin Stefanski ruled out three starters for Sunday's important game against first-place Baltimore, star defensive end Myles Garrett said something else is missing this week.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns tight end David Njoku was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list Tuesday and could miss Sunday’s crucial matchup against AFC North-leading Baltimore.
Njoku leads Cleveland with 407 yards receiving and he scored the Browns' only touchdown in a 16-10 loss to the Ravens on Nov.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns could have some extra help at linebacker for their playoff push.
Jacob Phillips, who suffered a biceps injury during training camp, was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday as Cleveland returned from a bye week devoted to getting healthy and recharged for the last five games.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns general manager Andrew Berry feels the bye week will help Baker Mayfield get healthy and maybe even mend Cleveland's broken season.
Mayfield has had a rough 2021 while dealing with an assortment of injuries, including a fracture to the quarterback's left, non-showing shoulder.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin's season is officially over: The team placed him on injured reserve again on Tuesday, two days after he suffered a torn patellar knee tendon in a loss to Baltimore.
CLEVELAND (AP) — One play after Baker Mayfield completed a 41-yard pass, a long gain that gave the Browns momentum and their banged-up quarterback some needed confidence, coach Kevin Stefanski called a trick play.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns right tackle Jack Conklin will undergo surgery after suffering a season-ending right knee injury on Sunday night at Baltimore, a crushing blow to a Cleveland offense struggling to score.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Cleveland Browns can only hope that a week off will enable them to secure solutions to a deep list of problems cramping their quest to return to the postseason.
Looking to close the gap on AFC North leaders Baltimore (8-3), Cleveland came up with a clunker of a performance Sunday night in a 16-10 defeat.
CLEVELAND (AP) — With the game's outcome in doubt and Cleveland's season in serious danger, the Browns turned to their most reliable player.
Nick Chubb came through as always.
“We needed him and he showed up,” said Browns cornerback Denzel Ward.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Nick Chubb returned to the Browns in shorts, sleeveless and raring to run.
Cleveland's star back was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, clearing the way for him to play Sunday when the Browns host the winless Detroit Lions to begin a crucial three-game stretch.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield dragged himself to the postgame podium Sunday, limping on yet another injury he'll need to get treated along with his damaged left shoulder and sore left foot for him to keep playing.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Banged-up Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is day to day after bruising his right knee in Sunday's blowout loss at New England — his latest injury.
Mayfield, who has been playing with a damaged left shoulder for several weeks, had to leave in the third quarter after being hit by blitzing Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Bill Belichick doesn't have to worry about his New England defense containing Cleveland's best offensive player.
Browns' star running back Nick Chubb will miss Sunday's game against the Patriots after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and then not passing protocols in time to be eligible to play.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin will miss at least three games after being placed on injured reserve Saturday with a dislocated elbow.
Conklin got hurt in the second quarter of last weekend's 15-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski can't see any other way to look at Sunday's division matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We are 4-4, we have to get a win,” Stefanski said of his battered and underachieving team.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's fractured left shoulder is only one of many things currently broken for the Browns.
They're in pieces at the moment.
Hobbled by injuries, hindered by a lack of offensive explosiveness and unable to put away games with the lead in the fourth quarter, the Browns look like a middle-of-the-standings team sliding in the wrong direction.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns starting right tackle Jack Conklin will miss “multiple weeks” after dislocating his left elbow in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday he's not entirely sure whether Conklin will need surgery.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield's back in the saddle — and huddle.
The Browns' quarterback will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, returning after missing one game because of an injured left shoulder that will require management for the rest of this season.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The last time Ben Roethlisberger played the Browns, his night began with a frantic chase after the ball was snapped over his head into the end zone. He ended it sitting on the bench contemplating his future.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield isn't healthy enough to practice, and he may not be much closer to playing either.
The Browns' quarterback sat out Monday's workout because of a troubling shoulder injury and there are early signs pointing to Mayfield missing this week's home game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
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.
For those who oppose Thursday night NFL games, be it players, coaches, fans or bettors, this week is a perfect example of why.
It's difficult enough to prepare for a Sunday game when you have key injuries, particularly at quarterback.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield had to surrender to the pain.
Cleveland's starting quarterback, who has played the past four weeks with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will sit out Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos and backup Case Keenum will start.
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.
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.
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.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have placed versatile offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, safety M.J. Stewart and fullback Andy Janovich on injured reserve.
Cleveland was ravaged by injuries in Sunday's 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
CLEVELAND (AP) — There were numerous bumps and bruises absorbed by the Browns in a high-scoring shootout loss on Sunday in Los Angeles.
One won't show up on the team's lengthy injury report.
Coach Kevin Stefanski's sterling reputation took a hit.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have twice built double-digit leads on the road against quality teams this season. And twice, they squandered those leads and lost.
Sunday was the latest disappointment for the Browns as they were up 14 points early in the third quarter, yet lost to the Los Angeles Chargers, 47-42.