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Josh Gordon - WR Posted 7/24/14 11:53pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon spent 2 weeks in a rehab facility in California after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and speeding earlier this month, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hopefully, the stint did some good for Gordon who will appeal his one-year suspension on Aug. 1. Even if he wins the appeal, expect 2013's top fantasy wideout to miss at least half of the upcoming season.

Ben Tate - RB Posted 7/23/14 2:25pm et
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. 'And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like,' Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.
Huddle Up: The Browns traded up to get West, so he's definitely a franchise favorite. And with Josh Gordon sidelined, the Browns will have to run plenty so whomever wins this epic battle is looking at significant fantasy value.

Terrance West - RB Posted 7/23/14 10:01pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the non-football injury list, according to a source. West said on his Twitter page that he passed his conditioning test and people need to 'stop making up your own stories.' Per the NFL's official transaction log, West was indeed placed on the non-football injury list.
Huddle Up: Trouble in paradise as Ben Tate takes the early lead in the battle for backfield supremacy in Cleveland. More details on West's situation as they surface.

Brian Hoyer - QB Posted 7/22/14 1:12pm et
Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will know who is starting before the third preseason game, according to head coach Mike Pettine, though it could happen sooner. Pettine has expressed hesitation to name Manziel the starter immediately and thinks Hoyer's chances are underrated.
Huddle Up: The sooner the better for fantasy GMs, although many of whom are already banking on Manziel getting the bulk of the starts even if he doesn't win the job outright in the preseason.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 7/18/14 5:16pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have a suspension appeal hearing soon, his agent said Thursday, July 17. However, he would not comment further. Gordon's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he plans to meet with the team next week to discuss how they can help Gordon as he waits on his looming drug suspension. If Gordon loses his appeal, he's likely to be suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season, and he'd only be eligible for reinstatement after the season is up. The Browns have reached out to several professionals to try and get Gordon some help for his substance-abuse problems.
Huddle Up: At this point it's unlikely Gordon sees the field in 2014. The Browns need to figure out a way for Gordon to get his life in order so a return to action in 2015 is possible. And fantasy owners need to determine if a potential Gordon return is worth carrying on their dynasty roster through the 2014 season.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 7/13/14 3:57pm et
Cleveland Browns SS Donte Whitner said the team should not release WR Josh Gordon, because the players and coaches need to help him out with off-field issues. 'We have to help him collectively. It's not going be one person that helps him, it's not going to be two people that help him. It's gonna come from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him - not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order,' Whitner said. Whitner said he is one of several teammates that have reached out to Gordon, who is very remorseful for what has happened.
Huddle Up: When the problem clearly -- and continually -- outweighs the production, then a player will be let go, but Gordon is by far the Browns' top offensive weapon after leading the league -- and shattering the franchise single-season record -- with 1,646 receiving yards last year, so the squad likely isn't at the waiver- wire stage with the wideout quite yet.

Brian Hoyer - QB Posted 7/13/14 10:39pm et
Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he knows that he will be pushed by QB Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job but is looking forward to competing during training camp.
Huddle Up: Of all the QBs currently sitting No. 1 on an NFL depth chart, none is under the gun like Hoyer, who's going to have to immediately pick up where he left off left season -- and then some -- to hold off the wildly popular rookie and keep ravenously hungry Browns fans at bay.

Jordan Cameron - TE Posted 7/9/14 9:35pm et
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron's contract extension talks could last well into training camp. There is a chance the team will have to use a franchise tag on Cameron next offseason.
Huddle Up: On the bright side, the Jimmy Graham case should encourage Cameron to "settle" for tight end money rather than go looking for wide receiver money.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 7/7/14 10:25pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone Saturday, July 5. Gordon's blood-alcohol level was .09, and he admitted to having three drinks with vodka. Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said he wouldn't comment if marijuana or other drugs were involved, but no drug charges were filed. Gordon was released on $500 bond, and he's scheduled for an Aug. 26 court appearance.
Huddle Up: That's not going to play well with the league offices if/when Gordon applies for reinstatement. But more than that, as everyone from current and former teammates to Hall of Fame receiver (and recovering addict) Cris Carter has noted, is that Gordon needs to sort out some life issues first before he can start worrying about returning to the NFL.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 7/6/14 3:27pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon could be done with the team. Doubts are creeping up that the team may move on from him. Gordon was arrested Saturday, July 5, for speeding and driving while intoxicated, according to police in Raleigh, N.C.
Huddle Up: This latest incident may have been the proverbial "last nail" for last season's top-ranked fantasy wideout, who already was staring at a possible season-long suspension. The hope is now that any suspensions and/or decisions will be made soon enough for fantasy GMs to adjust their plans accordingly.

Dion Lewis - RB Posted 7/6/14 3:27pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Dion Lewis said he is completely recovered from the broken leg he suffered last year and should be ready for the start of training camp. He sat out organized team activities and minicamp because of an undisclosed injury that he said was not related to his leg. Lewis also said he is not sure what his role will be this upcoming season but is looking forward to competing during training camp. Lewis said he believes he has a good grasp of the new offense.
Huddle Up: Lewis will definitely see his share of work if healthy, but former-Texan Ben Tate sits atop the depth chart, and the Browns also like what they've seen from rookie third-rounder Terrance West so forecasting Lewis' fantasy future is a murky proposition at the moment.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 7/4/14 12:51am et
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon's appeal of his suspension is scheduled to be heard at some point in late July, according to a source. There is a chance the NFL and NFL Players Association could negotiate a reduced sentence for Gordon.
Huddle Up: Any reduction will be a bonus after the prevalent year-long suspension reports, and hopefully fantasy GMs will receive a definitive word early enough to make draft and personnel plans accordingly.

Jordan Cameron - TE Posted 7/1/14 7:55pm et
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron has been impossible to cover during practices this offseason. Cameron has improved his footwork and explosion in the open field once he secures the grab.
Huddle Up: With 80 catches for 917 yards and 7 TDs last season, Cameron basically quadrupled his previous career highs and now figures to see more targets than ever with a suspension looming for WR Josh Gordon.

Dion Lewis - RB Posted 6/29/14 12:17am et
Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate, Terrance West and Dion Lewis will be amongst a running back committee, according to head coach Mike Pettine. 'I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee,' Pettine said. 'You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys... you've got to be able to get fresh legs out there.'
Huddle Up: There isn't a more hated phrase in the lexicon of fantasy football than "running back committee". Cleveland's RBBC dings Tate's fantasy value significantly as well as putting the brakes on talk of West as a hot sleeper candidate.

Johnny Manziel - QB Posted 6/17/14 12:45pm et
The Cleveland Browns signed QB Johnny Manziel to a four-year contract Tuesday, June 17. Official financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Here's one off-field item that won't be an issue as the rookie can now focus on winning the starting gig.

Earl Bennett - WR Posted 6/17/14 7:23pm et
The Cleveland Browns released WR Earl Bennett on Tuesday, June 17.
Huddle Up: Bennett, who hit career highs in 2009 with 54 catches and 717 yards, is in career limbo after being released by his second team in a matter of months.

Ben Tate - RB Posted 6/12/14 8:43pm et
Cleveland Browns RB Ben Tate was nicked up at minicamp this week but took repetitions when he was able to, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
Huddle Up: It's been a rough offseason health-wise for a number of the Browns' key offensive players, but this doesn't sound like anything more than your average RB wear and tear.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 6/12/14 11:11pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team expects to hear from the NFL about WR Josh Gordon's possible suspension before the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: The sooner the better for keeper-league owners and the Browns, who know they're going to have to make contingency plans for at least some length of the season.

Jordan Cameron - TE Posted 6/11/14 11:51pm et
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (knee) was banged up during 11-on-11 drills in practice Wednesday, June 11, after a collision with LB Barkevious Mingo. Cameron was limping, favoring his left knee on the sidelines, but was able to return to the huddle without missing any practice time.
Huddle Up: Cameron is about the only reliable piece of Cleveland's passing game that's left, so they can't afford to lose him to an injury in OTAs.

Brian Hoyer - QB Posted 6/11/14 11:51pm et
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski said it is his opinion that Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback Week 1 because he is far ahead of QB Johnny Manziel in terms of understanding the offense.
Huddle Up: Plenty of time for Johnny Football to learn the offense and win the job, but there's also no reason to rush him in Cleveland--other than to help The Mothership fill their daily quota of Manziel stories.

Terrance West - RB Posted 6/11/14 11:51pm et
The Cleveland Browns have signed third-round draft choice RB Terrance West. West's contract is worth $2.796 million that includes a $527,400 signing bonus. West has been getting reps with the first-team offense in practice, and he has shown power through the first level and quickness when eluding defenders. He is expected to play a major role for the team offensively. RB Chris Ogbonnaya has also taken reps with the first team while the team takes it slow with RB Ben Tate.
Huddle Up: Keep in mind the Browns traded up to secure West in the 2014 Draft, so he definitely factors into their plan. Given Tate's injury history and the lack of Josh Gordon in Cleveland's passing game, there is significant fantasy opportunity for the Towson rookie this season.

Miles Austin - WR Posted 6/10/14 10:21pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Miles Austin (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 10.
Huddle Up: Yeah, sure, it's June 10 -- not Sept. 10 -- but as we've seen over recent seasons, Austin's hammy issues seemingly know no bounds.

Jordan Cameron - TE Posted 6/9/14 9:16am et
The Cleveland Browns could consider placing the franchise or transition tag on TE Jordan Cameron if they are not able to reach a long-term contract agreement with him before the start of free agency next offseason.
Huddle Up: The Browns desperately need people who can catch the ball, and with Josh Gordon suspended Cameron is the only real receiving threat on their roster. So it makes sense to lock him up in some way, shape or form.

Nate Burleson - WR Posted 6/4/14 12:39am et
Cleveland Browns WR Nate Burleson said he did not fracture his arm during an April minicamp and it was just a minor injury. He said the severity of the injury was exaggerated. Because there was no fracture, Burleson was able to run and lift weights with the cast on, and will have it removed later this week.
Huddle Up: Burleson, who's missed a combined 17 games over the past 2 seasons, is being counted on to be healthy and productive with a possible lengthy suspension looming for No. 1 wideout Josh Gordon.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 6/4/14 4:48pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has pleaded not guilty to a speeding ticket he received May 25 for going 74 mph in a 60 mph zone. There is no new court date for Gordon, who is also awaiting a possible year-long suspension from the league for a failed drug test.
Huddle Up: Maybe the good news here is that it's a speeding ticket and not a DUI for Gordon. Silver linings.

Justin Gilbert - CB Posted 5/29/14 11:59pm et
Cleveland Browns CB Justin Gilbert (knee) said on his Twitter page that his knee is fine and expects to participate in organized team activities Friday, May 30. Gilbert left practice Wednesday, May 28, after tweaking his knee.
Huddle Up: IDP GMs will need to keep an eye on the eighth-overall pick to make sure this isn't anything serious that could possibly linger into training camp and preseason.

Johnny Manziel - QB Posted 5/28/14 12:18am et
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel reported to the team for organized team activities Tuesday, May 27, after spending a weekend in Las Vegas. Manziel responded to criticism of the trip saying he was able to study his playbook during his time away.
Huddle Up: Revising the old Ken Stabler line: Studying the playbook by the glow of the neon lights perhaps?

Johnny Manziel - QB Posted 5/19/14 3:19pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said QB Johnny Manziel had a very successful three-day minicamp with the team over the weekend, and he'll begin practicing with the rest of the team this week. 'They see Johnny in the locker room and they know he's a good guy and a good teammate,' Pettine said. 'There's no diva-type personality there -- he's just another guy. He's funny and fun to be around and he's going to work hard and that's something they all respect.'
Huddle Up: This is about as good a start as the Browns could hope for, with Manzielmania driving ticket and jersey sales while the player himself remains grounded and ready to work to earn his spot with the team. Of course, we're barely into minicamps so there's still a ways to go.

Josh Gordon - WR Posted 5/19/14 3:19pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be on the practice field with the team this week, and head coach Mike Pettine said it's his 'expectation' that Gordon will take part in organized team activities. Gordon is facing a one-year suspension from the league for a positive drug test in the offseason.
Huddle Up: The suspension continues to loom over Gordon and the Browns, but for now all they can do is carry on as if he'll be with the team.

Greg Little - WR Posted 5/16/14 1:37pm et
The Cleveland Browns released WR Greg Little Friday, May 16.
Huddle Up: Little has contributed... well, little to the Browns' offense since being a second-round draft pick in 2011. With Miles Austin and Earl Bennett in the mix, the Browns appear to be heading a different direction at the wide receiver position.

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