Josh McCown - QBPosted 11/24/15 5:07pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown will start in Week 12. QB Austin Davis will serve as backup, while QB Johnny Manziel will be Cleveland's No. 3 quarterback. Manziel, who was anointed the team's starter for the rest of the season last week, has been benched over his latest off-field issue which involved alleged social-media pictures of Manziel partying in Texas during the team's bye week.
Huddle Up: The drama for Manziel -- and the Browns -- continues as now we're back to the veteran McCown, who hasn't played since Week 8. Manziel, meanwhile, was coming off a career-best 372-yard performance in Week 10, but is fast running out of chances in Cleveland.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 11/24/15 9:59pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge has been targeted on 17 percent of his routes with QB Josh McCown and just 9 percent of his routes with QB Johnny Manziel. McCown will start in Week 12.
Huddle Up: Barnidge did catch six of his eight targets for 65 yards and a TD from Manziel in Week 10, but there's no denying the tight end has had a special rapport with McCown.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 11/17/15 1:59pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been named the starter for the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: Sort of surprising to hear after the Browns said Josh McCown would get his starting job back after returning from injury, but the team has a first-round pick invested in Manziel, who's made only five starts so far in a season and half. As for the Browns' pass-catchers, TE Gary Barnidge deserves a downtick or two considering the rapport he had with McCown, but he did catch six passes for 65 yards and a TD from Johnny FB on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 11/17/15 3:45pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Taylor Gabriel suffered a concussion in the Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter.
Huddle Up: Gabriel has been a steady contributor, catching a pass in every game this season, and those using him in larger leagues will need to check on his progress over the bye week.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 11/16/15 7:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he is not ready to say if QB Johnny Manziel or QB Josh McCown will be the starting quarterback. Pettine said the coaching staff will discuss the decision during the bye week.
Huddle Up: Pettine has said McCown will resume the starting duties when healthy, and that definitely should be the case with the Browns' next game not until Nov. 30.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 11/13/15 3:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said he won't name a starter between QBs Josh McCown (ribs) and Johnny Manziel for Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in order to maintain a competitive advantage. Pettine already knows who he plans on starting Sunday, Nov. 15.
Huddle Up: McCown has been limited all week after sitting out the Week 9 loss to the Bengals, but reports coming out of Cleveland indicate that it likely hasn't been enough to get him back on the field and keep Manziel from making his second straight start.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 11/12/15 9:13am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) said Wednesday, Nov. 11, that he is optimistic he'll be ready to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. 'I would say I'm more optimistic (about my chances to play Sunday than I was about last Thursday) just because it's a normal week, so I think that gives us a better chance to evaluate it,' McCown said.
Huddle Up: The Browns have already indicated they'll go back to McCown if he's able to play, so keep tabs on the practice reports if you're looking to get him into your fantasy lineup this week.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 11/10/15 8:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is planning to start his second straight game in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. QB Josh McCown (ribs) is considered day-to-day with a rib injury and may sit out another week.
Huddle Up: The Browns keep reiterating that McCown remains the starter when healthy, but it sounds like even the extra-long break between the team's Week 9 and 10 games might not be enough to get McCown on the field against the Steelers on Sunday. Stay tuned, though, for the rest of Cleveland's practice week.
Brian Hartline - WRPosted 11/10/15 11:46pm ET
Cleveland Browns WRs Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins have both cleared the league's concussion protocol after sitting out in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Good news for whomever starts at quarterback against the Steelers Sunday as they'll have close to full complement of weapons.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 11/6/15 12:10am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel completed 15-of-33 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown and ran four times for 31 yards in a 31-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Yeah, it didn't amount to much for those who gambled and started him Thursday night, but the QB's second-year progress was obvious as he didn't commit a turnover and played leaps and bounds better than his 10-of-18, 80-yard, two-interception performance in his first start a season ago against Cincy -- a 30-0 Bengals cakewalk. Regardless, Josh McCown is expected to be ready to resume his starting duties in Week 10.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 11/6/15 10:20am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe had three catches for 31 yards in a 31-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9.
Huddle Up: There's your big offseason investment for the Browns, coming through halfway through the season. Not sure the three-catch outburst will cause a stampede to the waiver wire to secure Bowe's services.
Brian Hartline - WRPosted 11/4/15 4:12pm ET
Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (concussion) and WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion) are in the concussion protocol and unlikely to play Thursday, Nov. 5.
Huddle Up: Hartline came out of nowhere last week to catch a pair of scoring passes against the Cards, but the short week isn't a friend to players trying to bounce back from concussions. Meanwhile, playing without two of his four top WRs isn't going to help Johnny Manziel on Thursday night against the undefeated Bengals.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 11/3/15 2:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is being prepared to start in Week 9 against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Nov. 5 with starter Josh McCown dealing with a rib injury suffered in Week 8.
Huddle Up: It looks like Manziel will make his second start of the season, and almost by default, it will have to be better than his first career start vs. the Bengals last season in which he finished 10 of 18 for 80 yards and two interceptions in a 30-0 Week 15 loss last December. WR Travis Benjamin has caught three of his four receiving TDs from Manziel this season, but TE Gary Barnidge has developed a strong rapport with McCown and his stock will take a dip if there's a a QB change.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 11/2/15 2:15pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder) is sore after Week 8, and head coach Mike Pettine is calling McCown day-to-day on a short week.
Huddle Up: McCown has been playing with the sore shoulder but doesn't have the luxury of a full week to get healthy with the Browns playing the Bengals on Thursday. If McCown isn't ready, Johnny Manziel will get the start.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 10/30/15 4:20pm ET
Updating earlier reports, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder, rib) is listed as questionable Sunday, Nov. 1, against the Arizona Cardinals. He was limited in practice Friday.
Huddle Up: The Browns are being coy about who will start Sunday against the Cards, but bet on McCown who had thrown for two TDs in four straight game prior to last Sunday's loss against the Rams. However, you're likely going to have to wait until just before kickoff Sunday to find out for certain.
Joe Haden - CBPosted 10/29/15 5:09pm ET
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden (concussion) is ready to play after missing the last two games with a concussion. Haden added that he wants to play the entire game, not split repetitions with fellow CB Pierre Desir.
Huddle Up: Welcome news for Haden's IDP-league owners, Meanwhile, this typically would be just the opposite kind of info for the opposition's top receiver, but the Cardinals have a trio of potent WR weapons in Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Michael Floyd so Haden and the Browns will have to pick and choose Sunday.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 10/28/15 2:24pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder) is not taking part in practice Wednesday, Oct. 28, but it's not unexpected, with head coach Mike Pettine saying McCown is 'truly day-to-day' as he works his way through the pain. QB Johnny Manziel took the first-team repetitions in practice as he prepares for another potential start.
Huddle Up: Again, no surprise here, but McCown will need to get in some practice work before the week is out to be able to play Sunday against the visiting Cardinals. Stay tuned ...
Josh McCown - QBPosted 10/26/15 8:00pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder) is considered day-to-day because of his shoulder injury and probably will not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 28. Head coach Mike Pettine said McCown will start against Arizona Cardinals in Week 8 if he is healthy.
Huddle Up: Of course, it's all going to depend on how McCown finishes his practice week, and You Know Who will make his second start of the season if McCown is unable to go.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 10/22/15 10:09am ET
Cleveland Browns WR Dwayne Bowe has been inactive for four of Cleveland's last six games. Head coach Mike Pettine said the top-four wide receivers are entrenched in their roles, leaving Bowe on the bench barring an injury to someone ahead of him.
Huddle Up: Bowe was done in KC, a fact underscored by his inability to crack a relatively nameless receiver rotation in Cleveland. Now the Browns need to find a way out from under the ridiculous contract they signed him to.
Gary Barnidge - TEPosted 10/21/15 8:40pm ET
Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: Barnidge injured his ankle last Sunday but he's expected to play this week against the Rams. He'll continue to be a TE1 even versus the tough Rams' defense.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/20/15 10:42pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (shoulder) should be able to play in Week 7 against the St. Louis Rams after suffering a stinger last week, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The rookie's workload has been ramping up of late with at least 12 touches in each of the last three games, and he now ranks sixth overall among RBs with 24 receptions on the season.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/18/15 8:51pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (head) was forced out of the Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos due to a head injury. He was cleared to return after being evaluated for concussion.
Huddle Up: Johnson was able to go back into the game so he should be fine for next week. With Isaiah Crowell struggling, Johnson is the best Browns' back to own right now.
Isaiah Crowell - RBPosted 10/17/15 8:01pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson's carries could continue to increase, possibly by 20%, according to ESPN.com's Pat McManamon. However, he'll continue to share touches with RB Isaiah Crowell. 'The way it went Sunday is pretty much going to be typical, I'd guess,' McManamon said. 'Duke had nine runs and eight passes thrown to him, Crowell 13 runs and two passes.'
Huddle Up: Johnson is being used more in the passing game. He has 21 receptions in his last three games. If Johnson starts getting more carries, his fantasy value will go up even more. Right now he's a Flex option in PPR formats.
Johnny Manziel - QBPosted 10/16/15 11:38pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel was pulled over for speeding Monday, Oct. 12, in Avon, Ohio, and he admitted to drinking earlier in the day. Manziel was not arrested, and general manager Ray Farmer said the team was 'aware of the situation.'
Huddle Up: It's another off-field incident for Manziel. So far Manziel has made more news off the field than on it in his two years with the Browns.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 10/15/15 7:36pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (ankle) and RB Isaiah Crowell (toe) were limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: It's at least a good sign that they've at been able to do something for the past two days, but their participation level Friday should be much more indicative of their outlook for Sunday.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 10/13/15 5:38pm ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown became the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 450 passing yards, two touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and zero interceptions in the same game in Week 5. McCown did suffer an ankle sprain last week, but he could still start against the Denver Broncos in Week 6.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 10/12/15 8:54am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the Week 5 win against the Baltimore Ravens. He was limping in the locker room after the game and his status for the Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos is uncertain.
Huddle Up: McCown has been putting up rock star numbers for the Browns over the past three games, but between his injury and a daunting four-game stretch that kicks off with the league's top pass defense in Week 6 the fun may be coming to an end.
Joe Haden - CBPosted 10/6/15 4:57pm ET
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden was inactive in Week 4 against the San Diego Chargers with a broken right ring finger after he was initially listed as probable on the injury report. He decided not to play after testing his hand in pregame warmups. CB Pierre Desir started in Haden's place. Haden's status for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens is unknown. 'Hopefully Joe will get more comfortable with the finger injury so we can get him back out there,' head coach Mike Pettine said.
Huddle Up: Philip Rivers was able to take advantage of Haden's absence last Sunday, throwing for a season-high three TD passes and 358 yards in leading the Bolts to a 30-27 win. See what Haden is able to do in practice this week.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 10/5/15 8:45am ET
Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown completed 32 of 41 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 4.
Huddle Up: McCown isn't winning ballgames, but he's doing enough to keep Johnny Manziel at bay--and providing a sneaky fantasy option in the process.
Duke Johnson - RBPosted 10/5/15 9:01am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson had eight carries for 31 yards and nine catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in 30-27 loss to the San Diego Chargers in Week 4.
Huddle Up: This is the workload the team envisioned for Johnson when they drafted him, as a change of pace runner and a vital part of the passing game. Going forward fantasy owners should be able to plan on him seeing double-digit touches on a consistent basis.
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