AFC North: Jordan Cameron

Browns vs. Steelers preview

September, 4, 2014
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Johnny Manziel and Ryan Shazier USA TODAY Sports, Getty ImagesAll eyes will be on these rookies in Week 1: Cleveland's Johnny Manziel and Pittsburgh's Ryan Shazier.
The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers renew their long-standing rivalry Sunday at Heinz Field.

And something has to give in the game in which Johnny Manziel is expected to make his NFL debut. The Browns have lost 10 consecutive games at Heinz Field, while the Steelers haven't won a season opener since 2010.

ESPN NFL Nation Browns reporter Pat McManamon and ESPN NFL Nation Steelers reporter Scott Brown take a closer look at the 1 p.m. ET game.

Brown: Pat, how many times have you written the surname Manziel since the Browns drafted Johnny Football in early May? Well, let's get the obligatory Manziel chatter out of the way. How do you see the Browns using Manziel on Sunday and how much do you expect him to play?

McManamon: As for the first part, Scott, let's say more than five and less than 10,000, but just barely less. I would be surprised if Manziel does not see the field for a play or a series in each half. The Browns and coach Mike Pettine have been coy about how he'll be used, but he does bring a different element than Brian Hoyer, and the Browns could put him on the field the same way the Steelers first used Kordell Stewart. Certain down-and-distance situations might be good for the read-option, or certain spots on the field might be good for a quarterback who can move. I don't think Manziel will play a lot, but I do think he'll play in the right spot, as judged by the coaching staff.

Scott, a slow start doomed the Steelers last season. How determined are they to avoid that slow start again, and how much bad luck is it for the Browns to draw the Steelers in the opener?

Brown: For the record, I am not going to start calling you Pat McFootball no matter how many times you privately lobby me to do so. Take a picture with the Biebs in it and we will talk. With that order of business out of the way, I will say the schedule-makers did not do the Browns any favors by having them open in Pittsburgh. I suspect the Steelers will publicly downplay the notion that this is a must-win game, but in reality it is. The Steelers cannot start slow again this season, and with road games against the Ravens and the Panthers looming, they have to beat the Browns. As hard as it is to win in the NFL, nothing is more served on a platter than an opponent that hasn't won in Pittsburgh in more than a decade and has an offense riddled with question marks. Did I mention Ben Roethlisberger, who has never forgiven the Browns for passing on him in the 2004 NFL draft, has lost just one time to Cleveland?

Getting back to the Browns' offense, who do the Steelers have to worry about beating them with wide receiver Josh Gordon out for the season?

McManamon: Nobody, really. The Browns will try to run the ball and use tight end Jordan Cameron creatively, but there is no real outside threat even close to the threat Gordon provided. And Cameron better get used to consistent double coverage. It's almost unfair to throw a quarterback into a game with these circumstances. Running back Ben Tate probably will be the offensive bell cow. He'll be featured prominently in the game plan. But the Steelers stop the run in their sleep. This game will be a serious challenge for the Browns' offense and offensive coaches.

Speaking of offense, how has and how will the marijuana possession charges against Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount affect the team, if at all, this weekend?

Brown: It is a footnote to this game. Not to minimize the stupidity that the Steelers' top two running backs showed -- and they are worthy of all of the unflattering nicknames that have surfaced on social media, among other places -- but the issue has presumably been dealt with from the Steelers' end. If Bell and Blount had been suspended for the season opener, we would have seen Roethlisberger throwing a ton of passes and a one-dimensional offense. But with both Bell and Blount slated to play against the Browns, the Steelers' offense will be at full strength.

I am real interested in seeing whether the Steelers try to set up the pass through the run or vice versa. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin predictably gushed about Cleveland's defense at his news conference earlier this week, and certainly that unit is the strength of the Browns. Will that defense be as good as advertised?

McManamon: Let's tap the brakes on this "good defense." Nobody knows yet. The defense has new names -- and they are good names to have -- but they might not be improved. Also, a defense that was supposed to be good a season ago made a habit of blowing late leads. The weak spot this season is the same as last -- cornerback opposite Joe Haden. First-round pick Justin Gilbert is going through significant growing pains, and Buster Skrine is coming off a thumb injury. The Browns wanted Isaiah Trufant to be the nickelback, but he's on injured reserve. Smart teams pick at weaknesses; it would be surprising if the Steelers don't pick on the second corner. The other concern, which has been an ongoing issue: Will the defense wear down because it's on the field too much due to the offense struggling?

Staying with defense, Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier is an Ohio State guy, and there's been a lot of positive press on him throughout preseason. Has he been that good?

Brown: He has, but the caveat, of course, is that Shazier has yet to play in an NFL game that counts. That changes Sunday, and most telling about the progress Shazier has made is the fact he will become the first Steelers defensive rookie to start a season opener since Kendrell Bell in 2001. There will be the inevitable growing pains as the first-round pick adjusts to the speed of the game at this level. Probably the biggest concern with Shazier is whether he will consistently be able to shed blocks since the 6-1, 237-pounder is not the biggest linebacker. The Browns' offensive line is one of their biggest strengths, so it will be a good opening test for Shazier. I think the kid is going to be a star, and I predict he will win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.
BEREA, Ohio -- Quick hitters following practice:
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    Nate Burleson has been around long enough to hear the adage "you can't make the club from the tub." Which of course refers to it being tough to make a team when injured -- the tub being the old whirlpool teams used to use. Burleson has yet to play in a preseason game due to a lingering hamstring issue, but it's possible he could play Thursday against Chicago. "We’re optimistic," coach Mike Pettine said. "We’ll see just how he responded after today, as well. He got some team reps, so that was a good sign.”
  • Tight end Jordan Cameron was back after his one-day excused absence. Cameron shrugged off the absence, saying it was nothing. Pettine did the same.
  • There were several questions to Pettine about using a two-quarterback system, with a package of plays that Johnny Manziel could run as a change of pace. Pettine said it's tough for a defensive coordinator to prepare for two, then said this when asked if other teams might be expecting it from the Browns: "You'd have to ask them." Touche.
BEREA, Ohio -- NFL players spend their offseason in various ways. Five Cleveland Browns joined players from around the league to wash the feet of orphans in Brazil.

In February, on a trip organized and funded by Browns tight end Gary Barnidge and Jets lineman Breno Giacomini, several players flew to Brazil to bring U.S. football to the country and shoes to an orphanage.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo, a former first-round pick who made the trip. “Those kids are less fortunate than most, and they still found time to come out and smile with us. It just made the whole trip worth it.”

Barnidge and Giacomini founded American Football Without Borders with the mission “to spread American football to different corners of the globe with a humanitarian cause.”


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Two years ago, the two discussed a trip to Egypt with a friend who was Egyptian. The country’s revolution derailed those plans, so they decided to go global again and went to China. This February it was Brazil, and joining them from the Browns were safety Johnson Bademosi, center Alex Mack, tight end Jordan Cameron and Mingo. Among others on the trip were running back DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers, lineman Russell Okung and running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks, and receiver Golden Tate, now with Detroit.

The goal is to bring as many good elements of U.S. football as possible to the international community, as well as to help kids. AFWB hosts a clinic on every trip, then visits an orphanage. In Brazil, Barnidge partnered with the charitable group Samaritan’s Feet to bring shoes to kids who needed them.

Teaching football to the far reaches of the globe isn’t far-fetched. The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has five federations worldwide and members in countries as varied as Nigeria, Mongolia, India and New Zealand.

“Everywhere we go they have something organized as far as playing football,” Barnidge said. “In China they had six teams, and now they’re up to 10 and they’ve been invited to play in other countries. It’s growing just in the two years since we’ve been there.”

Many of the NFL players who traveled did a short blog on the AFWB website about their experience. Cameron included a photo of a teenager in Brazil who had a tattoo of former Panthers and current Ravens receiver Steve Smith on his calf.

“Our overall goal is we want to get kids from other countries recognized by colleges here,” Barnidge said.

One of his 2013 campers in China came to Williams’ U.S. camp, where a Division III school offered him a scholarship on the spot, Barnidge said. The player turned it down to go to Stanford, but Barnidge took the recognition as a good sign.

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Language differences pose challenges, but Barnidge said that is overcome by simply showing the young players what to do.

“The camp alone was awesome,” Cameron said. “Just being able to help and teach the game that we love so much to other people was important to us.”

The orphanage, though, was an experience that will linger for a long time.

“One of the heaviest things ever,” Cameron said. “You see these kids and you almost want to adopt every single one of them. But at the same time they’re so positive and happy for us to be there.”

“They’re living in an orphanage,” Mingo said. “And they still found time to come out and visit with us and play. Amazing.”

Players spent time with the kids, kicked the soccer ball and did whatever they could. They then washed the feet of the kids before giving them shoes, courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet.

China’s orphanage had an entirely different level of experience.

“A lot of the kids had disabilities,” Barnidge said. “It’s heartbreaking. They’re out in the middle of nowhere and it’s just not fair. Why does this have to happen?”

But what Barnidge also remembers is that those kids were simply happy to meet American football players.

“Seeing their face smiling, that in itself is very rewarding,” he said.

The trip does involve some vacation time; the group bonds as they spend time together in the country after the humanitarian work is complete. Barnidge and Giacomini fund AFWB entirely on their own, though they’re actively looking for a sponsor.

For Barnidge, it’s part of giving, which he considers important. He works with Ohio Guidestone (formerly the Berea Children’s Home) to host 10 kids at every game and take them on a Christmas shopping spree. He said he wants to give back to “the less fortunate kids,” which is why he decided to visit the orphanages and partner with Samaritan’s Feet.

“In the position we’re in we can touch lives just by saying hi or spending time with somebody,” Barnidge said. “I don’t think people understand that enough. Just by spending 10 minutes with someone or signing an autograph you can change somebody’s life.”

“It wasn’t until we really got there,” Mingo said, “that it all made sense.”
AURORA, Ohio -- Monday was coach Mike Pettine's turn to calm the frayed nerves of Cleveland Browns fans.

"We do have a plan," Pettine said about the team's receiver situation.

He would not detail the plan or hint at it, but he confidently stated the team has a plan to address a perceived need at receiver for the Browns.

The talk about the spot has raged in Cleveland since the report broke that Josh Gordon would miss the season due to a failed drug test, a report Pettine could not address specifically. But he did address the receiver position, and the fact that the Browns did not draft a receiver even though they were aware of Gordon's failed test, as reported by "Outside the Lines."

"This situation didn't call for panic," Pettine said.

Which is always a positive.

Gordon's teammates expressed strong hope that Gordon still can play. All admitted losing him would be a serious blow.

"He is a key player to us," linebacker Jabaal Sheard said. "It's important that we have him. Hopefully that's not the situation."

"He's a great player, that's the bottom line," linebacker Paul Kruger said. "One of the best receivers in the league."

Pettine, though, echoed the thoughts of GM Ray Farmer, who said the Browns have to be a team that can withstand the loss of a player.

"Losing players for extended periods of time is part of the game," Pettine said. "Successful franchises are the ones with enough depth built and enough options scheme-wise, coaching-wise to account for it."

The issue is what happens when the Browns lose this particular player, as it certainly seems they will. Players leaned on the "next man up" theory, and said they believe they still can win.

Depending on what happens, tight end Jordan Cameron could be most affected by Gordon's absence.

"You have to pay extra special attention to [Gordon] when he's out there," Cameron said. "Obviously that takes eyes off of me. But I feel like [offensive coordinator] Kyle [Shanahan] will figure out a way to make things happen. He'll find ways to get guys the ball and be creative."
The Cleveland Browns' offense got better again on Tuesday.

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When the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match the offer sheet the Browns gave him, receiver Andrew Hawkins became a Brown. In four days, the team added Hawkins and a starting running back in Ben Tate.

Hawkins steps into the slot/third-receiver role that Davone Bess made such a mess of a year ago. Hawkins is younger, faster and better after the catch than Bess. He’s a playmaker, and an offense can never have enough playmakers.

The Browns so far in free agency have added Donte Whitner, Karlos Dansby and Isaiah Trufant on defense, and Tate and now Hawkins on offense.

The offensive guys are more significant, because the Browns pretty much had Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron and nothing else in 2013. Now they have a legitimate back to run the ball and a third-down receiver to catch the ball. Both have to stay healthy, but so do Gordon and Cameron.

On paper, the Browns are a better team than a week ago.

And that’s a good start to an offseason.
The Cleveland Browns are getting a little more serious about free agency. Really serious.

The team confirmed several reports Thursday night that running back Ben Tate was in town to visit with the team and would be in the team’s facility on Friday. Tate wants to be a feature back; the Browns lack one. Tate has been considered one of the best fits on the market for the Browns; he averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career.

Tate is a big back with ability and for a couple years he and Arian Foster formed one of the best tandems in the league in Houston. But Foster was the No. 1 guy, and Tate wants to be.

The Browns can give him that opportunity, but of course any contract signing comes down to money.

As highly regarded as Tate is, ESPN’s Bill Polian gave him a C grade on his free-agent tracking chart, same as he gave Peyton Hillis.

Polian calls Tate a “confrontational runner” with a physical style that can lead to injury. He has never played a full, 16-game season, missing time to ankle, hamstring, foot and rib injuries.

“He is a little bit of a teaser because you are always looking for him to have a breakout year but he never quite lives up to his potential,” Polian opined.

Earlier in the day the Browns signed tight end Jim Dray, whose reputation is as a blocking tight end. He showed pass-catching ability, but Dray played last season in Arizona, where coach Bruce Arians makes no secret he wants his tight ends to be blockers first.

That could mesh well with Jordan Cameron, who is more of a receiver first -- though Cameron did work on and improve his blocking as last season progressed.

The Browns also signed Cincinnati receiver Andrew Hawkins to an offer sheet, and the Bengals are not expected to match.

If all goes well, the Browns could conceivably add a starting linebacker and safety, a backup cornerback, a backup tight end, a slot receiver with speed and a starting running back in the first week of free agency.

And the draft planning has barely begun.

The most expensive Browns in 2014

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The release of D'Qwell Jackson leads a wandering mind to wonder: What players will cost the Cleveland Browns the most money this season?

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AP Photo/David RichardJoe Thomas' $10.9 million base salary is the highest among offensive linemen in the league.
Here they are, in terms of their cash cost, which equals base salary plus any bonuses.
A few thoughts:

Yes, Paul Kruger is indeed the second-highest paid player on the team.

Kruger’s base salary is the fourth highest among linebackers in the league, behind only St. Louis’ James Laurinaitis ($10 million), Jacksonville’s Paul Posluszny ($7.45 million) and Pittsburgh’s LaMarr Woodley ($8 million).

Yes, Campbell ranks fifth on the Browns. And Bess sixth.

Sigh.

It will be shocking if either Campbell or Bess is with the team in 2014.

Four of the top seven highest paid were signed in the Joe Banner-Mike Lombardi era: Kruger, Bess, Campbell and Bryant.

Greco’s $1.7 million roster bonus is due the fifth day of the league year, which would be March 16.

Thomas has the highest base salary ($10.9 million) among the league’s offensive linemen, and his cash cost for 2014 ranks second among linemen to Philadelphia’s Jason Peters’ $12 million. The contract extension Thomas signed in 2011 included $29.5 million in guaranteed money.

ProFootballTalk.com reported that Rubin could be on the cut list due to his salary. We’ll see.

Here are the 10 most expensive Browns as they fall under the salary cap, with prorated signing bonuses included in the calculations:

  • Thomas, $12.3 million
  • Haden, $8.9 million
  • Kruger, $8.2 million
  • Rubin, $8.175 million
  • Bryant, $4 million
  • LB Barkevious Mingo, $3.715 million
  • Taylor, $2.575 million
  • Grego, $2.43 million
  • QB Brandon Weeden, $2.204 million
  • Campbell, $3.25 million

Cameron shows combine's value

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The NFL scouting combine has turned into a personality event for the public as much as it's a test of players' speed and agility for scouts.

A once-small media group has turned into a horde that fills the space in a Lucas Oil Field Stadium club lounge, and as many as five interviews could be taking place at the same time.

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The words of Johnny Manziel, Michael Sam and Jadeveon Clowney will be dissected as if their 15 minutes was the most important 15 minutes of the decade. Last year it was Manti Te’o, the year before Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.

It’s the silly beginning of the silly season, where the value for the media comes in learning the personal sides of players.

It’s an amazing event really -- some call it a “non-event” -- but it’s also one that matters to certain players.

Consider Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. Coming out of USC, he had started for one year and had 16 catches and a touchdown. He would have gone unnoticed had it not been for his work in the East-West Shrine Game. But it was at the combine where Cameron really opened eyes. He finished in the top three of all drills, and was fifth among tight ends in the bench press. That led the Browns to take him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He progressed steadily as a player, and this season went to the Pro Bowl.

“Luckily they put so much stock into [the combine],” Cameron said in an interview last November. “It means absolutely nothing. It doesn’t tell you how good a football player someone is.”

What does it tell?

“It shows you can run and jump high,” Cameron said. “Luckily I did both of those things.”

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was not invited to the combine, nor was Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins. He told the team’s website that the combine measures what a player can’t do. But if a scouting staff is smart and does its work, it can find a player like Cameron.

“There’s certain things that I would imagine some scouts take from the combine,” Cameron said. “But at the end of the day that’s not football. They put a lot a lot of stock in it. It was huge for me.

“I treated that very seriously because I needed something to open peoples’ eyes.”
It’s a safe bet that if new Browns coach Mike Pettine or anyone else in the organization was watching the Pro Bowl, their hearts skipped a beat early in the second quarter.

That was when Josh Gordon ran a reverse and safety T.J. Ward torpedoed Gordon for the tackle. The result sent Gordon flipping head over heels.

Great drama, especially for a practice game.

Except the hit from Ward looked pretty close to the hit that demolished the knee of New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. Had Gordon been planted or extended, the result easily could have been a serious injury to the Browns premier player.

Ward went low, knee level. Just like he did to Gronkowski. Luckily for Gordon and the Browns, Gordon was able to see Ward coming and he jumped just before the hit, which resulted in the flip (the play is at the 50 second mark here).

Which shows the folly of the game, and the folly of the league’s publicity ploy that wound up having teammates play teammates (or teammates playing soon-to-be-free-agent-teammates) in a game that is supposed to approximate preseason play.

All the Browns would have needed would have been for the Gordon to be lost for the season with a knee injury in the Pro Bowl.

That it could have happened shows how silly the game has become, prime time draft or no prime time draft. It’s essentially is a Hawaiian vacation to the league’s best players with a sort-of-game at the end of the week, a game where nobody is supposed to get hurt.

Imagine the feelings in Cleveland had Gordon been injured.

The NFL’s newest format received positive reviews -- Tropical Thriller was the way that NFL.com labeled the game, an alliterative form of hyperbole if ever there was one -- but it’s still a practice game.

Gordon’s numbers and the touchdown passes caught by Gordon and Jordan Cameron were impressive. It was a great experience for the Browns six Pro Bowlers -- Gordon, Cameron, Alex Mack, Joe Haden, Joe Thomas and Ward.

But it sure wouldn’t have been worth an injury, especially from a teammate.
PITTSBURGH -- Cleveland Browns players reacted angrily to the mere notion that coach Rob Chudzinski could be fired following the team’s 4-12 season.

And when they spoke in the locker room after the season-ending loss to the Steelers, they weren’t even sure it would happen. As they spoke, there were only rumors about the possibility. By early evening, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen cited his sources in saying the decision was made and would be announced early this week.

The feelings of the players were evident, though.

“That’s ridiculous,” linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said.

“I’d be very surprised if they make a change,” tackle Joe Thomas said. “And disappointed.”

“I like coach Chud a lot,” said tight end Jordan Cameron. “He’s a great coach and he did a great job, and it’s his first year. I like the way he is. He’s a competitor and he’s a grinder.”

Cameron later added: “Guys deserve a chance to turn a program around and get things going, so (the possibility) is kind of shocking. I’m all for Chud and what he does, and support him 100 percent.”

Safety T.J. Ward, who could be a free agent, said the team believed in Chudzinski through the entire season.

“If we didn’t believe in him we wouldn’t have played for him,” Ward said. “You’d see a lot of rebelling and a lot of guys doing their own thing, and I don’t think that happened at all this year. It just didn’t happen the way we wanted it. When you have guys playing until the end of the season when there’s nothing to play for, you know you’ve got a good coach.”

Maybe not good enough, evidently.

Chudzinski showed little emotion about the possibility he could be replaced. Asked if he expected to be back, he said: "As far as I know."

He said he had no inkling that there was any front office dissatisfaction with his performance, and said over and over he would start this week making evaluations for next season.

“To start over again, it would be devastating, I think,” Thomas said.

“There’s reports saying that he won’t be back?” Jackson said. “Chud’s gonna be here for as long as he wants to. He’s a great head coach. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. I’m not answering any questions like that. That’s foolish, in my opinion. That’s not going to happen.”

Jordan Cameron in, Joe Haden out

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PITTSBURGH -- The Browns will have tight end Jordan Cameron in the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but they will not have cornerback Joe Haden. No doubt Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown will notice that rookie Leon McFadden is playing corner.

Other lineup changes prompted by injury include rookie Garrett Gilkey and John Greco (back from a sprained knee) starting at guard; Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston are both out with concussions. On the defensive line, Phil Taylor is out with a concussion. Ishmaa'ily Kitchen will replace him at noseguard, with Billy Winn starting at end.

Pro Bowl selections: Cleveland Browns

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Alex Mack's bargaining position just improved, in free agency and with the Browns.
Mack was selected to his second Pro Bowl as results of voting were announced Friday by the NFL.

He will be joined in Hawaii by left tackle Joe Thomas, who is going for the seventh time in seven years, wide receiver Josh Gordon (first), tight end Jordan Cameron (first) and cornerback Joe Haden (first).

In a quirk of NFL nature, the Browns have more Pro Bowl selections than wins.

Thomas’ selection continues a streak of excellence that started when he was drafted. He and Jim Brown are the only two players in team history to reach the Pro Bowl in each of their first seven seasons. He also is the tenth in NFL history to do that, with the previous nine all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Mack will be a free agent after the season, and since he joined the Browns the team has gone 23-56. He said he’d be open to staying, but Pro Bowl centers don’t often get a chance to maximize their earnings, and pick where they want to play.

Haden, too, improved his bargaining position with the selection. His contract is up after 2014, and if the Browns want to keep him they’ll probably have to give him an extension prior to next season.

With Haden and Gordon both possible candidates for new deals prior to 2014, the Browns may be happy they saved so much salary-cap space for the future.

Regarding the Browns' selections:
  • The selection of Mack and Thomas for the second time together (2010) marks the first time a pair of offensive linemen made multiple Pro Bowls since Gene Hickerson and Dick Schafrath did it from 1966-69.
  • Cameron joins Milt Morin, Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow as the only tight ends to make the team.
  • Gordon, Braylon Edwards and Webster Slaughter are the only receivers to make the team. Gordon has a very good chance to lead the NFL in receiving yards and yards per catch.
  • Haden is the first cornerback to go since Frank Minnifield in 1990.

The Browns really have no major snubs in the game, as everyone who had a solid season made the team. About the only player who could have made it but didn’t was safety T.J. Ward. He was selected as an alternate. Ward also could be a free agent after the season.

The five selected are the most for the Browns since they had seven in 2007.

Click here for the complete Pro Bowl roster.

Browns' Cameron, Taylor miss practice

December, 24, 2013
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Several Cleveland Browns missed the first practice in preparation for the season finale in Pittsburgh, but coach Rob Chudzinski would not speculate on their status for Sunday's game.

Offensive guard Jason Pinkston, defensive lineman Phil Taylor and tight end Jordan Cameron are all sidelined by concussions and undergoing NFL mandated testing.

Cornerback Joe Haden (hip), defensive lineman John Hughes (knee) and linebacker Paul Kruger (flu) also did not practice. Guard John Greco returned from a sprained knee on a limited basis.
Cornerback Joe Haden was on the practice field for the first time this week for the Cleveland Browns, but Haden said he’s still a game-time decision against the Jets because of a deep hip bruise.

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“I just tried to do warm-ups,” Haden said. “Individual drills. It felt pretty good. We’re still working day by day.”

Tight end Jordan Cameron was ruled out with a concussion.

Haden said he feels better than he did two days ago, but the issue is pain tolerance and being able to move well enough that the injury doesn’t prompt another problem like a muscle pull or strain.

“If I’m going to be able to go, it (the decision) will be Sunday,” Haden said.

Haden is listed as questionable.

In addition, receiver Davone Bess missed the past two days of practice with a personal issue. The Browns did not say more than that; Bess is also listed as questionable.

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