Browns links: Revisiting fourth down


A look at what's happening on the Cleveland Browns beat:

  • The fourth-down measurement in Sunday's game against the Ravens, one in which referee Bill Vinovich used a piece of paper to try to determine whether the nose of the ball aligned with the marker, was handled correctly, according to the NFL. “The measurement was handled in accordance with the rules,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora wrote to The Akron Beacon Journal in an email. “Once the chains are in place, the referee looks at the ball in relation to the line to gain for a first down, as indicated by the chains, and then makes the call. Though it is very unusual to see the referee use a card to aid in the measurement, there is nothing that prohibits it in the rules.”

  • The Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw believes the popular choice to fill in for Brandon Weeden is local product Brian Hoyer. "Jason Campbell has apparently lost public support after entering Sunday’s game in relief of Brandon Weeden with his team backed up to the 1-yard line," Shaw wrote. "His sin? Looking rusty as he impersonated a man trying to elude a shark tornado."

  • The Browns waived wide receiver Tori Gurley to make room on the roster for wide receiver Josh Gordon, who served the final game of his suspension Sunday. Here's the story in The Plain Dealer.

  • The city of Cleveland will pay a firm nearly $400,000 to gauge what repairs must be made at FirstEnergy Stadium before it considers the Browns' projected $120 million wish list of renovations, The Plain Dealer reported.