Browns get prime-time game in preseason

The Cleveland Browns will appear on prime time in the 2014 preseason.

If there is such a thing as “prime time” for practice games.

The team’s second game, at the Washington Redskins, will be on ESPN on Monday, Aug. 18. It’s the Browns' first game on ESPN since 2009, and first preseason game on the network since 2008.

That was part of the preseason schedule released Wednesday by the league, and it involves a schedule adjustment for the team and fans.

Because of extensive renovations to the Browns' home stadium, they will play their first two games on the road to allow two more weeks for construction at First Energy Field.

So ... the annual Great Lakes Classic (otherwise known as the GLC) has been moved from the third week to the opener.

Thus, the game in Detroit will be the preseason opener the weekend of Aug. 7-10 (specific date and time to be announced). The game in Washington follows, with the third game in Cleveland the weekend of Aug. 21-24 against St. Louis. That will be the first chance for the fans to see the gargantuan new scoreboards and other changes.

Exhibition season ends Aug. 28 when the Bears travel to Cleveland.