Saturday, December 27, 2014, 7:00pm
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns announced wideout Phil Bates has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Ravens. It’s unclear why Bates won’t play, but the club did say it was not an injury-related decision, per the Beacon Journal. Bates did not accompany the club to Baltimore, according to the report.
With Gordon and Bates out, the Browns have five available receivers: Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins, Marlon Moore and Rodney Smith. However, Hawkins is questionable with a thumb injury, though he did put in a limited practice on Friday after not practicing Wednesday. (The club had Thursday off.)
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Austin was hurt in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Austin remains in the Erie County Medical Center.
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm
Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 11. Hawkins is a Sneaky Start in a nice matchup with the Texans.
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm
Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Hawkins was close to playing last week, so we’re expecting him to suit up in Week 11 for a nice matchup with the Texans.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. If Hawkins can’t play, Taylor Gabriel and Miles Austin would get a bump. The Browns are really hurting for healthy pass-catchers with Jordan Cameron out and Hawkins iffy.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 10:58am
Browns OC Kyle Shanahan said Taylor Gabriel would be the team’s third receiver, behind Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin. He said Hawkins played only in the slot when he was in Cincinnati, but has been used inside and out since he joined the Browns in March. Gabriel is an undrafted rookie free agent.
Burleson also visited the Miami Dolphins during free agency and they could be a logical landing spot.
Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins look to be the top WRs for the Browns. Burleson only recently came back after missing time in camp and was in a tough spot. With the loss of Josh Gordon and issues at QB with Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, no Cleveland WR is looking like a solid play at this point.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:07pm
Browns WRs Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, and Travis Benjamin are locks, while Nate Burleson is too valuable to release after Josh Gordon was suspended for the season by the NFL. Charles Johnson is attempting to hang onto his job under heavy pushes from undrafted rookies Taylor Gabriel and Willie Snead, with Marlon Moore a longshot.
Johnson has gotten a bit of hype as a potential sleeper with Josh Gordon out, but he's still fighting for a roster spot.
Per a league source, hearing officer Harold Henderson has upheld the one-year suspension.
It means that Gordon will be banished from the team and the league for a full calendar year. He’ll be eligible for reinstatement as of August 27, 2015, only days before the start of the 2015 regular season.
There were unsourced reports (from the Browns blog Dawg Pound Nation) that Gordon’s camp was planning to sue the NFL if his suspension was upheld, so we would wait for the dust to settle before dropping him. There is a big movement to cut Gordon at this point, but we don’t see the benefit of rushing to do so. We recommend playing the waiting game a while longer and see what Gordon’s camp does next (if anything). A potential injunction may allow Gordon to play in 2014. If he’s out, the entire Browns offense takes a hit, save for Jordan Cameron, who should see a ton of targets, and possibly Ben Tate, if the team elects to go run-heavy. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins likely see the bulk of the targets at wide receiver.
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