Browns Fantasy News

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco (illness) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Flacco got a day off due to a cold, that’s all. He's a low-end QB2 against the Browns this week.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Tate is not expected to play this week. The Browns have a Week 4 bye, so it’s possible he’ll be back in Week 5.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Browns WR Travis Benjamin (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Cameron’s return to practice, even in limited participation, is a good sign for his Week 3 availability. He’s a solid TE1 when he’s active.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Tate is not expected to play this week. The Browns have a Week 4 bye, so it’s possible he’ll be back in Week 5.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Cameron’s return to practice, even in limited participation, is a good sign for his Week 3 availability. He’s a solid TE1 when he’s active.

Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick, Stedman Bailey officially reinstated

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 10:57am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

NFL and NFLPA announce agreement on new PED policy. Broncos WR Wes Welker, Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, Rams WR Stedman Bailey have been reinstated.

NFL and NFLPA are still working on the substances of abuse policy.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker and Bailey are eligible to play this weekend. We're still waiting to hear about the substance abuse policy and the official revised suspensions for Josh Gordon and others. Gordon is widely reported to be facing a 10 game suspension.

Josh Gordon pleads guilty to DUI charge to avoid another suspension

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:55pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Some portions of the new drug policy will be retroactive. Some won’t.

Browns receiver Josh Gordon has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Under the new drug policy, a first offense will trigger a two-game suspension. Under the old drug policy, a first offense results in no suspension and a maximum fine of $50,000.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon pleaded guilty now to ensure that he will not receive a two-game suspension for the DUI charges.

The guilty plea was submitted by Gordon’s lawyer; he was not required to appear personally in court. In exchange for the plea, Gordon received a 60-day suspended sentence. He also must pay a $100 fine. His driver’s license has been suspended.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon is still expected to be suspended a total of 10 games under the new substance-abuse policy, which after two weeks is now down to 8 more games. Reports over the weekend say he was already informed of the suspension. Previously, he had been suspended for the entire 2014 season. However keep in mind, the new policy is not yet official and some speculate it could be Gordon's case that's holding it up.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (knee, out) has been ruled out for Week 2. Tate is reportedly going to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell were both impressive on Sunday, but West gets the starting nod after being ahead of Crowell all offseason. He is a fantasy RB2 this week against a so-so Saints rush defense.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 2. Cameron is very iffy for Week 2. The Browns play early on Sunday, so owners should get a Plan B ready.

NFLPA may vote Friday on new drug policy

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:27pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The NFL Players Association said its 32 player representatives could vote on a new drug policy Friday, union spokesman George Atallah said via Twitter Thursday evening.

"NFLPA Player Representatives have been asked to set aside time tomorrow to review and potentially vote on new drug policies," Atallah wrote.

The NFL and the union have been engaged in negotiations on a revised drug policy all week, and an agreement by Friday could overturn or reduce the current suspensions of several players, including Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, serving a four-game suspension for a positive test for a banned amphetamine, and Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, suspended for the entire season because of multiple substance abuse violations.

Fantasy Impact:

This could impact the availability of Welker and Gordon. Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Browns RB Ben Tate (knee) was ruled out for Week 2. Tate is reportedly going to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell were both impressive on Sunday, but West gets the starting nod after being ahead of Crowell all offseason. He is a fantasy RB2 this week against a so-so Saints rush defense.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) missed practice again Thursday. Cameron is looking iffy for Week 2.

Schefter: Browns WR Josh Gordon still looking at a multi-game suspension

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4:29pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Both sides, NFL and NFLPA, hoping to finalize a new drug policy tonight in which suspensions will wind up being overturned.

Schefter appeared on ESPN's NFL Insiders today and said if NFL/NFLPA agreement is approved, Browns WR Josh Gordon would still be suspended for some games.

Fantasy Impact:

This situation is very much up in the air, but it appears that Gordon will play this year. The question is -- how much? Schefter suggested a 6-10 game suspension. If they include time served (the first two weeks), then Gordon could return in Week 8 under a six-game suspension and Week 12 under a 10-game suspension. It's unclear what the rationale would be for a partial ban. Either his failed test would have been negative under the new rules or it wouldn't. Stay tuned.

Browns TE Jordan Cameron's shoulder is 'all good,' considered 'day-to-day'

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 11:05pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron underwent an MRI on his sprained right shoulder and it showed no structural damage.

"Yeah, it's all good,'' he said. "Right now, it's just a day-by-day thing. Just seeing how it feels when I wake up, and we'll go from there.''

Fantasy Impact:

Cameron is still questionable for this week. The Browns need him desperately to keep pace with the Saints.