Tag:Cleveland Browns
Posted on: August 9, 2010 11:09 am

Gerard Lawson nailed for DUI, 'hit-skip'

Posted by Will Brinson

Gerard Lawson, a Browns DB and special teams player, was pulled by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department for driving under the influence and turned over to Cleveland police who charged him with DUI and "hit-skip" (which I presume is the same thing as hit-and-run) on Sunday morning.

Lawson, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer , was driving down Sixth Street in the Warehouse District when he hit a car

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said in a statement: "We are aware of the situation with Gerard and are continuing to gather all the information. Until we have done that, we will not make any further comment."

Needless to say, if Lawson is convicted of DUI and hit-skip, the third-year player who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Browns in 2008 will probably face some discipline from the league and/or the Browns.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:40 pm

Shaun Rogers's health could be a problem

Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote today:

Nose tackle Shaun Rogers (who suffered a serious leg injury late last season), who still hasn't passed his physical, did some work on blocking sleds with a trainer nearby. It appeared a sign of progress that Rogers might soon come off PUP and rejoin his teammates. But coach Eric Mangini threw water on that thought when he said, "I don't think we're close right now. I think we're a little ways away."

Rogers’s absence is critical. The Browns are prepared to go with Ahtyba Rubin at nose tackle, but Rogers’s presence would still be sorely missed on the edges. Starting ends Kenyon Coleman and Robaire Smith were both underwhelming last season. (The former hasn’t shown the same level as energy that he did as a backup for the Cowboys and Jets, and the latter is in his 30’s and wore down late in the schedule).

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:16 pm

AFC North Preview, Podcast Style

Just like Monday, it's preview time, podcast style. Wednesday's edition features the AFC North.

Anyway, Josh and I run through the division, asking the hard questions: Has the Ravens dominant side of the ball shifted? What will happen with the circus in Cincinnati? Can the Steelers contend with Big Ben suspended? And why does Cleveland still have sports teams?

That's, right: all that and more, all for the low, low price of clicking a play button. Got a question you want answered on the show? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL ) or email will.brinson [at] cbs [dot] com .

We'll be running out a few of these a week, so there's plenty of time. Oh, and also, be a friend and subscribe either by RSS or iTunes below.

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-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:19 pm

Engram looking to impact the Browns

Browns WR Bobby Engram, at 37 years old, is only two years younger than coach Eric Mangini. But to Cleveland president Mike Holmgren, Engram’s age doesn’t matter. All that matters is what he can bring to the team.

Which is what exactly? How much can a guy like Engram – who’s been a solid receiver for much of his career but who was cut by the disastrous Chiefs last year – really help a Browns unit in desperate need of some offense?

Which also leads to this question: how much can newly-signed QB Jake Delhomme help (but that’s an aside for another day)? For now, Holmgren seems confident in his newest WR.

"He's a special man,” Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain Dealer . “He's one of those rare guys that you want other players, particularly young players, to be around. He's played a long time but he kept in great shape. He's an amazing guy, physically, that way."

Holmgren should know. After all, they worked together in Seattle (it should be noted that Engram is only three seasons removed from a career-year of 94 catches, 1,147 yards and six touchdowns while playing for the Seahawks).

Engram, though, isn’t a lock to make the team. Josh Cribbs is the most-talented player on the team not named Joe Thomas, and Cleveland likes young receivers Chansi Stuckey, Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie. But all Engram wanted was a chance.

"I've got my work cut out for me," Engram told the paper. "They've got some talented young guys. I think the competition only makes you better. At end of the day, they will make the decision on what's best for the Browns."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:02 am

Without Hardesty, Harrison is Browns top RB

Browns second-round pick Montario Hardesty was expected to compete with Jerome Harrison for the right to start at RB, but after twisting his knee last week, Hardesty likely will miss the next few weeks of practice.

"We're taking it real slow, conservative,” coach Eric Mangini said Saturday in quotes captured by the Associated Press . "We'll see where it is at that point (after rehabbing it)."

Hardesty had performed well during the offseason, and though Harrison had an awesome end of last year – rushing for 561 yards and five TDs in the final three games of the season to help save Mangini’s job – the Browns drafted Hardesty in the second round of the Draft.

Though Hardesty was injury-prone while he played at Tennessee, the Browns – who traded up to the second round in order to snag him – liked his bruising style. Not only that, Cleveland eventually plans to make him the featured back in the offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 9:48 am

Browns sign second-rounder Montario Hardesty

Montario Hardesty, the Cleveland Browns' second-rounder, has come to terms with the team on a deal according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain-Dealer .

Joe Haden and T.J. Ward (the Browns first- and other second-rounder, respectively) remain unsigned, but the news that Hardesty's headed towards camp is good for Cleveland: regardless of the rushing totals for Jerome Harrison at the end of 2009, there's a reason why Cleveland moved several picks to slide up and grab Hardesty when they did. (Outside of "he's really talented" -- Harrison's run was a bit of a scheduling mirage.)

Specifically, the Browns believe that they can be a much more offensively potent team with some Hardesty and Harrison splitting carries. Oh yes: they have Jake Delhomme starting at quarterback (most likely), so the more firepower they can generate at the running back position, the better.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 5:16 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 5:32 pm

McCoy close to signing rookie deal

While the Browns today signed one of their third-round picks, OG Shawn Lauvao, the splashier news is that, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot , the team's other third-round pick is close to coming to terms on his own deal.

A league source told Cabot that QB Colt McCoy – who was serenaded and roasted by former Texas teammate Jordan Shipley during the McCoy wedding last week – could have a deal done by later today or Friday.

Meanwhile, Cabot writes that Lauvao, “who will compete for a starting guard job, can make up to $3.22 million and will receive a $697,000 signing bonus.” McCoy, for the record, was picked seven spots ahead of Lauvao.

UPDATE (5:30 PM ET):
According to ESPN's James Walker , the McCoy deal is done. Apparently, it's a four-year deal worth up to $5 million.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 4:40 pm

LeCharles Bentley Suing Cleveland Browns

LeCharles Bentley is suing his former team, the Cleveland Browns, for fraud and negligent misrepresentation.

The lawsuit stems from the staph infection that ended his career four years ago, and is awkwardly similar to the suit that Joe Jurevicious settled with the Browns last month . (Except that Jurevicious also sued the Cleveland Clinic; Bentley is only filing against the team.)

Bentley's lawyer Susan Polk told the Plain-Dealer :
"The Browns convinced LeCharles to rehab at their facility. Nothing required him to do it. That wasn't part of his job. They told him their facility was the best and that they had successfully helped others. But they never told him about a host of unsanitary conditions there, and they never told him about the list of others who contracted staph before he chose to rehab there.

"Had the Browns disclosed that stuff to him, had they been straight with him, he would have never agreed to rehab at their training facility. The man nearly died from the staph infection he got there."
The timing is particularly convenient -- in a legal sense -- in that Jurevicious just settled. While the details of that settlement are confidential, it stands to reason that Bentley's attorney wanted to wait and see the outcome of the first lawsuit before filing; the second domino (read: settlement) is always much easier to knock down once the first one's fallen.

That's not to say that Bentley will cruise to a pile of cash here, it's just that when you have multiple people all in the same place who develop an identical medical problem (the two plaintiffs, plus Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow, Brian Russell and Ben Taylor all suffered staph infections while playing for Cleveland), it becomes increasingly difficult for the defense to provide a good explanation for why they shouldn't cough up some money.

-- Will Brinson

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