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Chargers’ Rivers off to 1 of the best starts of his career

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Even though Philip Rivers is one of the elder statesmen among NFL quarterbacks, the Chargers’ longtime signal-caller is off to one of the best starts of his 15-year career.Rivers enters Sunday’s game against Cleveland leading the AFC with a 116.4 passer rating. It is his highest after five games since […]

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Beware of Browns: Snoop Dogg drops in on turnaround team

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Their days as a pitiful punching bag appear to be over for the Browns. They’re swinging back, picking up wins and even attracting celebrities.On Wednesday, superstar rapper Snoop Dogg pulled up in his tour bus and made a surprise visit to practice.Bow wow!But while the Browns may have gone from being […]

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Chiefs sign ex-Browns LB Nate Orchard to help ailing defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nate Orchard has gone from a highly drafted pick of the Cleveland Browns to a featured star on HBO’s documentary series “Hard Knocks” to the couch as an unemployed linebacker in the NFL.Now, he’s suiting up for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.Maybe even the Super Bowl favorites.Orchard signed with […]

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Mayfield, Browns look legit in thrilling OT win over Ravens

CLEVELAND (AP) — With their latest edge-of-your-seat thriller, the Cleveland Browns’ days as a laughingstock appear over.They look legit.And with a rookie star leading them, one of the NFL’s best feel-good stories this season.Baker Mayfield displayed some of the late magic he performed routinely for Oklahoma and Greg Joseph lined a 37-yard field goal that […]

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Browns place CB Terrance Mitchell on injured reserve

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns placed starting cornerback Terrance Mitchell on injured reserve with a broken right wrist.Mitchell got hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s 45-42 loss at Oakland. He underwent surgery on Monday, when coach Hue Jackson said he didn’t think Mitchell’s injury was season-ending. The team can designate two players to return […]

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Browns releasing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon’s troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns has ended.The team isn’t going to help him any longer. He let them down for the final time.The Browns announced Saturday night that it intends to release the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, whose immense talent has been overshadowed by substance abuse that has […]

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Saints narrowly prolong Browns’ winless streak 21-18

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed less than 10 minutes to obliterate what looked like a milestone victory for the seemingly cursed Cleveland Browns.Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right […]

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Gordon decision, Gonzalez misses, add to Browns’ misfortune

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A day after deciding to move on from troubled receiver Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns now have cause to consider cutting loose their kicker, too.The Browns were kicking themselves after yet another missed opportunity Sunday, losing 21-18 to the Saints in no small part because Zane Gonzalez missed two field goals […]

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Passing judgment: Mayfield ‘humbled’ by praise from Brees

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield has assorted shiny trophies, plaques and awards from his college days. Probably more than he realizes.So far, his biggest NFL honor can’t be hung or placed on a shelf.Mayfield was humbled by compliments made toward him by Saints star quarterback Drew Brees, who believes the Browns rookie is destined […]

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Browns WR Josh Gordon pushes forward after puzzling opener

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Even days later, Josh Gordon’s emotions remain jumbled following his first season-opening game since he was a rookie in 2012.The Browns stopped their 17-game losing streak by tying the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Gordon still isn’t sure how he feels about it.”Conflicted,” he said.So was Gordon’s game. And confusing.He wasn’t supposed […]

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