AFC North Blog
Josh Gordon is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He was the most productive WR in fantasy last season. He is the Browns' best offensive weapon by far, and he will be making his season debut today versus the Falcons as his 10-game suspension has ended. But if you believe ESPN's Adam Schefter and his sources, Gordon's talents won't be unleashed to the fullest extent this afternoon. Schefter tweeted this morning that a league source has told him Gordon is expected to be on the field for only 20-30 plays in Atlanta.
Pat McManamon, who covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN.com, says tight end Jordan Cameron will not play Sunday, but he did return to practice on Friday. It was his first practice since Week 8.
Cameron has missed the past three games due to concussion-related issues. He has posted 13 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown in six games this year. With Cameron out again, Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge will see the bulk of the action at tight end.
The Cleveland Browns have released running back Ben Tate according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Tate was brought to Cleveland in the off-season to be their starting running back. The emergence of rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West as viable NFL running backs made it a little easier for the team to not put up with his vocalizing of his frustration over his role.
Per their official Twitter feed, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that they have released running back LeGarrette Blount. There had been multiple reports of Blount's attitude being an issue, with several players pushing the team to let him go. He reportedly left the field early on Monday as a show of frustration over not getting any carries.
Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins returned to practice Friday and was listed as a full participant. He is currently listed as probable for Sunday's game with Houston. Hawkins is the Browns' leader in receptions (39) and receiving yards (504). After missing the team's Week 10 game against divisional foe Cincinnati due to thigh and knee injuries, it's looking like Hawkins will be good to go Sunday.
The NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals are expecting to be without running back Giovani Bernard again when they play at New Orleans this weekend. Bernard, the Bengals' leading rusher with 446 yards and five touchdowns, has missed the past two games.
Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron missed practice again Tuesday as he's still trying to get back on the playing field after suffering a concussion in the team's Week 8 game against Oakland. As long as Cameron is out, Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge will continue to get the snaps at tight end for the Browns.