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The Cleveland Browns fear an ankle injury suffered during practice Wednesday could sideline defensive end Myles Garrett for weeks, a source told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Garrett is expected to undergo an MRI on the ankle. Head coach Hue Jackson told reporters he’ll await word from team doctors on the severety of the rookie’s injury before thinking about his availability for Week 1, and potentially beyond.

“We will see. I don’t want to make medical decisions. I am not very good at them so we will see where we are as we move through the week,” Jackson said.

The 21-year-old battled through a foot injury during the summer but had since recovered.

Garrett was selected first overall in the 2017 NFL Draft and is expected to be the cornerstone of the Browns’ rebuilding efforts.

The former Texas A&M standout stated on draft night that it was goal to “chop down” Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Browns’ Week 1 opponent.

Jackson said he supported Garrett declaring his ambitions.

“Absolutely, I do. Now you have to back it up,” Jackson said. “You can say that, but I think he understands that his teammates are with him in that. In order to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, we do have to get Ben down. That is just the truth. That is not something that is out of the ordinary. I think he was expressing what is true. In order to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, you have to slow Ben down. That is the only way to slow him down is by getting him on the ground.”

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Brock Osweiler has endured an eventful 18 months since leaving his first NFL franchise, the Denver Broncos – and the quarterback is apparently just happy to be home.

Osweiler appeared to have burned his bridges with the Broncos when he jumped ship for a big-money deal with the Houston Texans in March 2016. But after being released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday, the Broncos re-signed Osweiler as Trevor Siemian‘s backup, with Paxton Lynch sidelined due to a shoulder injury.

On Monday, Osweiler opened up about his decision to leave Denver, calling his return “probably a top five, if not three, day of my life,” according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post.

“Any hard feelings? No, and if you look back at all my interviews from the time that I signed with Houston and then traded up to Cleveland, I spoke volumes about this organization, I spoke volumes of this city,” Osweiler said, according to Jhabvala. “I have nothing but love and appreciation for this organization, for John Elway, for Joe Ellis, for the Bowlen family, just for this community itself. Our old neighbors have reached out. This is just such a special place and there’s nothing but love. And that’s how it’s always been.

“I want people to know that decision didn’t come lightly. I didn’t sleep for about a week. I was sick to my stomach every single day. I was a mess. At the end of the day, I tried making the best business decision for myself and my family. Whether I made the best one or not, that could be argued. But the fact of the matter is it was made. I’m not going to live in the past. But I’ve always had nothing but love and appreciation for the Denver Broncos and the city of Denver.”

Osweiler was dumped by the Texans after an abysmal 2016. Houston was forced to send the Browns a second-round pick to take the veteran pivot off its hands, in what was effectively a salary-dump move.

Despite his struggles in Houston and his inability to beat out rookie DeShone Kizer for the Browns’ starting job, Osweiler is still confident in his talents.

“I do see myself as a starter in the National Football League,” Osweiler said, according to Jhabvala. “I feel like I proved that back in 2015. However, in saying that, this is Trevor Siemian’s team, and my job is to be the backup of this football team and do it to the best of my ability. Get the scout team running, get our defense ready to go. And I’m going to embrace that role with everything I have because, like I said, I’m so happy to be back here, and there’s no greater place in the NFL.”

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CLEVELAND (AP) Unions representing Cleveland police and paramedics say they won’t hold a large American flag before the Cleveland Browns’ season opener because of previous player protests during the national anthem.

The unions’ refusal to participate in the on-field ceremony at First Energy Stadium before next Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers comes after nearly a dozen Browns players knelt during the anthem before a preseason home game last month.

The president of the Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees Local 1975 said Saturday the protest has upset union members. Dan Nemeth says he’s troubled that Browns management allowed the protests.

A team spokesman has said the organization respects the anthem and flag but also respects personal expression.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association members also are refusing to participate in the flag ceremony.

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Despite failing to earn a contract following a recent workout with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is still eager to play in the CFL, a source told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Manziel is reportedly continuing to discuss a potential contract with the Tiger-Cats, though no deal is on the horizon.

“This is something he very much wants,” the source told Fowler.

Manziel worked out for the Tiger-Cats last week but the team decided not to sign him, reportedly because it saw “too many red flags” in the former Heisman Trophy winner. Manziel repeatedly had his work ethic and dedication to the sport questioned while playing with the Cleveland Browns.

Hamilton owns the Manziel’s negotiating rights, meaning the 24-year-old can’t sign with another CFL team unless the Tiger-Cats trade his rights.

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Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson officially named rookie DeShone Kizer as the team’s starting quarterback Sunday.

Jackson told reporters he was very close to naming Kizer as the starter following Saturday’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and made the decision after further reflection.

“He’s a young QB and still has a lot to learn. He’s going to learn a lot and the only way you get that is through experience,” Jackson told reporters on a conference call.

Kizer impressed Jackson and the rest of the Browns’ coaching staff during the preseason, separating himself from Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler, and Kevin Hogan – all of whom were vying for the starting job.

“He’s earned the right,” Jackson said. “This is not just for the moment. It’s very exciting. It’s been good to watch his development. We all have to do our jobs to better support him.”

The former Notre Dame standout is the first Browns rookie to open the season as the team’s starting quarterback since Brandon Weeden in 2012.

Kizer was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft and the Browns hope he’s the long-term answer to their perennial woes at quarterback, as the organization looks to accelerate their rebuild during the upcoming season.

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Browns tight end Seth DeValve became the man that national-anthem protester Michael Bennett had been hoping for, as he joined a group of Cleveland players who chose to kneel and huddle during The Star-Spangled Banner before a preseason game against the New York Giants on Monday night.

DeValve is believed to be the first white NFL player to kneel during the anthem this year, and the second-year pro opened up about why he was motivated to do so.

“The United States is the greatest country in the world. It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does,” DeValve said, according to USA TODAY Sports. “The issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee.”

DeValve’s wife, Erica Harris, is also African-American.

“We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still need to change. I myself will be raising children that don’t look like me, and I want to do my part as well to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have right now.”

Browns linebackers Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey, running backs Duke Johnson, Terrence Magee, Isaiah Crowell and Brandon Wilds, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Calvin Pryor, and cornerback Jamar Taylor all knelt for the anthem alongside DeValve.

Others, including rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, offensive tackle Shon Coleman, punter Britton Colquitt, cornerback Jason McCourty, and offensive guard Marcus Martin, showed their support by standing next to the circle and placing a hand on a shoulder of a kneeling teammate.

Last week, Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson clarified his comments that initially indicated he’d be unhappy with any protests by his team, saying he would respect any decision to kneel during the anthem.

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BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns are hoping to host the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020.

The team has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to potentially host the annual three-day event. The group delivered its application to league headquarters in New York last week.

After years at Radio City Music Hall, the draft has been on the road the past few years, with stops in Chicago and Philadelphia. The league will celebrate its 100th season in 2019 and the Hall of Fame is celebrating its centennial in Canton the following year.

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam noted the area’s rich football history make Cleveland and Canton ”the ideal sites for the NFL draft due to our region’s unmatched passion and respect for football, as well as our commitment to its future and the next generation of Hall of Fame players.”