BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – John Dorsey wasted no time getting to work Friday in his first official day on the job.
Dorsey’s first official roster move: cutting receiver Kenny Britt.
Britt had become a cancer on and off of the field while not even coming close to living up to the ridiculous 4-year, $32.5 million contract with $17 million in guarantees that he received in the offseason.
Britt caught 18 passes for 233 yards with 2 touchdowns in 9 games, 4 of them starts.
Taking Britt’s roster spot is defensive back Justin Currie, who was elevated from the practice squad and could be needed on Sunday with rookie safety Jabrill Peppers listed as doubtful for the game.
Frozen Tundra – Head coach Hue Jackson was forced to move his Friday walk-through practice indoors because the fields in Berea have started to freeze with colder temperatures taking hold in northeast Ohio this week.
“We went out on the field and the players looked at me like I was sick or something,” Jackson said. “We were outside and they started saying, ‘Coach, this field is hard as a rock. What are we going to do?’ I made the decision to bring them inside.
“The first note on my practice plan was we have to get heat on these fields because when we are having the opportunity in the future to start getting ready for the playoffs and these late season games like this, we are going to need to be outside practicing. I like to be outdoors.”
Man of the Year – Tight end Randall Telfer was named the Browns’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
“It means quite a bit. To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to get nominated,” Telfer said. “Guys that have gotten nominated in the past – Gary Barnidge and Joe Thomas – they do a great deal for the community. It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized along those types of names, but the work continues.”
Telfer, who uses almost all of his Tuesday off days during the season for community service initiatives, frequently visits local police, fire stations and other locations to champion first responders who protect our communities while also connecting with the men and women in uniform.
Homecoming – Josh Gordon will play at FirstEnergy Stadium for the first time since Dec. 14, 2014 when the Browns host the Packers.
“Definitely a different feeling for sure as a home compared to an away game,” Gordon said. More emotional? For sure, I believe. I hope the fans are into it. I will be into it and excited regardless of the occasion. It is just that extra amp because it is a home game and I haven’t played here in a long time so I am super excited.
“I think the fans come with it every week. I believe that feeling will be reciprocated, whether I am there or not, but hopefully, it is just a little bit more amplified. I will have a good time. I hope they have good time, but I’m pretty sure we can put on a good show for them.”
Gordon caught 4 passes for a team-high 85 yards last week in LA against the Chargers while being targeted 11 times.
Honoring the Greats – The Browns and Pro Football Hall of Fame will honor Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly and Paul Warfield at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Packers.
Only Brown will be in attendance for the “ring of excellence” ceremony in which a new Hall of Fame ring will be handed out. The team said that Kelly’s daughter, Felicia, will accept the ring on his behalf.
Injury Report – DOUBTFUL: S Jabrill Peppers (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee), WR Sammie Coates (knee/ankle), TE Seth DeValve (hip), DL Tyrone Holmes (knee), DT Danny Shelton (chest/ribs); EXPECTED TO PLAY: RT Shon Coleman (thumb), TE David Njoku (wrist).