The Oklahoman

NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

NFL Notebook: Browns picking up wins, building belief in turnaround season

Advertisement
Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield celebrates after the Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Cleveland. [AP PHOTO] 

Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield celebrates after the Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Cleveland. [AP PHOTO] 

Rapper Snoop Dogg showed up at Browns practice on Wednesday.

The bandwagon is growing in Cleveland, where the NFL's worst team a year ago has suddenly become fashionable — and just maybe a playoff contender.

By beating Baltimore in overtime on Sunday, the Browns (2-2-1) doubled their win total over the past two seasons, and if not for a couple of bad bounces and breaks, they could be unbeaten.

Rookie quarterback and former Oklahoma star Baker Mayfield has infused life into the franchise and belief into his teammates as they get ready to host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Mayfield, who oozes confidence, said he knew the Browns were no longer a bad team "the second I stepped foot into this franchise. We had a special team from the get-go. Whoever we are playing has nothing to do with this team. We believe in this team that we have."

Lions acquire former OSU standout Pipkins

The Detroit Lions have acquired former Oklahoma State cornerback Lenzy Pipkins via waivers from the Indianapolis Colts and released linebacker Marquis Flowers.

Pipkins spent time on the Colts' practice squad and active roster earlier this season, appearing in one game. He played in 12 games last season for Green Bay.

Flowers has played in all five of Detroit's games so far this season.

Chiefs sign ex-Browns LB Orchard

The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Cleveland Browns linebacker Nate Orchard on Wednesday to shore up their pass rush with linebackers Justin Houston and Dee Ford hobbled by injuries.

Houston could miss several weeks after hurting his hamstring in Sunday's win over Jacksonville, and Ford has dealt with a series of minor injuries this season. Their backup, Tanoh Kpassagnon, also has missed time with a bothersome ankle.

The Chiefs also signed linebacker Frank Zombo, who had spent the past five seasons with Kansas City, when they put offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and safety Armani Watts on injured reserve Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Orchard was a second-round pick of the Browns in the 2015 draft. He spent three seasons with them before briefly joining Buffalo earlier this year.

Jaguars rule out Fournette vs. Cowboys

The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette for their game at Dallas. It will be the fourth game Fournette has missed this season.

Coach Doug Marrone says Fournette (hamstring), left tackle Josh Wells (groin) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) will miss Sunday's road game.

The Jaguars (3-2) signed veteran Jamaal Charles on Tuesday with the expectation that Fournette would be sidelined for an extended period. They also placed third-stringer Corey Grant (foot) on injured reserve.

No one would be surprised to see Fournette sidelined until after Jacksonville's bye week, potentially returning Nov. 11 against Indianapolis.

FROM WIRE REPORTS

Comments