Cody Kessler threw for 144 yards and a touchdown, Kevin Hogan tossed for 180 and two scores as the Browns topped the Bears 25-0. Cleveland hosts Pittsburgh next Sunday afternoon to open the regular season.
The Browns continued their roster overhaul yesterday when they traded offensive lineman Cam Erving, a former first-round pick, to the Chiefs for a fifth-round selection in 2018. The deal gives Cleveland 13 picks in April’s draft, including multiple selections in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.
The Cleveland Browns released two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. Coach Hue Jackson said he wanted Haden on his defense, but deferred to Sashi Brown, the team’s top front-office executive, to make decisions that help the Browns. 28-year-old Haden has played in only 18 games over the past two seasons because of injuries.
A dozen Browns players took a knee in prayer during the national anthem last night. While a group knelt behind the bench, several other players placed a hand on a kneeling teammate’s shoulder in support. Tight end Seth DeValve, who became the first know white NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem, said recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, had a lot to do with the decision.
Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson will establish a foundation dedicated to fighting human trafficking and helping its victims. While the foundation has the coach’s name, Jackson made it clear it’s a family venture, with his wife Michelle actively involved in the day-to-day operations. Jackson said the immediate effort is to provide safe housing for adult female human trafficking victims.