The Cleveland Browns were forced to evacuate their team hotel at 5:45 AM BST (British Summer Time) after a gas leak was found in the resort kitchen. Players and team personnel were jarred from their restful slumber by the blare of fire alarms; they gathered at their temporary locker room in the hotel parking lot until the all-clear was given and were back in bed about an hour later. Hue Jackson delayed today’s activities by two hours to allow players the chance to recover some of their lost sleep.
The Browns have been staying at the luxurious Pennyhill Resort and Spa in Surrey, southwest of Twickenham stadium and London proper. The Browns extensively researched how to plan their travel and sleep before they decided to arrive Friday morning. Hue Jackson coached the London Monarchs in 1991, and is familiar with the transatlantic journey. Dee and Jimmy Haslam flew the team first class in an attempt to allow them to be completely restful throughout the flight - while some players seemed to make the adjustment well, others including DeShonne Kizer, admitted to not sleeping effectively suffering significant jet lag.
The Browns will best attempt to continue their adjustment today after their interrupted sleep, before they play the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow at 2:30 PM BST/9:30 AM EST.