Browns already thinking about regular season (Canton Repository) - No one needs to tell Christian Kirksey about the two-week warning. He understands that the Sept. 9 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers approaches at warp speed. “I’ve been thinking about Pittsburgh since the preseason started,” said Kirksey, the longest-standing member of the Browns defense.
What was Tyrod Taylor trying to do? (cleveland.com) - I would not have put Tyrod Taylor back into the game after he injured his left hand in the first quarter of Thursday night’s preseason game. This is not a mortal coaching sin. It’s a judgment call. Taylor suffered a bruised left hand and a dislocated pinky finger, as Hue Jackson said in his Friday media conference call.
Browns trying to get Josh Gordon ready for the season (clevelandbrowns.com) - The Browns are taking things slow with Josh Gordon as the wide receiver nurses a hamstring injury. Gordon, who was moved to the active roster Saturday morning following a nearly month-long leave of absence, suffered a minor hamstring injury in a strength and conditioning workout earlier this week.
Bears say starters are ready despite sitting in preseason game (ESPN) - New Bears head coach Matt Nagy believes second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky is ready to start the season, despite the fact that Nagy made the rare decision to sit the young quarterback -- and the rest of his team’s starters -- in Saturday’s 27-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the team’s fourth preseason game. Nagy brushed off the idea that Trubisky needed more game snaps at this point in the Bears preseason.
Jon Gruden unsure if Raiders have a backup QB (NFL.com) - The Oakland Raiders own the luxury of knowing who their starting quarterback will be: Derek Carr. It’s not as simple for his understudy. Raiders coach Jon Gruden was noncommital when asked if Oakland’s backup quarterback is currently on the team’s roster.
Roughing the passer!! Welcome to 2018. pic.twitter.com/oIIrVplQAO— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) August 18, 2018