Oct 25, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. says knee ‘feeling great’

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said his surgically repaired left knee is “feeling great” on the eve of training camp.

“Everything’s feeling great. For being at the eight-and-a-half, nine-month mark (since his Oct. 25 injury), I’m doing very well in all the progressions,” he told reporters Sunday at his youth football camp in Gates Mills, Ohio.

Beckham, 28, who missed the last nine games and the playoffs last season with a torn ACL, stopped short of saying he would be ready by the Sept. 12 season opener at Kansas City.

“At this point we’re just running our race,” he said. “I feel like in the past I’ve been caught up in this question. I’m just not really here for it anymore. It’s whenever I’m ready to get on the field, that’s when it will be. Whenever the team, the docs, my team, everything gets cleared, we’ll be ready to go. So whenever that is, Week 1, Week 17, I don’t know. Whenever we’re ready we’ll be ready.”

The Browns, coming off an 11-5 season and their first playoff win since the 1994 season, have their first practice of training camp on Wednesday.

Beckham caught 23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns in seven games in 2020. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has five 1,000-yard seasons since the New York Giants drafted him 12th overall in 2014.

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Dec 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Damion Square (71) warms up by running sprints before the game agaist the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Browns sign veteran DT Damion Square

The Cleveland Browns signed veteran defensive tackle Damion Square on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Square, 32, played in all 64 games over the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Undrafted out of Alabama in 2013, he has played in 91 games (24 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles (2013) and the San Diego/L.A. Chargers (2014-20). He also spent time on the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster in 2014.

Square’s career totals include 120 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, 17 quarterback hits and two fumble recoveries.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry speaks during the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Browns sign DT with troubled past Malik McDowell

The Cleveland Browns are taking a chance that defensive tackle Malik McDowell has turned his life around.

The Browns signed the troubled free agent Monday. Terms were not disclosed.

In a statement posted on Twitter by several reporters, Browns general manager Andrew Berry addressed McDowell’s past.

“We are certainly aware of Malik’s past,” Berry said. “He is accountable for his actions and has had to live with the consequences for decisions earlier in his life. We believe Malik is in a good place, personally and medically. He has taken the necessary steps to get on a healthy path, and has learned from his experiences. Malik understands the expectations we have of him as he attempts to make our football team. He is committed to taking advantage of the support network in place to become the best version of himself — both on and off the field — and we will support him as he attempts to make his return to football.”

McDowell, a 2017 second-round draft pick (35th overall) of the Seattle Seahawks, never played for Seattle after he suffered a head injury in an ATV accident the summer after he was drafted. The Seahawks waived him and placed him on the non-football injury list. There were questions about whether he’d ever be medically cleared to play.

He was arrested twice in 2017 before the Seahawks placed him on the reserve/non-football injury list.

In February 2019 he was charged with assault, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The Seahawks released him a month later.

In April 2019 he was arrested for receiving and concealing stolen property after he was found with a stolen car. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 11 months in prison in November 2019.

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Jan 3, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) reacts after making an interception in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints CB Marshon Lattimore arrested in Cleveland

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore was arrested in his hometown of Cleveland on Thursday night on suspicion of receiving stolen property, Cleveland.com reported Friday.

Records confirm that Lattimore, 24, was booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail after being arrested by Cleveland police’s gang investigators about 10:30 p.m. local time, per the report.

Lattimore had not been formally charged as of Friday morning, according to the report. No further details of the arrest were available.

A first-round pick (11th overall) by New Orleans in 2017, Lattimore was the 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year and has been selected to three Pro Bowls (2017, 2019 and 2020) in his first four NFL seasons. He played college football at Ohio State.

Lattimore had 62 tackles, 11 passes defensed and two interceptions in 14 games last season. He has 230 tackles, 10 interceptions and four fumble recoveries in 57 career games (all starts).

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October 4, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) during halftime against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Browns sign veteran DT Malik Jackson

The Cleveland Browns signed veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson on Tuesday.

Multiple reports said it was a one-year deal worth $4.5 million.

Jackson, 31, was released by Philadelphia last week in a salary-shedding move after two seasons with the Eagles. He signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the team in March 2019.

He missed 15 games in 2019 with a foot injury. In 2020, he tallied 28 tackles, 13 quarterback hits and 2.5 sacks in 15 games (six starts).

In nine seasons, Jackson has amassed 267 tackles and 35 sacks in 126 games (73 starts). He played for the Denver Broncos (2012-15) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18) before joining the Eagles. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017.

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Nov 1, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns kicker Cody Parkey (2) celebrates after kicking a field goal during the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns re-signing K Cody Parkey for 2021

Nov 29, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell (98) following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns are re-signing kicker Cody Parkey for the 2021 season, NFL Network reported Friday.

Parkey, 29, made 19 of 22 field-goal attempts and 43 of 47 extra-point tries in 15 games with the Browns in 2020. He also booted 55.6 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks.

A Pro Bowl selection as a 2014 rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles, Parkey also played for Cleveland in 2016 and had stints with the Miami Dolphins (2017), Chicago Bears (2018) and Tennessee Titans (2019).

He has converted 84.6 percent of his field goals (121 of 143) and 94.3 percent of his PATs (197 of 209) through 83 career games. He has drilled 8 of 10 attempts from 50-plus yards, with a long of 54 in 2017.

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Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is brought down by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Mack Wilson (51) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes would suffer an injury on the play.  Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs lose Mahomes, defeat Browns to reach AFC title game

Backup quarterback Chad Henne gained 13 yards on a scramble, then threw a stunning fourth-and-inches completion to Tyreek Hill with less than two minutes remaining on Sunday as the host Kansas City Chiefs finished off the Cleveland Browns 22-17 to reach the AFC Championship Game.

Henne replaced Patrick Mahomes, who appeared to come away with a head injury at the 7:47 mark of the third quarter after he was tackled by Browns linebacker Mack Wilson on an option keeper.

Mahomes, who will have to go through concussion protocol to determine his availability for the AFC title game, passed for 255 yards and one touchdown.

The defending Super Bowl champions became the first AFC team to play host to a conference championship for a third consecutive season. They will face the Buffalo Bills, a team Kansas City defeated 26-17 on Oct. 19.

Henne was intercepted by Cleveland’s Karl Joseph in the end zone with 8:10 remaining but the Browns’ drive to potentially take the lead stalled and they were forced to punt. The Chiefs then ran out the final 4:09.

Hill and Travis Kelce each had eight receptions for 110 and 109 yards, respectively. Darrel Williams, in his first NFL start, added 78 yards on 13 carries and had four receptions.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 204 yards and one touchdown. Cleveland running back Nick Chubb added 69 yards rushing.

The Chiefs scored on each of their four first-half possessions while generating 293 yards to build a 19-3 halftime margin.

Mahomes, who completed 19 of 25 passes for 233 first-half yards, rushed for a 1-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game and hit Kelce for a 20-yard score early in the second quarter. Harrison Butker kicked field goals of 50 and 28 yards in the second quarter after missing his first PAT attempt.

Cody Parkey booted a 46-yard field goal to cap the Browns’ first drive, but a costly fumble at the goal line by Rashard Higgins kept them from scoring a touchdown late in the first half.

Higgins caught a pass along the sideline from Mayfield and stretched the ball to the front of the end zone, but the Chiefs’ Daniel Sorensen caused the fumble that rolled outside of the end zone for a touchback.

Kansas City took over with 1:34 left and Mahomes drove the Chiefs 70 yards for Butker’s chip shot with 2 seconds left.

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Dec 27, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Well-rested Chiefs host upset-minded Browns

Time off for Patrick Mahomes has not equated to time away from football.

He practiced for the Kansas City Chiefs. He cheered teammates on while sitting out the last regular-season game. And then last week, with the bye that goes to the top seed in the AFC playoffs, Mahomes scouted opponents.

He will rely on what he learned about the Cleveland Browns, who will be coming off an explosive 48-37 upset of Pittsburgh in the wild-card round, which elevated them into the divisional round Sunday at Kansas City, Mo.

“I had a day’s worth of film on the Browns,” said Mahomes, “so whenever we found that out, I was able to look back at that and look at my notes and see how it presents to us.”

Despite sitting out the Jan. 3 setback to the Los Angeles Chargers, Mahomes helped engineer a 14-2 season for Kansas City while passing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns. He will square off against Baker Mayfield as they reprise their old Big 12 shootouts.

“To be able to play against him on this stage is going to be special,” Mahomes said. “I mean, he went to Oklahoma, I went to Texas Tech, so he got the better of me in college, so I’ll try to do my best to win in the NFL.”

Mahomes knows he has the weapons to accomplish that feat, especially after the Chiefs scored at least 31 points in each of their postseason wins a year ago. Travis Kelce, who set an NFL record for tight ends with 1,416 receiving yards, also sat out the defeat against the Chargers, which snapped a 10-game Chiefs’ winning streak.

“Everybody kind of locks in a little bit more and gets excited to play when the playoffs come around, especially in this building, especially (Mahomes) himself,” Kelce said.

The same could be said of the Browns after claiming their first playoff win since 1994.

Cleveland should regain several players off the reserve/COVID-19 list — Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio was removed Friday — while coach Kevin Stefanski returned to practice on Thursday after his own stint with the virus.

“We’re looking forward to getting a full complement of guys,” Stefanski said. “Anytime you get good players back, whether it be injury or COVID list, it’s always a big boost for your entire team.”

Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson have been activated and will provide depth to a secondary that grabbed four interceptions against Pittsburgh. Receiver KhaDarel Hodge was also taken off coronavirus protocols.

Mayfield will again look to execute a balanced attack, which also features the rushing tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Hunt will have some additional motivation playing against the Chiefs. They cut Hunt during the 2018 season after video surfaced of him kicking a woman. Kansas City selected Hunt in the third round of the 2017 draft. He then led the NFL with 1,327 rushing yards as a rookie.

Another Browns connection who can point to his time with the Chiefs is general manager John Dorsey, who was around when Andy Reid took over as Kansas City coach and traded up to take Mahomes in the 2017 draft after already drafting the likes of Kelce and Tyreek Hill.

Dorsey was eventually fired by the Browns in late 2019.

“He did a nice job here and there of bringing the right people in,” Reid said.

The Chiefs ruled out receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) on Friday. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) was listed as questionable.

The Browns listed four players as questionable: offensive tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring/knee), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder), and tight ends David Njoku (hamstring) and Stephen Carlson (groin).

–Field Level Media