Browns news and notes (12-29-16) 

RG3 cleared to play 

The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday morning that quarterback Robert Griffin III was cleared by an independent neurologist and is now eligible to practice.

This means that it’s likely he’ll start in the season finale Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Griffin suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s win against the San Diego Chargers. 

Head coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Wednesday that he’d like to see more of Griffin so he can make a clear evaluation of the quarterback heading into the offseason.

No training camp in Columbus

The Browns and the city of Columbus both made statements on Wednesday announcing that their potential partnership to hold training camp in the state capital has diminished.

Here’s the statement from the Browns via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com:

Earlier this month it was reported that the team and Columbus were close on a deal to build a recreational center that would hold training camp for the team starting in 2018.

Meder wins Special Teams Player of the Week

Browns defensive tackle Jamie Meder was announced as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

The “Perogi Prince of Parma” made the crucial block on a field goal attempt by San Diego late in the fourth quarter to secure the Browns first win of the season on Sunday.

The undrafted rookie out of Ashland in 2014 has 46 tackles and a sack this season, his third with the Cleveland Browns.

McCown to continue career?

Josh McCown is 37 years old, been in the league for fourteen years and has a list of injuries, but the guy still loves the game and wants to keep going.

McCown told reporters on Thursday he plans to play in 2017. He’s due a $750,000 roster bonus in March and 3.625 million in salary for the 2017 season. 

Head coach Hue Jackson also told reporters that once McCown retires, he’s been offered a spot to coach on his staff. “I know he could coach. There’s no question. I told him already if he ever wanted to coach, he could coach for me anytime he wants.”

McCown hasn’t been the best quarterback for the Browns but his veteran leadership can’t be questioned. He took Johnny Manziel under his wing last season and I think helped Manziel improve on the field as a quarterback.

During training camp once Robert Griffin III was named the starter, McCown surrendered his practice reps to Griffin to help get him ready for the season.  

McCown will be a great coach whenever he wants to hang it up and is a quality backup still despite his age.

Cam Erving to right tackle?

The Browns are still trying to find a spot on the offensive line for 2015 first round pick Cam Erving.

He started at right guard last season and struggled. This year he replaced Alex Mack at center and hasn’t lit the world on fire and is still a work in progress. 

Erving now may be moving to right tackle for the season finale against Pittsburgh. He told reporters he’s practicing at the right tackle position this week.

I’m scratching my head at the decision making of the offensive line this week.

First, the shocking release of guard Jonathan Cooper on Tuesday. Cooper had been playing well the last two games when given an opportunity after John Greco got injured. 

Now this move to put Erving at right tackle. He struggled at the left tackle position at Florida State which is why the moved him to center where he became the top prospect at the position in the 2015 draft. 

Moving him back to the tackle position seems like a last ditch effort to get something out of Erving before parting ways with him possibly in the offseason.

Why not start Shon Coleman at right tackle and keep Erving at center. The Browns drafted Coleman in the third round and he’s seen limited work throughout the season. 

If Erving does indeed start at right tackle, the likely scenario would be to slide Austin Pasztor to right guard and then undrafted rookie Anthony Fabiano would get the start at center.

Fabiano was signed to the active roster on October 5 after being on the Browns practice squad for the first month of the season. 

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