Browns halftime notebook: Gordon gets in on the action, so does Johnny, briefly
DETROIT– Wide receiver Josh Gordon started and played a good part of the first half while he awaits a ruling by the NFL regarding his possible suspension.
Gordon was targeted four times and he caught two passes for 32 yards, including a long of 22 yards. However, he had a high throw from QB Brian Hoyer go off his hands in the back of the end zone in the second quarter, which forced the Browns to settle for a field goal.
Gilbert Misses: The much anticipated debut of No. 1 pick CB Justin Gilbert will have to wait at least a week as he sat out with a groin strain. The injury is not expected to be serious and barring a set back he should make his debut against the Redskins on Aug. 18.
DB Buster Skrine started opposite of CB Joe Haden.
By the Numbers: QB Brian Hoyer played three series in the first half and produced two field goals. He was 6-of-14 for 92 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. His rating was 65.2.
RB Ben Tate had six carries for 25 yards and RB Terrance West had four carries for 11 yards. Gordon led the Browns with two receptions for 32 yards while TE MarQueis Gray had one reception for 28 yards. WR Andrew Hawkins had one catch for 15 yards. WR Miles Austin had one catch for 13 yard, while WR Anthony Armstrong (6) and TE Jim Dray (4) also had one catch apiece.
Pettine’s First: Despite it being a preseason game, it was the first game for Mike Pettine as an NFL head coach.
On the Side: WR Travis Benjamin (knee), WR Nate Burleson (hamstring), TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder), LB Darius Eubanks (shoulder), OL Reid Fragel (leg), CB Justin Gilbert (groin), DB Tashaun Gipson (knee), OL Randall Harris (knee), LB Eric Martin (concussion), OL Alex Parsons (knee), OL Nick McDonald (wrist), DL Billy Winn (abdomen).
Eubanks, Fragel, Harris, Martin, Parsons and McDonald did not make the trip to Detroit.
DL Phil Taylor started in place of Winn and TE Gary Barnidge started in place of Cameron.
Old Friends: Former Browns DL C.J. Mosley and DB Don Carey play for the Lions.