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Browns player quotes - 12/3

WR Brian Hartline:

On the emotional toll of Monday night's loss:

"It was a letdown. Any loss is. It doesn't really matter how it comes. Anyone will tell you a win is a win and a loss is a loss. It just affects the wins and loss column. Although they happen in different ways, after a couple days pass, they are all the same."

On if it was harder to come back after the loss:

"No, that is what I am saying. After a couple days, a loss is a loss and a win is a win."

On takeaways from the first game against Cincinnati or if it's simply a fresh game:

"It is definitely a fresh game. I wasn't involved in that one so for me, just watching through what they are going to do – I know they haven't changed a whole lot from a schematic standpoint – learn up on them, study up on them. I didn't get a chance to study them the week of previous. It is a fresh week for me and that is how I approach it."

On QB Austin Davis going into the game Monday night:

"He did a great job. He was pretty excited off the get go, but after that first series, he calmed down and stepped in and you could see it. He got really poised, made a lot of great throws and gave us an opportunity to compete for that win."

On how Davis playing well and competing affects the offense:

"I think it just reaffirms that we can keep going with where we are. Offensively, we have been pretty happy with how we have played. Too many field goals not enough touchdowns, but overall, we are moving up and down the field pretty good on everyone we are playing. We need to score more touchdowns than field goals. We are pretty confident on the offensive side of the ball. We can continue that confidence seeing that presence that Austin has."

OL Alex Mack:

On what the Ed Block award means to him:

"Pretty happy to win the Ed Block Courage Award. It is voted on by my peers for coming back from an injury and working hard. It was tough here last year so it feels good to come back and be recognized."

On the difficult journey returning from injury:

"I always try to work the goal of getting better every day. You show up every day. It is your job. You work hard to try to improve and make this time worthwhile. It was a lot of work coming back from not being able to walk to getting the ankle and the leg feeling good again all offseason and all preseason. It has come a long way."

On if his injury was the greatest challenge he has faced:

"It is the first major injury I have had. I broke my toe wrestling in high school. I missed that season, but in terms of football, I have never missed anything. College, NFL, it was a really long run of being able to be healthy and make it on the field every day. To have that taken away was tough."

On if he learned something about himself going through the injury and recovery process:

"I just don't take the days for granted. You only have so many days to play football. I wanted to be out there on the field last year. I wanted to be with my teammates. I want to be out there performing. I want to be out there at practice, even when it was cold outside. You want to be part of the team. It was tough to sit on the sidelines and miss out."

On how important was to be around the Browns after his injury, even if he was stuck on the sideline:

"It was really tough because it was so hard to be on the sidelines. I didn't have that great of mobility so it would have been really great if I could be around the team and help coach and constantly walk around, but it was really tough to get anywhere. It was a real challenge to not be able to be a part of everything every day and having to sit at home, relax and get the leg right and do what I needed to do for myself so I could be back this year."

On his level of frustration with this season's results:

"It is a challenge. Not every season is easy. You have to take it as it comes and play it one game at a time. I think I have learned a good life lesson of being able to put your head down, work hard and just keep the grind going and try to focus on the little things and do your job to the best of your ability."

On if sees a 'light at the end of the tunnel':

"If you look at each game by itself, they are close. We were one play away from winning last week. We were one play away from winning about four other ones. Those little things, what can you do other than keep working hard and going on to the next one and hope to have a little bit better success next week."

WR Terrelle Pryor:

On believing he'd return in Cleveland:

"I wasn't sure. I wasn't sure where I was going to be. I'm always grateful for opportunities. I guess it's God's will so I'm happy to be back."

On the plan for when he will play:

"I'm not sure when. That's the coaches' job. We have great coaches up there. When it's time for me to go, I'm sure that they'll put me in. I had two great practices, felt really good. Obviously, healthy so that makes a big difference. I'm having a great time with my teammates out there so I'm happy to be back.'

On how many teams he tried out with after being cut by the Browns:

"I think about 10 or 12."

On if he had the opportunity to play in Chicago:

"I was in Chicago, and I was meeting with the player personnel guy and I got a call. My agent called and said that the Browns offered me."

On why he jumped at the opportunity to come back to team:

"I knew the offense. I really like Coach Flip's (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) offense because I know it. I had it for years and I like the group here. I have a foundation with some of the guys here so I thought it was a better opportunity just to jump in rather than learn a whole new playbook and stuff like that. That was probably the most important part."

On if he continued to watch the Browns or other teams play:

"I watch every team. I watched this team an awful lot. Yeah, I watched Cleveland a lot."

On if he can help the Browns in the red zone:

"I believe so. I believe I can help with anywhere on the field, especially once I just keep getting the foundation down of the game. I got a lot better at running routes when I haven't been here. I had an awful lot of time to understand the routes and try to be a little savvy with my routes and stuff like that so I feel very confident and I feel like I'm a lot better player."

On if he was bitter when cut and his attitude now:

"I don't think that. Anytime you're a competitor and that happens – it could happen to you and how would you feel? Exactly. That's all it was, and I wasn't coming towards you or coming at you but it's just the feel of how it is. You're a competitor in writing. I'm a competitor on the field. It's just life. I guess you get better with how you grow. Definitely wasn't the right way to do it, but I had a great time here and I'm glad the coaches brought me back and they saw that. I'm happy to be here with Coach Pett (head coach Mike Pettine) again and Coach Flip."

On his time away from the Browns:

"To tell you the truth, it definitely is God's will. This is the first time I really had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my son. I actually got to really know him really well because I've been traveling and been in Kansas, and just the travel time with his mother and me not seeing my son, I didn't get to have that bond as a father-son. Having all of this time off, we became really good, really close so I'm happy about that. At the end of the day, I'm glad it happened because at that's what's important to me. The most important thing to me is my son. Now, I came back, I'm a better player and I'm looking forward to getting on the field."

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