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Tashaun Gipson not being ruled out for the season

  • You could see the pain not only in Tashaun Gipson's face but his entire team when the safety went down to a knee injury in the fourth quarter against the Falcons. No player on the Browns roster has exceeded expectations like Gipson and his NFL-leading six interceptions prove that point.
  • The Browns are not ready to put Gipson on the injured reserve list, yet. His MCL injury is still being evaluated and there is hope the ball-hawking safety could return for a potential playoff run. 
  • Pettine specifically mentioned Craig Robertson and Barkevious Mingo as players who stood out on defense.
  • And on offense, Isaiah Crowell knocked the socks off the coaching staff.
  • "I think the more reps he gets he is only improving, and that was good to see him in front of his hometown crowd," said Pettine. "I think he's figured out the practice part, and again [running backs coach] Wilbert Montgomery isn't going to take his foot off those guys anyway. He works them hard in the meeting room, works them hard on the practice field, and we're getting results."
  • Pettine had no problem with Brian Hoyer being hard on himself during his Sunday postgame press conference.
  • "I think the guys realized that we certainly wouldn't be where we are right now without Brian and that nobody's perfect," said Pettine. "When you see a guy that is that hard on himself and is that much a perfectionist and it means a lot that they're going to play hard for him. I just think that's what one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are."
  • On Tuesday we'll have an article looking at the AFC Playoff picture. We don't expect Pettine to be one of our readers for the piece.
  • "I just think it's too early for us to really start to study it. The bottom line is you've got to keep winning," Pettine said. "Each week presents a new set of challenges. Obviously, we're thrilled to be a part of it and for our games to be meaningful at this point, but we're not certainly satisfied with that. Each week, like I said, the biggest game is your next one. That's why we'll take our lessons that we learned from Atlanta, and then we'll be all in for Buffalo."
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