BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday promoted WR Brian Tyms to the active roster from the practice squad. In addition, the team placed DL Desmond Bryant on reserve/non-football illness with an irregular heartbeat.
Tyms, whose name is pronounced TIMS, is 6-3, 204 pounds and officially in his first NFL season out of Florida A&M. He was initially signed by the Browns off the Dolphins’ practice squad on Oct. 22 and appeared in three games before spending last week on the practice squad. Originally signed by San Francisco as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2012, Tyms spent all of 2012 on the Dolphins’ practice squad.
He played two seasons at Florida A&M, where he registered 45 receptions for 661 yards and four touchdowns, after spending two years at Tallahassee Community College. Tyms is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he attended Dillard High School.
Tyms wears No. 85.
Bryant has started all 12 games and registered 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
In addition, the Browns released LB Justin Staples from the practice squad and signed the following three players to the practice squad
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday promoted DB Julian Posey to the active roster from the practice squad and placed DB Chris Owens (knee) on injured reserve.
Posey, a 5-10, 190-pound defensive back, is a first-year NFL player out of Ohio University who made his Cleveland debut Oct. 20 at Green Bay. He has spent most of the regular season the Browns’ practice squad after spending training camp with the Dolphins. In 2012, Posey appeared in two games with Miami and spent 11 weeks on the Dolphins’ practice squad. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, Posey spent 15 weeks on the New York Jets’ practice squad in 2011.
Posey is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated from La Salle High School. His younger brother, DeVier, is a wide receiver for the Houston Texans.
Posey wears No. 38.
Owens appeared in 12 games with three starts and totaled 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He added seven special-teams tackles.
Earlier Tuesday, the Browns signed QB Caleb Hanie and placed LB Brandon Magee (pectoral) on injured reserve.
BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday signed QB Caleb Hanie. In addition, the team placed LB Brandon Magee (pectoral) on injured reserve.
Hanie is a 6-2, 222-pound veteran in his sixth NFL season out of Colorado State. He has appeared in 10 career games with four starts. Hanie has completed 59 of 116 passes (50.9 percent) for 679 yards with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Chicago in 2008, Hanie spent four years with the Bears. Last year, he was the third quarterback for Denver for all 16 games. He spent training camp this season with the Ravens.
He finished his career at CSU fifth in Mountain West history with 39 touchdown passes and seventh with 6,523 total yards. A native of Forney, Texas, he graduated from Forney High School.
Magee appeared in eight games and recorded three special-teams tackles.
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CLEVELAND -- Cecil Shorts came home and broke some hearts.
A Cleveland kid who grew up rooting for the Browns, Shorts caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne with 40 seconds left, rallying the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 32-28 win on Sunday.
On third-and-9, Henne lofted a perfect pass to the left corner for Shorts, who had beaten cornerback Joe Haden. Shorts got both feet down in the end zone before tumbling out of bounds.
It was a dream moment for Shorts, who earlier this week talked about the excitement of returning to play in front of family members and friends. As a kid, his father raised him to support the local teams.
"I'm all Cleveland -- Browns, Indians, Cavaliers," he said. "That's all I knew growing up."
He's added another entry to the city's pained sports history.
Henne drove the Jaguars (3-9) 80 yards in nine plays for the winning TD as Jacksonville continued its stunning turnaround after losing its first eight games, all by at least 10 points. The Jaguars are 3-1 since their bye with all three victories on the road.
Before Shorts' catch, it appeared Browns beleaguered quarterback Brandon Weeden was going to shake off a rough afternoon. He had given the Browns (4-8) a 28-25 lead with a 95-yard TD pass to Josh Gordonwith 3:55 left.
Gordon returned from a head injury and finished 10 catches for a team record 261 yards. He's the first player in NFL history to have consecutive 200-yard games. He had 237 in a loss last week against Pittsburgh, and Gordon has 1,249 yards this season despite missing two games with a drug suspension.
Still, Henne marched the Jaguars downfield to win it. Jacksonville stopped Cleveland's final chance by batting down a desperation pass by Weeden into the end zone.
Josh Scobeekicked three field goals for the Jaguars.
Down 21-20 and their offense doing nothing, the Jaguars took the lead when Browns center Alex Macksnapped the ball over Weeden's head into the end zone and the QB kicked it out of bounds for a safety.
Weeden, back in the starting lineup because Jason Campbellhas a concussion, finished 24 of 40 for 370 yards with three TDs and two interceptions -- both coming in the final 2:35 of the first half. A team spokesman said Weeden was diagnosed with a concussion following the game after reporting symptoms.
Because of the head injury, Weeden did not speak with reporters.
Henne went 24 of 40 for 195 yards and two TDs for the Jaguars. Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 77 yards and threw an 8-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewisin the second quarter.
Gordon left briefly in the third quarter after sustaining a head injury while trying to make a leaping catch. Safety Winston Guyknocked off Gordon's helmet. Gordon's head snapped back and he appeared to bang it as he landed on the hard ground. Guy was penalized for an illegal hit.
Gordon walked to the sideline without any help, was examined on the bench and escorted to the locker room for further evaluation. He returned to a large ovation in the final minute of the quarter and caught a 10-yard pass on his first play back.
A few plays after Gordon went out, Weeden connected with Greg Littlefor a 4-yard TD to put the Browns ahead 21-20.
Weeden fell apart late in the second period, throwing the two picks and getting stripped of the ball as the Jaguars converted three turnovers into 13 quick points to take a 20-14 halftime lead.
Until his meltdown, Weeden had looked sharp for most of the opening half. He connected with Gordon on a 21-yard TD for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Jaguars tied it when Jones-Drew took a pitch to the right and lobbed his scoring pass to Lewis.
Weeden targeted Gordon on nearly every play as Jacksonville's young secondary struggled to handle the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, who has emerged as a rising NFL star.
Willis McGahee's 1-yard TD run gave the Browns a 7-0 lead, but the Jaguars responded with Henne's 18-yard scoring toss to tight end Clay Harbor.
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