Running game and defense dominated the Buffalo Bills when it mattered.
- Report alleges risky behavior by Smith at OSU
- Bauer hopes for fast return from stress fracture
- Day updates Buckeyes' progress without Meyer
- OSU prez: Probe 'finished when it's finished'
Buffalo quarterback AJ McCarron sustained a potentially serious shoulder injury, throwing the Bills' quarterback situation into total disarray, during a 19-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night.
Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer
The Browns' early success in the running game in Friday's preseason loss to Buffalo, gaining 73 yards in the first quarter, overshadowed what was an unspectacular night from quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield. Taylor played four possesions, completing 4-of-7 passes for 22 yards, while Mayfield played from late in the second quarter until early in the fourth quarter, completing 7-of-13 passes for 75 yards.
The success of the night was cranking up the running game.
Carlos Carrasco pitched seven scoreless innings and moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 15th win, Jose Ramirez hit his 37th home run and the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Friday night.
Zach Smith had sex toys delivered to him at Ohio State's football offices in 2015, according to an online report Friday, raising more questions about the former assistant coach's conduct while employed there under Urban Meyer.
Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, who is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA and is among the AL leaders in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts, will miss 4-6 weeks because of a fracture in his leg.
Ohio State acting head coach Ryan Day sent out an update on the team's progress without Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes concluded fall camp.
Rizz and Hammer open Friday's show discussing Dez Bryant's visit to Cleveland and whether the Browns have a need at receiver.
Ohio State president Michael Drake said the school's ongoing investigation involving the football program and coach Urban Meyer "will be finished when it's finished."
Even if Taylor works out for the Browns, the trade gave the Bills an opportunity to improve in other areas in free agency and the draft.
The Browns are sure to win more games than they did last season (it'd only take one win!). How many will they win? ESPN's Football Power Index should give us a clue.
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The first home game of the preseason comes loaded with storylines.
Acting Ohio State head coach Ryan Day surprised players at the end of Thursday's practice with tickets to a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert at Ohio Stadium later in the day.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant is visiting the Browns in Cleveland, "just trying to work some things out," he said. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that no deal is expected Thursday night. The sides will continue talking and "will know more tomorrow."