Browns suspend offensive line coach Andy Moeller


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BEREA — The Browns suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller indefinitely for an unspecified incident.

Moeller is in his second season with Cleveland, joining the team in 2014 after six seasons with Baltimore. The team issued a statement during Monday’s practice saying Moeller “was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously.”

“We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters,” the statement said. ” We are going to respect the process of investigation on this personal matter and will have no further comment at this time.”

The team did not provide any other details.

Moeller has had three alcohol-related incidents since 2007. He was suspended two games and fined $47,000 by the NFL in for a drunken driving conviction.

Assistant coach George DeLeone will take over the offensive line in Moeller’s absence.

It’s not an ideal start to the season for the Browns, who will open at the New York Jets on Sunday. General manager Ray Farmer on Monday began serving his four-game suspension for sending text messages to the sideline.

Thompson placed on injured reserve

Detroit Lions tight end Jordan Thompson (Ohio U./Parkway) will start the season on injured reserve.

He was officially placed on the IR after the 53-man roster was released on Sunday.

Browns add QB Austin Davis

The Browns announced on Monday they had signed Austin Davis just two days after he was released by the St. Louis Rams.

Davis provides insurance behind veteran starter Josh McCown and second-year backup Johnny Manziel, who continues to deal with the sore elbow that kept him out of Cleveland’s final two preseason bouts.

In his fourth season, Davis gave the Rams a rash of up-and-down moments last season, starting eight games and tossing 12 touchdowns against nine picks in the process.

Injured Jason Pierre-Paul arrives at Giants headquarters

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Two months after injuring his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to report to the New York Giants.

Coach Tom Coughlin would not discuss the situation Monday until Pierre-Paul reports. Teammates are expecting him.

Despite missing all of training camp, Coughlin would not rule him out for the season opener in Dallas on Sunday night — provided the doctors cleared him to play and he was fit.

Pierre-Paul has not practiced in the new defensive system, and team doctors will be getting their first look at his hand. They are sure to be cautious; Pierre-Paul has a $14.8 million salary as a franchise player.

The Giants can put him on the non-football injury list if they don’t think he is ready. He would not have to be paid until he passes their physical.

Vikings’ Sullivan still out with back injury

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan is still recovering from a back injury.

Sullivan was not on the field Monday for practice, as the Vikings began preparation for their regular-season opener at San Francisco.

Coach Mike Zimmer said he’s not concerned, but rather encouraged, because Sullivan has been “getting better every day.”

Sullivan, the senior member of the offensive line, has been the starter since 2009, his second year in the NFL. He has not missed a game since Oct. 23, 2011, a streak of 58 straight starts including one in the playoffs.

Sullivan has not taken part in practice since Aug. 18.

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