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Bess’ initial season with Browns comes to early end

December 22, 2013
By TOM WITHERS , The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Davone Bess had a disappointing and shortened season with the Cleveland Browns.

The wide receiver, a former University of Hawaii standout, was placed on the reserve/nonfootball illness list Saturday, ending his season with two games left after he missed practice time during the week for "personal reasons."

The Browns announced the move after traveling to New York for today's game against the Jets, and gave no further details for Bess' absence or the abrupt end to his season.

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Bess has an NFL-high 14 drops this season, while catching 42 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns.

The 28-year-old was excused from practice on Thursday and Friday by coach Rob Chudzinski, who said Josh Cooper and Greg Little would likely get most of the snaps at slot receiver, Bess' primary position. Bess will also miss the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cleveland acquired Bess in a draft-day trade with the Miami Dolphins in April, and signed him to a three-year, $11.5 million contract extension through 2016.

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8 a.m.-Indianapolis at Kansas City, CBS

11:05 a.m.-Arizona at Seattle, FOX

11:25 a.m.-New England at Baltimore, CBS

3:30 p.m.-Chicago at Philadelphia NBC


3:40 p.m.-Atlanta at San Francisco, ESPN

Bess had 61 catches for 778 yards and a touchdown last season with the Dolphins, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2008.



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