BEREA — Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been ruled out of Sunday’s season finale in Pittsburgh, according to CBS affiliate WOIO.
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He was sent home Friday from practice after criticizing the organization in an interview, the Associated Press reports.
Clowney told Cleveland.com he was 95% done with the Browns, felt underappreciated and accused the team of giving Myles Garrett better matchups to boost Garrets’s Hall of Fame resume, WOIO reports.
“Nothing comes above the team,” Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski said.
He refused to directly address Clowney’s status — or provide any specifics about his decision to punish the defensive end, the AP said.
Clowney came to the Browns’ facility and attended a position meeting with his fellow defensive lineman before being told to leave.
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Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin said he spoke with Clowney before he was dismissed by Stefanski.
“l’ll just say I addressed the room that I thought he handled it the wrong way as a man,” Kiffin said.
He also disagreed with Clowney’s assertion that Garrett was treated differently.
“We’re going to put our best player in the best position to win,” he said.
Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 by Houston. He spent five seasons with the Texans before playing one year with Seattle and Tennessee.
He played 26 games over two seasons in Cleveland and tallied 11 sacks, including nine last season.
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