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Countdown clock: Browns running out of time to address problems before opener with Steelers

  • Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West (20) is stopped by the St. Louis Rams after a five yard gain in the third quarter of preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West (20) is stopped by the St. Louis Rams after a five yard gain in the third quarter of preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watches from the sidelines in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watches from the sidelines in the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

Despite an atrocious performance in their third exhibition game, the Browns believe there's time to correct their mistakes before their Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh.

Cleveland had issues all over the field in Saturday's 33-14 loss to St. Louis.

The offense gained just 178 total yards. The defense couldn't stop the Rams, giving up 472. There was little for Browns fans to be excited about other than the spectacular upgrades inside FirstEnergy Stadium.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer didn't change the opinion of some who feel rookie Johnny Manziel should be starting. Hoyer, though, didn't have Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon on the field and the team's top playmaker is likely to be suspended for part of the season.

Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron was "excused" from Monday's practice. Coach Mike Pettine did not provide details.

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