Cleveland Browns fall to Washington Redskins, 20-17, in first preseason game

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CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Browns faced off against the Washington Redskins in their first preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday and the Redskins came away with the win, 20-17.

The Redskins had the first possession of the game, but the Browns got on the board first.

They scored their first points of the season with a pass from Josh McCown to Travis Benjamin.

“It was special. I think it is special for the 2015 Browns, and on a personal note, it was special for me," McCown said about starting in Cleveland. "It was a great honor and privilege to be out here in front of these fans. You can feel the passion. We are excited for this year.”

brownsThe Redskins couldn't get in the end zone though, scoring a field goal just moments before the first quarter ended.

Johnny Manziel entered the game at the end of the first, but his first drive ended with the Browns punting. He did however turn things around with a touchdown just a few minutes later.

Robert Griffin III started for the Redskins, but Kirk Cousins came in to play in the second quarter. He scored shortly after entering the game, closing the gap to 14-13 before halftime.

The Redskins managed to rally in the third quarter though, taking the lead from the Browns heading into the fourth. Mayfield native Carey Spear did kick a field goal for the Browns though to close out the third, bringing the Browns within 3.

The Browns were unable to score in the fourth, playing both Connor Shaw and Thaddeus Lewis at the end of the game.

More than 58,000 fans were in attendance for the game as well.

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The following Browns players will not play:
20............. Shaun Draughn (hand)..................... RB
23............. Joe Haden (hamstring)..................... DB
25............. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee).................. DB
26............. Pierre Desir (hamstring)................... DB
27............. Robert Nelson Jr. (hamstring).......... DB
29............. Duke Johnson Jr. (hamstring).......... RB
40............. De’Ante Saunders (calf).................. DB
41............. Glenn Winston (knee)...................... RB
42............. Luke Lundy (concussion)................ FB
44............. Malcolm Johnson (shoulder)............ FB
51............. Barkevious Mingo (knee)................. LB
68............. Joe Madsen (concussion)................. OL
73............. Joe Thomas (coach’s decision)........ OL
79............. Andrew McDonald (concussion)..... OL
80............. Dwayne Bowe (hamstring).............. WR
86............. Randall Telfer (foot)........................ TE
87............. Terrelle Pryor (hamstring)................ WR
90............. Billy Winn (knee/ankle)................... DL