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"But we'll see."The NFL is expected to fine Whitehead for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Mayfield, a person familiar with league discipline told The Associated Press on Wednesday.Mayfield had begun to slide at the end of a 35-yard scramble when he was drilled by Whitehead, who used the crown of his helmet to plaster the No. 1 overall pick.Whitehead should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike conduct, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not commented on calls from last week's games.The league, which has placed an extra emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, has been announcing fines on Saturday. If Whitehead is punished, it will be public confirmation that the play should have been penalized.However, the Browns aren't looking for another veiled apology from the league. They've had several questionable calls go against them this season, but guard Joel Bitonio doesn't think officials are biased against the Browns (2-4-1), who have played four overtimes games."It's a tough job being an NFL ref," said Bitonio said. "Mistakes happen. That's part of the job. We miss things. They miss things. It's part of the business. We have to overcome that. The refs might have blown a call here and there, but we've had opportunities to make things happen. When it came down to it [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/david-njoku-jersey]Womens David Njoku Jersey[/url] , we missed those opportunities."And while the league has been proactive in protecting quarterbacks, late hits remain a problem. The one on Mayfield was particularly alarming because he was doing everything correctly, still got whacked and nothing was called.Browns coach Hue Jackson is in favor of such plays being subject to replay review if it means getting the call correct."The league and the officials want to get it right, so to me anything that is questionable that way, I think you take a real good look at it," Jackson said."Let's just not move on from it, even if you have to review it. Let's make sure that those things are correct as those calls are being made, when it's something that's that vicious, that kind of hit, especially on a quarterback."Jackson said he has had positive "conversations" with the league. Ultimately, he said the goal is for fairness."I think the most important thing for the league, for teams, for coaches, for everybody, is we just want to get it right," he said. "Games are won and lost on these things. Jobs will be on the line because of these things and that's important. Again, we just want it to be right."Mayfield feels the NFL might consider adopting the college "targeting" rule in which players are subject to ejection and suspensions if called for using their helmets to deliver a blow. Mayfield said the rule served as a deterrent when he was at Oklahoma."I definitely know it affected our team," Mayfield said. "When anytime you have guys that are flying around trying to impose their will on an offense and a hit like that can take them out of not only that second half but then the first half of the next game, that can affect a lot of guys."Mayfield wasn't injured on the play and he sneered "I'll be all right" when asked if he felt fortunate that he didn't sustain a concussion.After he got popped by Whitehead [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/nick-chubb-jersey]Womens Nick Chubb Jersey[/url] , Mayfield jumped to his feet and walked directly at him while yelling that he needs to hit harder. The moment underscored Mayfield's toughness and fire."That's who he's always been," running back Duke Johnson said. "We're going to back him. We're going to support him, and it's great to see. Wish he'd get down a lot sooner, but it's great to see him get up from it, bounce back and go down there and make more plays."NOTES: LB Joe Schobert (hamstring), WR Rashard Higgins and CB E.J. Gaines (concussion) will miss Sunday's game. ... Jackson is following through on his promise to be more involved in Cleveland's offense, but Mayfield doesn't think the unit needs an overhaul. "We don't have to re-invent the wheel," he said. "We need to perfect our craft. You look at the good teams around the league, they work hard at what they do and they become good at it. We have what we have." For the Browns, winning the season opener over Pittsburgh could bring closure.The end of a 17-game losing streak. The first opening-week victory since 2004. More relief from the haunting memories of an 0-16 season. A new beginning for a franchise and fan base that has suffered far too long.Rarely has a first game felt some important. Beyond big."Whew," Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon said as he considered the multi-layered impact of beating the Steelers. "That's the equivalent of making the playoffs here, almost a Super Bowl win. It's something we've been wanting for a long time."It's been five years since Gordon played in an opener, and his return after being sidelined for years by personal demons may best symbolize Cleveland's rebirth.The Browns believe they're back.When they take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium to face their hated rival, the Browns will have 31 new players — including new quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry — on a roster demolished over the past few months by general manager John Dorsey and his staff. Dorsey was the mastermind of a similar rebuilding project in Kansas City, and he's in the early stages of pushing Cleveland back to relevance.The Browns, so accustomed to drama, seem to be coming together. The Steelers, one of the NFL's standards of consistency, aren't themselves.Pittsburgh will likely be without star running back Le'Veon Bell [url=http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/duke-johnson-jersey]Authentic Duke Johnson Jersey[/url] , holding out in a contract dispute that triggered teammates to turn on him earlier this week."Honestly it's a little selfish," said center Maurkice Pouncey. "I'm kind of (ticked) right now. It sucks that he's not here. 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The 54-year-old hasn't altered the playbook much, but he's expected to give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more freedom to run the no-huddle offense."I think a lot of it depends on how the game is going, the flow of the game," said Roethlisberger, who is 21-2 in starts against Cleveland. "We don't want to force anything, but sometimes you have to try to mix it up and throw some different wrinkles at them." [url=http://www.nflshopoutlet.com]nflshopoutlet.com[/url]
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