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Andy Moeller suspended by Cleveland Browns after weekend "incident"

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Rehabbing quarterback, General Manager suspension, star receiver handed a year-long NFL ban - the Cleveland Browns certainly can't be accused of having had a dull offseason.

Now, with just days to go until the 2015 NFL season gets under way, the dysfunctional franchise have hit another significant stumbling block.

Ban

As revealed by the franchise themselves via a team spokesperson, the Browns have suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller indefinitely.

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The announcement came via an email sent to several high profile media figures, including Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. It reads as follows:

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It is unclear at this stage exactly what the incident was over the weekend that has seen Cleveland make such a drastic decision on the eve of the new season.

Moeller, who joined the Cleveland Browns in 2014 after five years with the Baltimore Ravens, has been suspended under the NFL substance abuse policy in the past.

In 2011, the O-Line coach was banned for the first two games of the season in relation to a DUI arrest - an offense that led to Moeller being handed a 60 day prison sentence (only two of which were not suspended). That suspension came with Moeller having had two previous alcohol-related arrests since 2007.

There is no indication at this time if the most recent "incident" is of a similar vein.

Contingency plan

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, speaking to the media on Monday, declined to add to the franchise's original statement. He did though confirm that assistant OL coach, George DeLeone, will take over from Moeller for this weekend's game against the New York Jets.

With the offensive line perhaps the best part of the Browns roster at this time, today's drama is far from ideal moving forward, and only adds to the feeling of chaos around the franchise at present.

Browns fans: Can your team block out the off-field issues, or will 2015 see the team take a step backwards? Have your say in the comments below...

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