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Browns Injury Report – Out: None. DNP: Delhomme, Jackson, Lauvao, Roberson, Rogers. Limited: Benard, Pontbriand, Sorensen, Womack.
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Delhomme, Wallace Quotes for Sept. 15
Don Delco on September 15th, 2010 AT 4:33 PM
QB Jake Delhomme
(On if he regrets not coming out of the game Sunday)- "No, not at all. I knew at halftime I needed to get taped up, but adrenaline is flowing, naturally you don't have as much swelling and things like that and you kind of can pinpoint more after the game or the day after. Not, not at all. If I felt like I was going to be a detriment to the offense in the second half, I feel I'd be smarter than that, knowing that we have an extremely good quarterback also in Seneca (Wallace). No, I didn't feel that way and that's where we're at."
(On what is wrong with his ankle)- "I just have an ankle that's bothering me and I'm just going to leave it at that and we'll go from there."
(On if he is optimistic about playing Sunday)- "I'm always optimistic about anything. We are just going to be aggressive in our treatment and see where that takes us."
(On if his ankle injury occurred during the first interception that he threw)- "Yes, it was. I'm not blaming that on the throw one bit, I will say that. It was a poor decision. It had nothing to do with me throwing an interception."
(On what he thinks knowing his body better than anyone else)- "I don't know. I don't recall ever having an ankle injury in my life, maybe in college. I'm just going to listen to what the trainers say and we are going to follow that protocol and kind of go from there, but we'll see."
(On if he had an MRI)- "I did take one, yes."
(On what the MRI results showed)- "I'm a big believer of what's said in the training room, stays in the training room. That's kind of where we are at there."
(On if he has ever had to rest all week and then play Sunday)- "I've had to do that one time in my career, not take a snap all week long because I had a broken thumb and it worked well for me. But I think as a quarterback, I'm a firm believer in getting reps and things like that especially this is not like it's old hat for me here with these guys. We are still in the learning process, so we will see and we'll go from there."
(On if it hurt more Sunday night and Monday morning than it did in the game)- "Yes. I will say that. It sure did."
(On Brett Favre being able to rest his ankle and then play in games)- "I think the thing with him is that he's had that offense for whatever, 16 of his 17 years. The offensive coordinator there was his quarterback coach in Green Bay for awhile, so naturally they were very familiar in that regard."
(On what the key to winning this Sunday will be regardless of who is playing quarterback)- "I think the biggest thing is protect the football. I really and truly believe that was the key to us not winning the game the other day. We did some decent things, especially in the first half. We weren't as naturally crisp in the second half. We had a good opening drive, we didn't come away with anything. We were kind of playing field position and the next thing you know, we were on the opposite end of that spectrum field position-wise. We just didn't make enough plays in the second half."
(On if there is a part of him that thinks the smart thing to do is rest this week and try for next week)- "You know what, we'll see. To me, the whole season is the next game. That's how I look at every game."
(On if Joshua Cribbs was open underneath on his second interception)- "Maybe we possibly could have had him. In hindsight, possibly so, but if I would have put more on it, we are talking about a big play to Mo (Massaquoi). A huge play that changes field position and a first down and who knows. I just didn't get enough on it."
(On if it is disappointing to get an injury in the first game with a new team)- "It's extremely disappointing, I will say that. I've been very lucky throughout my career, injury-wise. For one, it's embarrassing to me. It's just kind of the way I look at it."
(On why an injury is embarrassing)- "It's just kind of the way I look at it. I believe you should be out there with your guys, but I know this is for the best and that's how we have to take it."
(On how much his ankle bothered him in the second half)- "Somewhat, but it's no excuse for anything in the second half. There might have been one or two throws, but other than that no, it wasn't an excuse for any play."
(On if he is confident that he will at least play next Sunday)- "You know what, I'm going to work on trying to get better today and we'll see tomorrow. I'm trying not to give you coach speak, I'm giving you how I feel and where my focus is."
(On the minimum he would have to do to be ready this week)- "We'll see. I think the first thing is to be effective and not hurt the team. I will keep saying it, we've got a good guy who can play quarterback also in Seneca."
(On if he knew after the game that something was wrong)- "I think any time after a game, adrenaline is still flowing and things like that. Swelling will set in at a certain point, but I knew Monday morning it was a little different. I knew Sunday night I should say and during the course of the night. Monday morning, it was a little different. We came in early and we were able to kind of try some stuff to get it better."
(On the productivity and relationship he expects with his wide receivers, with Cribbs and Brian Robiskie only having three catches between them last game)- "I think the biggest thing is that we didn't win the game, so none of us did enough for us to win. That's kind of how you have to look at it. I still think we are learning, we are trying to establish exactly who we are and that's the season. It's the first game of the season. Would we love to be 1-0? Absolutely. It's just kind of the way it goes. You take it for what it's worth and you build on it. I think this team came in and we took our medicine on Monday and now we are back to work and it's time to go."
QB Seneca Wallace
(On if he is preparing for the game this week any differently because of Delhomme's injury)- "Not really, it's just that I'm getting more of our team reps. I will prepare the same, but it's just more now running with the ones and getting more opportunities to do our stuff."
(On if he anticipates things being a little different offensively)- "Not much different. There is some stuff, obviously, in the game plan that I'm real familiar with that we did a lot in Seattle. It's pretty much the same game plan and my job is to make sure I execute those plays as well as possible and move the ball and score some points for us offensively."
(On if Delhomme said that his ankle was bothering him during the game last Sunday)- "I knew it was bothering him a little bit. You could tell on one of the throws that he had later in the game. He's a tough guy, obviously, and he will continue to keep playing through that injury. He will bounce back and he made some good throws even when he was in there battling a hurt ankle. That's the type of competitor that he is."
(On if he thought he might go in last Sunday for Delhomme)- "A little bit, but my main thing was to make sure I kept him going, kept his head in the game and I tried my best to make sure that he wasn't worried about the injury and continued to keep playing football."
(On if he is used to playing a supporting role)- "Yes, you just continue to keep working. We tried our best not to miss a beat out there offensively and continue to keep playing offense."
(On if he has a different comfort level in Cleveland than he did in Seattle)- "Yes, a little bit. This is a different system than what I was used to in Seattle. All of the hard work that we did in OTAs and in training camp, I became very familiar with this offense and I feel comfortable with it."
(On what his mindset will be if he is the starter Sunday)- "The same thing, just go out there and keep playing football, keep doing the same thing I've been doing since I was young and the same thing I've been doing since I've been in the NFL. Just go out there and have fun and play football.”
(On if there were plays in the Tampa Bay game he felt were left out there on the field)- "There's a lot of opportunities, and that happens. There's going to be some times, especially early in the season, that you are going to miss some things, and that happens. We just try to make sure that we don't make those mistakes over again, especially when we go back out on the field for another series. We might call the same play, but we make sure that we connect with it. Unfortunately, we did miss a few things, but that happens. That's football. We move forward and continue to keep playing."
(On if it would be the earliest in a season he would be starting a game if he starts on Sunday)- "Probably so, but that doesn't matter. It's still football, it doesn't matter if it's Week 1, Week 2 or Week 15. You have still got to go out and play."
(On if the offensive packages change if he starts Sunday)- "It doesn't change at all. I think we still just continue to keep doing what we've been doing. We can't worry about if I'm getting more reps at quarterback and all that other stuff that comes along with it and the Wildcat stuff. Just continue to keep playing."
(On if the Wildcat package will be more effective with him on the field more)- "It could. It has its advantages, but we just continue to keep playing. We'll mix those things in and we'll see what happens."
Transcript: Eric Mangini, 9/15
Barry McBride on September 15th, 2010 AT 4:20 PM
(Opening statement)- “Good morning everybody. A couple transactions, we signed Thomas Clayton and DeAndre Wright to the practice squad and we released DeAngelo Smith and Andre Anderson from the practice squad. Thomas Clayton is a running back. DeAndre Wright is a defensive back. In terms of practice today, Shawn (Lauvao) will not be out there, Big Baby, will not be out there that’s Shaun Rogers. Jake (Delhomme) will not practice today and I think that’s it.
“We moved on to Kansas City and got the corrections from Tampa Bay. In looking at Kansas City, I think that they have improved in a lot of areas and this is a team that we know well in a sense that we played them in the latter part of the season and for me personally knowing the coordinators and the head coach. Having worked with those guys, I have a ton of respect for Todd (Haley) and Romeo (Crennel) and Charlie (Weis). I know they’ll be ready to play. I think that defensively one of the things that they did well last year and you saw that they carried over to the first game against San Diego is produced turnovers. They were 12th in the league last year. Derrick Johnson is a guy that produced a lot of forced fumbles in college and he had another one the other night against San Diego. I think they’ve improved their run defense throughout the course of the preseason and again with San Diego being able to hold them to 3.8 yards a carry. They’ve made some real strides there. They’ve got some young additions in the secondary that there’s going to be some growing pains like we have but their also going to continue to improve. I thought they played pretty well Monday night against a very good passing offense.
“Their offense, they have some explosive play makers. Jamaal Charles, his numbers are staggering. I think he was the quickest to reach 1,100 yards in terms of the number of carries to get to 1,100 yards. I think he’s second in the NFL in carries over plus 40 yards. He’s an explosive guy. His per carry average is extremely high. His ability to catch the ball out of the back field are extended, as a receiver is impressive as well. Then you look at Thomas Jones who had 1,400 yards last year. He’s a guy I know really well and his style, his toughness that adds a different dimension. They use Dexter McCluster some in the backfield. He’s a guy they can do a lot of different things with. He plays receiver, plays as a Wildcat quarterback, he plays at running back, he returns kicks and punts. He can make a bunch of different plays in a lot of different ways. Dwayne Bowe’s been very productive he can hurt you vertically, can hurt you with a catch and run. Chris Chambers is a guy I’ve played against a long time when he was with the Dolphins then again last season where he had a good game against us. There’s quite a few ways they can attack a defense and I think Matt Cassel is a guy that I have known since he first came into the league and had that really impressive year with New England. Then last year there were times I thought that he played to that same level and there’s some times where he struggled but that was a group effort. He’s a smart guy, he runs the offense well, he’s very familiar with the things that Charlie (Weis) likes to do and he can get them into some good plays and get them out of some bad plays. That’s our challenge there.”
On special teams I’d say the most dramatic change that they’ve made is they’ve revamped their return game. They’ve got two young guys Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster that can score at any point and they are different styles, but there’re both guys that can go the distance at any point either in punt return or kick return. That’s going to be a really big challenge for us. I think one of the important things that we have to do on special teams is improve our return game both punt and kickoff return and be able to re-establish field position in those areas or use it to make plays.”
(On Delhomme’s ankle)- “I’d say that he’s better, he’s sore. In terms of how long he will be out, he is a pretty tough guy and I’ve had guys who’ve hurt their ankle in the past that have been able to come back and play pretty quickly even that next week. I’d say he’s day to day.”
(On if Delhomme’s ankle is a mild sprain)- “I’m not really going to characterize it but it is his right ankle. I’d say that he’s getting better and he’ll be day to day.”
(On if Delhomme is in a boot)- “With all those injuries, typically, they are in a boot at different points.”
(On Shaun Rogers’ injury)- “I think we’ll see him here the latter part of the week. Shawn Lauvao, I think he’s getting closer and closer so that’s where we’re at.”
(On if there is a chance for D’Qwell Jackson to practice this week)- “I think we’ve got a real chance of him practicing, maybe Friday.”
(On when they will make a decision on the starting quarterback)- “End of the week we’ll make a decision. I have tremendous faith in Seneca (Wallace) and I have really enjoyed getting to know him, watching him play, seeing the things that he can do. It’s not the type of situation where you have to dramatically change the offense. When he goes in he’s got a really good understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish. What you do with any quarterback if he were the one to play is you cater it to the things that they like but that’s common. The game planning involves the quarterback because you want him to have the highest possible comfort level. That’s another reason that I like to work those guys with the first group at different points during training camp or the preseason because you never know when things may happen.”
(On if Delhomme shouldn’t have been playing after he got hurt)- “No, he could finish the game and typically, Tony (Grossi), you hurt a lot more after the game then you do during the game. That’s usually what happens and I have total confidence in our doctors and our trainers. You talk to the player and you make the decision. Often times with injuries it’s worse the day after than it is while you’re in the action.”
(On if the starting at quarterback will be a game-time decision)- “It just depends on how the week goes, Mary Kay (Cabot). I’ve had different quarterbacks in New York with similar types of injuries and I think Chad (Pennington) had a similar injury and he really could have played that week.”
(On if it is hard to except injuries as a coach)- “Yes, it’s hard because you go in with one hope and one expectation in terms of how it’s going to look and who is going to play and I know we always talk in here during training camp or OTAs, ‘Why we are mix and matching all this different guy?’ It’s kind of for that reason. You just don’t know what’s going to happen and you’re one play away from having somebody else in for either that game or an extended amount of time or even the whole season. It’s really hard on that next guy if he doesn’t have any experience working with that group to go in on a weekly basis or a typical week and perform at a high level. Knowing that, that’s why I’ve always tried to build it so they have some of that exposure and they are in the best position to be successful if it does happen, and you hope like crazy it doesn’t happen.”
(On how many snaps Shaun Rogers played during the game on Sunday and if that was the game plan or if he was limited by his leg)- “20 maybe 25. We were looking to have that range of snaps. We didn’t think it was going to be a 60 play deal for him just because he hasn’t worked as much as he would of liked or we would have liked so hopefully build each week.”
(On if Seneca Wallace starts on Sunday how much the game plan will change)- “That’s what I was talking about with Tony (Grossi), is he can run anything we have. We do this each week, you have the game plan and then you meet with each quarterback and they pick out their favorite things on the game plan. If Seneca had gone in last week we have a different call sheet that says Seneca on it and he goes in and his priorities, his things that he feels most comfortable with are there. If Colt (McCoy) went in, we’d put those two away and pull out the Colt sheet and you go with those because you want it to be a collaborative process. What one guy really likes and really feels comfortable with the next guy that might be number three on his list so you get to one first. All three of those guys have a comfort level with the plan each week, we just adjust it on their feedback and what we think will be most successful.”
(On if Seneca plays on Sunday if it is going to create some uncertainties for Kansas City like the Wildcat)- “Yes, he does present some different problems than Jake (Delhomme) does. In terms of how they are going to game plan both guys I’m not really sure. He’s definitely a different set of problems.”
(On if he was disappointed with the offensive line in the fourth quarter)- “I really don’t compartmentalize it like that because I think that any time there’s momentum shifts, you have to seize it as a group. You have to go out and collectively change the way that things are going. That’s not through trying to make a play outside the scheme, it’s by focusing on that one play at that moment to get to the next moment. That’s a skill set like anything else. All that being said, we need to be able to re-establish field position with our coverage teams, we need to be able to respond defensively, ideally go three and out because that changes the field position. One has to complement the other and it’s hard when you’re starting backed up each one of those series to get a lot of things going. I look for, collectively, us being able to change whatever is happening.”
(On what happened on the Browns’ returns)- “I think it was a combination of things. I think there were some missed opportunities that we had on the reads, some balls that we could have handled better. We put the ball on the ground one time, that kills you. In terms of the blocking, there were a couple things that we could have handled better. They twisted one time and we didn’t handle the twist as well as we should have which created some penetration and that changes a return. You wish you could just look at it Jeff (Schudel) and say it was just right here where it happens but in the kicking game, typically the difference between a big play and not a big play is one guy. Everybody’s flying down so it’s quick, quick, quick. You’ve got to hit the blocks you got to get the right read and when you do that really good things happen, one small change in that can blow up the whole thing.”
(On if there is a big turnover on the kick return unit from last year)- “You also have to give those guys credit, that’s a really good special teams group that they have in Tampa. They’re talented, they’re fast they got a bunch of core guys. It starts with us but they do a nice job in Tampa on special teams.”
(On if the Kansas City coaches will roll their eyes to the quarterback suspense this week)- “Give them a call, I don’t know if they’ll roll their eyes or not. I don’t know what they’ll do.”
(On if Peyton Hillis and Jerome Harrison will be sharing carries for the season)- “Yes, I would imagine you’d see them both every game. They each have packages so you’ll see them both. They can play in each other’s packages, that’s no problem. I like what both guys can do with the ball in their hands. I like what both guys can do in the passing game. I thought Jerome did a really nice job last week in picking up blitzes and his protection on Mohamed’s (Massaquoi) touchdown. He really saved that play by coming across. The nose tackle had kind of slipped and was starting to pressure he came in and saved the play. We wouldn’t have had that touchdown without him doing that and there were a couple other times where I thought he played big in the hole and had really good hand placement and leverage. I think Peyton is a very good pass protector as well and both guys can do things getting out of the back field.”
(On if he would prefer Hillis and Harrison to split carries or go with whoever gets in a rhythm)- “I just prefer them both to get positive yards. To me, I have total confidence in either one, so whoever we have in, if those plays are rolling, I’m happy to continue rolling with them. It’s a good situation. I really think that both guys are going to do good things when they are in the game.”
(On what he likes about Hillis in third down situations better than Harrison)- “I don’t know if it’s what you like better, it’s kind of his package where he has been working. That’s one way to get him involved and Jerome has his different packages, so it’s not like I’d feel worse if Jerome were in.”
(On Harrison’s performance against the Chiefs last year)- “It was pretty good, it was pretty fun to watch. I thought the o-line blocked really well. I thought Lawrence Vickers had a great game that game. It was really a combination of things. They had a lot of people in the box, it wasn’t like it was just seven-man boxes. They did some pretty good things in their running game too that I’d like to avoid.”
(On what the team loses if Delhomme does not play Sunday)- “I guess I’m always a glass half-full guy. I don’t think we have to lose anything because Seneca has control over the offense. I think that you saw during the preseason that whether we ran the no huddle, he was effective with that. Whether it was the shifting and motioning, he was effective with that. There’s not a lot of plays on the call sheet where you look at and say, ‘Seneca can’t do this.’ It’s not like that, he’s been good. He’s been really good with everything that we’ve asked him to do. As I said Tony (Grossi), you look at comfort level, you look at things that he likes and you cater it if that’s the case. You do the same thing if Colt (McCoy) goes in, he has certain things he really likes. You don’t try to push something on a guy that’s not their highest comfort level because you want them to be really confident with the play because they have to execute it.”
(On the right side of the line and if Tony Pashos could play this week)- “I could see Tony playing this week. John (St. Clair) can play inside at guard or if it’s Floyd (Womack) and Tony, there’s no lack of comfort there either. Typically, you don’t sub in and out the tackles but I’m comfortable if Tony plays.”
(On if Kansas City looks a lot different than they did last year)- “It’s familiar, there are a lot of similarities between their defense and our defense. I think you’ll recognize a lot of stuff just by watching. Offensively, there is a lot of carryover there too because Brian who was with Charlie and Todd who was with Charlie in New York, it’s all connected.”
(On if Kansas City seemed quicker than last season)- “It’s the first game of the season, everybody has a little pep in their step. It’s just different points in the year. We’ll all look a little different Week 14.”
(On if K.C. showed Wildcat with Dexter McCluster in preseason)- “Yes, they ran some of that. He does a ton of stuff. They use him like we use (Joshua) Cribbs, plays wide receiver, plays running back, plays Wildcat quarterback, he returns kicks, returns punts. You can do any of that stuff with him and he’s pretty good at all of it. He’s an exciting player in the draft and he’s and an exciting player now.”
(On if Shawn Lauvao can play on Sunday)- “I think we are a lot closer. I was relatively optimistic last week but I think that each day that goes by it gets better and I’m hopeful.”
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A Thumbnail Sketch of Seneca Wallace’s Career
Don Delco on September 15th, 2010 AT 12:24 PM
Jake Delhomme is day-to-day. That’s funny, so am I. Anyway, if Delhomme can’t go Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, Seneca Wallace will get the nod.
The Browns are one more quarterback injury away from the beginning of the Colt McCoy Era. Fellas in the Charlie Frye jerseys cheer in anticipation.
Back to Wallace. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Wallace out of Iowa State in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. For the next two years, Wallace was the Seahawks third-string, or emergency, quarterback.
In 2006, Wallace started four consecutive games and threw at least one touchdown pass in each of those games. Seattle was 2-2 during that span. In his first career start against Kansas City, no less, Wallace was 15 of 30 passing for 198 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Two years later, Wallace started eight games and the Seahawks went 3-5. He cut down in his interceptions and was 141 of 242 passing for 1,532 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. That season, Wallace went 184 consecutive passes without an interception.
But for his time in Seattle, he was behind Matt Hasselbeck. When healthy, Hasselbeck got the nod. Wallace was traded to the Browns this offseason and in the preseason he showed he has talent. Wallace is mobile and when he’s out of the pocket he can make accurate throws. In addition, he developed a connection Browns playmaker Josh Cribbs.
In three preseason games with the Browns, Wallace was 13 of 26 passing for 230 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Yet last Sunday’s performance by Delhomme followed a productive preseason. We learned there are no guarantees Wallace can continue his production if he’s called upon against the Chiefs.
For now we wait day-to-day.
@ClarkeMoore LOL, hopefully not. If Delhomme gets a staph infection from the boot he’s wearing, then I KNOW we’re cursed!
Jake end of week decision. He’s day to day.
Jake rogers lauvao wont practice wed. D smith and anderson released from practice squad.
Thank you, Sean McClelland. Good luck, Jake Delhomme.
Barry McBride on September 15th, 2010 AT 10:10 AM
Most of the words that have been spewed about Jim Brown not attending the Ring of Honor ceremony later this week have taken the easy way out: criticizing the athlete for staying away from the event in what’s considered a fit of pique.
Sean McClelland is one of the few who has the courage to point a finger back to the team’s front office and say that they deserve some of the blame for how they handled Brown’s dismissal.
As I wrote a while back, it’s not easy to defend Jim Brown, but it’s also not hard to figure out his tendencies. If you wanted him center stage during a big event at the first home game, the velvet gloves would have had to have been on all off-season.
It seems like so many in the local media are so frightened to criticize Mike Holmgren that they miss the story entirely. Holmgren has made mistakes in the past, and will make more in the future. This was one of them.
At this point, however, his biggest mistake appears to have been in his choice of quarterback – a call that caused a lot of head-scratching at the time, most of which was subsequently forgotten as Delhomme looked solid in pre-season.
What concerns me the most is how the team said all off-season that Delhomme’s issue wasn’t physical – as if an injury would somehow be worse than a quarterback who started pressing or who lost confidence. I don’t think that’s the case at all and would argue that the Browns careers of Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson were unimpressive mostly due to decision-making and other aspects of the mental part of this game.
These issues are often unfixable or are harder to fix than a physical injury. Since football is a more physical sport than golf or baseball, the mental aspects of the game tend to be pushed aside. But they’re just as important as in those quieter sports.
If Jake Delhomme’s decision-making is as bad as it appeared to be against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s not going to matter if his ankle is healed or not.
Here’s hoping that we were all fooled last weekend, and not during the pre-season. But my gut says we saw the real Jake Delhomme on Sunday.
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@BrownieTheElf Exactly what I remember. Fred yesterday was talking about how Mangini sort of just slipped that info in talking to the media.
We’ve got a ton of stuff lined up today: New scoop from Lane, Xs and Os from Doug, podcast to be posted, gameballs and goats. Woah!
OBR Newswire updates for September 14th through September 15th
OBR Newswire on September 15th, 2010 AT 8:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for September 14th through September 15th:
- Canton Repository – Brown, Chiefs racing to be new Patriots – The race to be the next New England is on in Cleveland and Kansas City.
- Dayton Daily News – Don’t blame Jim Brown for ‘Ring of Honor’ flap – The Cleveland Browns are unveiling their “Ring of Honor” on Sunday and, of course, there’s controversy.
- Akron Beacon Journal – Browns Report Card: Flaws there for all to see – The Browns can't afford to stumble to 0-2 in their home opener Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Five of their next seven opponents after the Chiefs qualified for the playoffs last season, so this is a must-win game.
- Plain Dealer – Browns QB Jake Delhomme in walking boot, no update yet on status for Chiefs – Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme wore a walking boot on Tuesday, two days after injuring his right ankle in the 17-14 loss against Tampa Bay, according to a league source.
- Plain Dealer – Browns fans tell us why they love the Browns – No matter how the team performs, one thing is certain, Browns fans love their football team. All season long cleveland.com is asking you, the fans, why you love your team, why you stick by them and your favorite Browns memories in a feature called "Browns Fans Confessionals."
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