All Signs Signal Seneca To Start

With the status still unclear on Jake Delhomme's right ankle, Eric Mangini had good things to say Friday about the Browns back-up and possible week two starter, Seneca Wallace.

BEREA, Ohio—Although Eric Mangini wouldn't come out and name Seneca Wallace as the starting quarterback for Sunday's home opener with the Chiefs, all the tea leaves are pointing that way.

"I'd like to wait to see how (Friday) goes," Mangini said. "Jake (Delhomme) is making progress and I would have total confidence with him playing after missing practice.

"With that being said, I feel really good with what Seneca is doing."

Mangini wouldn't say if Delhomme is held out if it's just a one-game situation.

"I'd like to say that, but with any injury you don't always know," he said. "We'll have to see how it goes."

If Wallace does start, it will be the 15th quarterback to start a game for the Browns since the team returned in 1999. The only quarterback to start all 16 games was Tim Couch in 2001.

Notebook

Jackson, Rogers Practicing: LB D'Qwell Jackson and DL Shaun Rogers were back at practice on Friday, increasing Rogers opportunity to play on Sunday against the Chiefs.

"I think (Rogers) should be able to play Sunday," Mangini said.

Rogers was slowed with an ankle and hip injury.

Jackson practiced for the first time since straining his pectoral muscle early in training camp. Mangini said that they will bring Jackson along at a slower pace.

"D'Qwell will practice today," he said. "It will be real limited, because it's his first time back out there.

"We're going to bring him along slowly and not rush anything and see how it goes."

OL Shaun Lauvao (ankle) did not practice, along with Delhomme.

House Guest: Mangini said that he lived with former Browns coach and current Chiefs' defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

"I lived with Romeo when I first got to New England," Mangini said. "It was a great place to be a house guest. "

Mangini says he admires Crennel, highly.

"He is one of the best people I now as a pure human being and you want to see your firends be successful."

Ironically, if Crennel would've been successful with the Browns, Mangini might not have been hired as the Browns coach. Crennel was 24-40 in his four years as the Browns head coach.

Nod to St. Clair: Mangini was asked who would start at right tackle.

"Probably, John St. Clair."

OL Tony Pashos was signed with the idea of him unseating St. Clair, but thus far he has not been able to do so.


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