No Secondary Concerns

As the Browns begin Bengals week, Eric Mangini reiterated Wednesday his trust in the Browns secondary, specifically Eric Wright, entering Sunday's game against the Bengals wide receiving corps that includes Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

BEREA, Ohio— Eric Mangini was asked if he saw any change in assignments for the cornerbacks, in terms of Eric Wright, Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden.

"We change assignments every game so that's not reactionary, we do that every game," Mangini said. "Mike Adams plays a lot of corner and we use him, too. In terms of changing assignments based on one game, it's more based on the next opponent."

Last week, Wright was beat for three touchdowns by Ravens' wide out Anquan Boldin.

Mangini said he has a comfort level with Wright or Brown on Sunday when they going up against Bengals wide outs Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.

"I feel very comfortable with both guys whether we match them up right or left or individually," Mangini said. "That's why we use them on both sides."

Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis said he expects Wright to bounce back.

"He's a fine, young football player," Lewis said. "He'll bounce back from that game and I expect him to play well."


Injury Update: QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), DL Shaun Rogers (hip, ankle), DL Robaire Smith (undisclosed), DL Kenyon Coleman (undisclosed) and DB Derrick Roberson (hip) won't practice Wednesday, but Mangini expects all players to practice by the end of the week.

"I expect all of those guys back either Thursday or Friday," Mangini said.

Mangini wouldn't name Seneca Wallace as the starting quarterback with the possibility that Delhomme could be back.

"I anticipate Jake coming back and that's not a knock on Seneca, but Jake has done a lot of good things for us."

It is anticipated that RB Jerome Harrison (thigh), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring), LB Marcus Benard (ankle) and OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle) will be back at practice on Wednesday.

Mangini wouldn't say how long it would take Lauvao to get back in the mix.

"It's not great when anybody misses three weeks," Mangini said. "You tend to build reps, but with that being said, Shawn made a lot of strides in the preseason. "

Lauvao said he's anxious to get back out there.

"I'm just ready to get out there."

With the emergence of RB Peyton Hillis, Harrison was asked what his role would now be.

"I never knew what my role was," Harrison said with a smile.

Improvement: Mangini was asked if he believes the team is getting better, despite the 0-3 record.

"I think the players understand on where we've improved," he said. "This is a really good group of players that understand those things and now it needs to register in terms of getting wins.

"There is a way that it has to happen and that is controlling things we can control," he said. "We have to control penalties and turnovers and things we can control."

Mangini was asked if he has talked to Mike Holmgren about the team's improvement.

"I don't want to speak for Mike, but I think as a coach he understands some of the things that have happened and we can have a conversation and there's good give and take."

Double Threat: RB Peyton Hillis leads the Browns in both rushing and receiving. He has 220 yards rushing and three touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards a carry. Meanwhile, he leads the team in receiving with 14 receptions for 86 yards (6.1 avg.). TE Ben Watson is second in receiving with 12 receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown.

Instant Impact: The Browns were hoping their top draft choices would be able to step in and make an immediate impact. S T.J. Ward has started all three games and leads the team in tackles with 24. He also has a forced fumble and a pass broken up. He's also second on the team in special team tackles with three. First-round pick, CB Joe Haden has six tackles with two passes broken up. Haden has two special team tackles.

Meanwhile, the second of the two second-round picks, RB Montario Hardesty was placed on injured reserve in the preseason and OL Shawn Lauvao has missed the first three games with an ankle sprain.

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