What We've Been Told

If you prefer articles filled with paragraphs and such, this column isn't for you. But, if you want to be informed in a quick, pointed manner without the excessive use of verbiage, then you have come to the right place before Sunday's 4:15 p.m. kickoff at the San Francisco 49ers.

If you are unfamiliar with this offering, it is simply "WWBT" or "What We've Been Told."

- Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi hasn't been cleared by the medical staff to practice, much less participate in Sunday's game. As of this writing, it is unlikely Massaquoi will play, but theOBR has been informed the final decision in the process has yet to be made.

- Tight end Ben Watson is in the same boat as Massaquoi. Watson hasn't been cleared, but theOBR has learned Watson wants to play and is pressing the issue to a point. Because of to league-mandated protocol on concussion injuries and medical clearance, Watson may be talking to a deaf ear.

- Running back Peyton Hillis looked to be a go earlier in the week until he re-tweaked his hamstring. Hillis is undergoing extensive physical and medical therapy and his chances are no better than 50-50 for Sunday's game.

- Right guard Shawn Lauvao has been working through a minor knee sprain suffered during the Browns' victory last week. Lauvao is said to have been progressing well and will make the trip with the team if he is deemed healthy enough to play. In Lauvao's absence, John Greco has continues to gain reps with the starting unit.

- Linebacker Scott Fujita has been cleared, he has been on the practice field and he will play Sunday.

- Backup linebacker Kaluka Maiava has been listed on the injury report with a knee. Maiava was limited in practice Thursday (coaches decision), but he will be ready to go on Sunday.

- Second-year wide receiver Carlton Mitchell is going to the show. This time the show may be slightly different for the long and lanky wide out. Although Mitchell has found his way to be active on game days in the past, this time he is expected to have a role other than on special teams and holding his helmet to his side when the offense is on the field.

Mitchell is expected to get on the field and gain actual playing experience. Coming off a broken finger in training camp that required surgery, Mitchell has work his backside off, he has excelled at times in practice sessions and he has grown as a member of this roster.

- Running back Chris Ogbonnaya, inked by the Browns off the Houston Texans practice squad, has been a hit. The offensive coaches like the speed and quickness Ogbonnaya possesses, but it's his attitude and ability to be a legitimate threat coming out of the backfield that the coaches love.

Despite being the third running back on the depth chart, theOBR has learned the Browns intend to utilize his tools.

- Wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Cribbs, as well as tight end/wide receiver Evan Moore are expected to play a significant role for the Browns on Sunday.

The 49ers are susceptible to the pass and the opportunity for match-up advantages favoring the Browns will be present.

The question remains whether the Browns can execute.

San Francisco will pressure the Browns at the point of attack, as the front-seven for the 49ers play solid, fundamental football. The key for the Browns is to ensure McCoy has adequate time to get the ball to the intermediate routes, and the receivers run crisp routes and work with McCoy for adjustments.

The 49ers' cornerbacks are, at times, aggressive and will jump routes, but they are not physical. Starters Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown can be bodied off a ball and can be beaten at the line. Starting safeties Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson offer strong run support skills, they are aggressive, but like many safeties, they can be moved out of position because of their aggressive nature.

Tendencies and trends on film offer up some interesting opportunities for the Browns on Sunday against these 5-1 49ers.

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