Sunday Morning Skinny

It's the season opener and Browns again have a clear slate. The new look Browns face a strong test right away against the Philadelphia Eagles.

-- Veteran OLB Scott Fujita is expected to be in uniform Sunday following the successful appeal of his suspension in the Bountygate saga. Fujita hasn't practiced for weeks due to a leg injury and was separated from the team due to the suspension, until Friday. Fujita is questionable for Sunday's contest against the Philadelphia Eagles.

-- Rookie RB Trent Richardson will be active on Sunday, barring any last minute setback. The unknown is, how much of the load with Richardson carry.

-- Head coach Pat Shurmur has yet to decide which RB will start on Sunday, as Richardson, Brandon Jackson and Montario Hardesty have not been discounted.

-- Rookie OLB James-Michael Johnson is doubtful for the battle against the Eagles.

-- Rookie LB L.J. Fort has continued to gain reps in place of Fujita and Johnson. Both Fort and Fujita were at the strong-side LB spot during the team walkthrough.

-- CB Joe Haden has yet to hear from the league regarding his potential suspension and will start on Sunday.

-- Word making its way to theOBR is, Haden will spend his Sunday afternoon facing off against Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.

-- Nickel CB Dimitri Patterson will indeed by the third CB after practicing on Wednesday through Friday and taking part in the walkthrough on Saturday.

-- Backup OL John Greco, nursing a calf strain was in uniform late in the week and participated in the walkthrough. Greco will be active on Sunday.

-- Backup OL Oneil Cousins is suffering with a leg injury and is very questionable for Sunday.

-- According to two unnamed Browns players, they welcome the Eagles and their wide-nine defensive look. As theOBR has learned, the Browns have a few plays ‘specially' geared toward the Eagles defensive ends.

-- During practice sessions in preparation for the Eagles, theOBR has learned the Browns ran the spread offense at times, with rookie QB Brandon Weeden appearing in his comfort zone. As theOBR would learn, there are some similarities to the Oklahoma State offense Weeden played in.

-- In film sessions reviewing the Eagles defense, the Browns believe the aggressiveness of the Philadelphia defense opens up opportunities for an offense. TheOBR has heard the safeties are an area of interest, as well as stretching the Eagles outside linebackers.

-- The Browns are hopeful rookie RT Mitchell Schwartz can handle the aggressive wide-nine DE rush of the Eagles on Sunday. If Mitchell is successful, the Browns offense could have a competitive afternoon. If not, the Browns will again incorporate a TE or RB to help, which will basically remove a player from the offensive equation.

-- The offensive coaching staff has spent a considerable amount of time over the past couple weeks dissecting the Philadelphia defensive fronts, stunts and scheme. The Eagles will play ‘games' with the defensive tackles and a blitzing LB, which has led to confusion for opposing interior offensive linemen. This trait also created havoc for the Browns interior offensive linemen in their preseason game.

-- Incorporating the screen pass into the offensive scheme more…….This may have been the worst note I heard this past week, as the Browns screen pass attempts rival that some of the worst ever witnessed at the professional level.

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