Browns-Broncos: Dave's Game Notebook

Some assorted notes from today's game...

McCUTCHEON SITS OUT ... Daylon McCutcheon was listed as probable all week with a supposed minor ankle injury. Big surprise. By the time Sunday rolled around, that ankle was a bit worse than the Browns let on. McCutcheon was placed on the inactive list, meaning a start for Roosevelt Williams at cornerback.

McCutcheon, by the way, may spend his last two weeks in a Browns uniform in the home finale against Baltimore and the season finale at Cincinnati. The Browns must pick up a $1.3-million option on McCutcheon or face losing him.

The Browns other starting cornerback, Anthony Henry, was forced into a backup role in nickel and dime situations due to a sprained knee.

Also inactive for the Browns were punter Derrick Frost, defensive back Ron Israel, linebacker Mason Unck, offensive lineman Craig Osika, wide receiver C.J. Jones and defensive lineman Felipe Claybrooks. Nate Hybl was the third quarterback.

Wide receivers Andre Davis and Quincy Morgan were both in the starting lineup despite struggling with the flu.

... Butch Davis said this week that the Browns signed former Northern Iowa punter Derrick Frost to the practice squad to get a look at him by sending him to NFL Europe. Well, Frost surprisingly landed on the Browns 53-man roster Friday, giving the Browns a rare backup punter. Another Davis claim - Frost is not in Cleveland to challenge for the job of Chris Gardocki, who becomes a free agent at the end of the year. We'll see.

The Browns also claimed they added Frost to the active roster because they had an open roster spot. It turns out they had to cut recently signed fullback Josh Mallard to make room for a backup punter.

Davis also said this year that the team couldn't afford luxuries like an extra quarterback when they cut Josh Booty, because versatile players capable of helping out on special teams are just too valuable on the 53-man roster. Apparently, Davis does not consider an extra punter a luxury.

... In the odd comment category of the week, Denver Post columnist Adam Schefter claimed that Ohio State coach Jim Tressell will be moving on to a job with the Browns. Don't count on that happening.

... The Browns ran the ball on 15-of-20 first downs in the first four quarters Sunday. That play calling may have helped set the stage for another poor performance on third down (2-of-11) by forcing Couch into difficult situations.

... The Broncos are now 3-0 in overtime against the Browns, with all three final scores reading Denver 23, Cleveland 20. Fred Steinfort kicked the game winner for Denver in 1981 and Rich Karlis booted a 33-yarder in the 1986 AFC Championship game in Cleveland prior to Sunday.

Denver now owns six straight victories over Cleveland with 14 wins in their last 16 meetings. Overall, the Broncos are 15-5 in the series.


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