Injury Update and Analysis

Here is the latest on the three Browns injured during today's game, as well as the eight players who were listed inactive due to injury prior to the game...

The Browns came out of today's game against the Lions a little worse for wear, but how bad the situation is will not be known until Monday at the earliest. This report is based on released information from the Browns and our own observations.


Chris Crocker / Concussion

The Browns safety got sidetracked from his drive to challenge first-team free safety Earl Little when he collided on a play with Lions TE Casey FitzSimmons. After lying on the field for an agonizing minute or so, Crocker got to his feet and was helped off the field. Crocker later walked off the field, and the team reported that the safety had a minor concussion and would not return. Crocker appeared none worse for wear following the game in the locker room, as he walked around talking on a cell phone.

Michael Lehan / Foot Injury

Lehan left the game in the third quarter, and reporters were told that he had an unspecified injury to his left foot. Lehan previously had suffered a sprained arch. His return was referred to as "doubtful", indicating that the cornerback's condition didn't appear serious enough to eliminate the possibility of his return. We saw Lehan walking around after the game without a noticeable limp, but the nature of the injury has been discussed by the team in detail.

Joaquin Gonzalez / Ankle Sprain

Gonzalez left the game in the fourth quarter due to a sprain in his left ankle. The Browns second-team left tackle has become increasingly important to the team's plans, as Butch Davis declared last week that Gonzalez appeared to be a possible "swing man" for the offensive line. Gonzalez left the field on a cart. Gonzalez left the locker room with a boot on his foot and on crutches, indicating that the injury is serious enough at least to require immobilizing his foot. The seriousness of ankle sprains is often not seen until it becomes apparent how much swelling will occur. We expect to hear more on Gonzalez's condition on Monday.


The following players were declared inactive for today's game:

Adimchinobe Echemandu, RB

The Browns running back has not yet been cleared for play, and has not practiced with the team since the start of training camp.

Roosevelt Williams, CB

Lane Adkins reported exclusively in Ask the Insiders earlier this week that Williams ankle sprain was deemed "significant" by the team and that he would not be back as quickly as Andre Davis earlier in the month. This was proven out today as Williams was declared inactive.

Sean Jones, S

The Browns second-round draft choice remains an outside possibility for 2004, and the team will be making a decision in the next several weeks about whether Jones will go on the IR (losing him for the season) or go on the PUP list (as Frisman Jackson and Lee Suggs did in 2003), which holds open the possibility of his return partway through the season. Jones suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the team's quarterback school on June 8th and had surgery on the 22nd.

Keith Heinrich, TE

The team has not updated Heinrich's status recently, and his is officially listed as day-to-day. He has not been participating in practice and had not been cleared for play in the team's training camp. Heinrich suffered a fractured fibula during the team's quarterback school in June.

Chaun Thompson, LB

Thompson has been participating in some individual drills, but the team is bringing back the linebacker slowly. The team's starting SSLB was injured on August 4th, and at the time the team reported that he would be out 2 weeks. That has not been the case, and we believe that his return remains more than a week away.

Brant Boyer, LB

The Browns will be making a decision in the coming weeks about whether the valuable reserve linebacker and special teams player will be placed on the IR. Boyer, who had a screw inserted in his right foot on 8/6, has said that he hopes to return by Week 3.

Melvin Fowler, C

The Browns second-string center is still out with a sprained ankle and is listed day-to-day. He was still on crutches as of this evening.

Antonio Garay, DT

Garay had knee surgery in the off-season and has not been cleared to participate in the Browns training camp.



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