Bye Week Player Notes

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KING FOR A DAY: Andre King started for only the second time in his four-year NFL career last week. (The first came two years ago when the Browns opened in a three-wideout formation in Pittsburgh.)

But King didn't get much of a chance. On Cleveland's second possession, he sprained his ankle after making a catch. The injury wasn't apparent right away. He went back to the huddle, but as the Browns lined up for the next play, he fell. He explained later that he was testing the ankle after leaving the huddle, and he couldn't bear weight on it.

King was starting because Andre Davis was held out of the game with a sprained toe. With Quincy Morgan traded, and Antonio Bryant unfamiliar with much of the offense, King got the start.

Bryant played 22 plays and caught two passes for 26 yards. Most impressively to Butch Davis, Bryant made only one mental error.
As for Andre Davis, the receiver said he would be back for next week's game at Baltimore.

Chris Crocker will replace Earl Little as starting free safety after the bye week.

The move isn't a shock. Crocker had been sharing time with Little in recent games. Crocker, a 2003 third-round pick who also can play cornerback, has better man-to-man coverage skills than Little and is a better tackler. Last week against Philadelphia, he made a nifty play when he chased down wide receiver Greg Lewis on an end-around to prevent a potentially big gain and force a punt.

Against Pittsburgh earlier this month, Crocker intercepted a deflected pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Little had a career-high six interceptions in 2003, but he doesn't have any this season. Little is one of only four players remaining from the team's 1999 expansion season.

41. Number of years since the Browns won their first four home games of the season. Cleveland blew its chance to match that by losing to Philadelphia.

"On Friday (when I found out I was starting) it was like going down on Christmas and opening up your gifts. "(Now) it's like I opened up a bag of coal." - WR Andre King said, reflecting on the sprained ankle that knocked him out of Sunday's game in the first quarter.


  • Don't look for the Browns to keep shuffling left guards. Paul Zukauskas started most of the season at that position, but his limited mobility and a sprained knee caused the Browns to turn to DeMar, an undrafted second-year player. DeMar is far from a dominating player, but he is smart and fairly athletic. Most important, he gives the Browns stability on the line.
  • WR Andre Davis, who missed the Eagles game because of a sprained big toe, expects to return to the lineup after the bye week.
  • RG Kelvin Garmon, who barely managed to finish the game Sunday because of a quadriceps strain, is welcoming the bye week as a chance to heal. Garmon said he expects to be ready for next week's game against Baltimore.
  • Linebacker Barry Gardner hopes to return from a torn groin muscle after the bye, but his status is week to week.
  • Look for the Browns to sign a kick returner, possibly by re-signing Dee Brown. Brown was cut last week because the Browns were short-handed at wide receiver. But fumbles by James Jackson and Frisman Jackson on kickoff returns may hasten his return.
  • TE Steve Heiden said he expects to his sprained knee to be completely healed following the bye. Heiden has been wearing a brace, which he hopes not to have to use against the Ravens.

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