"Mickens is probably at the top of our short list," Crennel said. "With our situation, he should be. He's been in the league eight or nine years. He knows us and we know him, but we'll have to call him and see what his status is."
Mickens was released by the Jets after they signed CB Ty Law.
Interceptions Galore: The defense picked off four passes during team drills. CB Gary Baxter had one as did S Michael Jameson, S Michael Grant and LB Orlando Ruff…WR Braylon Edwards ran a reverse for 10-12 yards and had a nice catch on a throw over the middle…QB Trent Dilfer hit WR Antonio Bryant for a nice 30-yard gain and also hit TE Aaron Shea on a nice play.
Johnson Arm Dead: Backup QB Doug Johnson has missed the last two days of practice with what he described as a ‘dead' arm. He said he has experienced that before and all he can do is rest it. Crennel said he had a sore shoulder and most likely won't play against Detroit.
"If he doesn't practice, he won't play," Crennel said.
Crennel said Dilfer would probably play into the second quarter and then Charlie Frye would follow him.
Injury Update: C Jeff Faine was back at practice. CB Daylon McCutcheon did not practice due to seeing a specialist, but Crennel said he hasn't suffered a setback. S Brodney Pool (concussion) will not play aganst Detroit. Lehan did not practice and was replaced by Leigh Bodden with the first unit.
"I've been making some plays out there," he said. "I hope to continue to do that and become a starter in this league for the next six or seven years."
New Announcer: The Browns are adding Sam Rosen to their broadcasts for the WOIO-19 broadcast team. Rosen is a veteran announcer who will join Bob Golic, Brian Brennan and other former players on the telecasts.
"We're changing everything," team president John Collins said. "That's the nature of the business, to try and get better."