Jameson Making Big Plays

Fred Greetham reports from Monday's practice in Berea, where five-year veteran Michael Jameson talked about what might be his toughest fight ever for a roster spot. Also: Updates on the Browns walking wounded, including Doug Johnson and Brodney Pool...

BEREA – Michael Jameson is a man on a mission.

The fifth-year defensive back is trying to show the coaches he should make the final roster. His 49-yard fumble return for a touchdown to end the game last Saturday against Detroit was a big play, but his tackle and forced fumble a series earlier set up the Browns winning touchdown drive.

Jameson stripped the Lions' Howard Jackson of the ball and Sherrod Coates recovered the ball on the Browns' 48 with 3:13 to play. From there, the Browns marched 52 yards for the winning touchdown.

Jameson finished with two tackles, one interception, one pass defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His interception was with 54 seconds to play in the game on a pass by Dan Orlovsky. All in all, Jameson had the trifecta as he had a hand in stopping the Lions on their final three possessions.

"I was just executing the defense," Jameson said. "I knew we (as a defense) had to get off the field. I was in the position I was supposed to be in and made the plays."

Jameson has primarily been a special teams player for the Browns since being a sixth-round draft choice in 2001. He's played in 42 games for the Browns with just one start. He has 28 career tackles, including one sack, one interception and two passes broken up. He also has 28 special teams tackles.

Jameson was listed as the third-team safety behind Brian Russell, Sean Jones, Chris Crocker and Brodney Pool. However, Pool has been slowed with a concussion suffered in the preseason opener against the Giants.

"I've been a big contributor on the special teams in the past and will continue to do what's asked of me," he said. "I just want to be a guy who makes plays."

Jameson has been a survivor as he's the only player who was drafted in 2001 still with the team.

"It's different to be the only one left," he said. "I don't know how that's happened other than I'm just trying to work hard and play hard every time I'm out there."

WALKING WOUNDED: QB Doug Johnson was back at practice, as was DB Brodney Pool. Riding the stationary bicycle were: RB Lee Suggs (ankle), LS Ryan Pontbriand (back), CB Michael Lehan (hamstring) and OL John Dunn (foot). CB Daylon McCutcheon (headaches) was on the field in individual drills. CB Gary Baxter (concussion) was not on the practice field. 

Johnson said his arm feels fine and he's ready to play against Carolina.

"My arm feels great," Johnson said. "I'm back in the swing of things and ready to go."

Pool said he learned from his first play injury when he suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff against the Giants.

"I laughed about it," Pool said. "The guys have been giving me a hard time. I don't want to do that again."

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