Berea Report: Dilfer Garners AFC Honors

Here's the first report from today's practice in Berea, where Trent Dilfer was informed that he had received AFC Player of the Week honors. Plus notes on injuries and Romeo Crennel's history of success against the Colts...

Browns quarterback Trent Dilfer was named the AFC Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his performance in the Browns 26-24 win over the Packers last Sunday. He was 21-of-32 for 336 yards, including three touchdowns and a 131.8 QB rating. Dilfer is currently the fifth ranked quarterback in the NFL with a 95.1 rating.

"It's a nice honor, but it's just one week," Dilfer said. "It's a team effort and it's a complement to the team. It was probably less of me and more of everyone else. The offensive line has done a great job and the players have done a nice job.

"The teams that have been successful in professional sports recently have had an overall team power and not a star power," Dilfer said. "With the exception of Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens, the teams that have won have not been about individuals.

"That's what we're trying to do here."

Dilfer had a 80-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards and a 62-yard score to Steve Heiden, as well as a one-yard pass to Heiden earlier in the game.

Thus far in the season, Dilfer is 47-of-75 for 614 yards (62.7 pct.), with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He has not been sacked through two games.

"He's a proven NFL quarterback," Romeo Crennel said. "He's experienced and has been able to run our game plan."

Dilfer's teammates like his team-first mentality.

"He's a team player," Joe Andruzzi said. "He's trying to do what is best for the team. He's not caught up in his personal statistics."

Dilfer has thrown the ball 75 times in his first two games with the Browns—probably more than most fans would have figured.

"I don't go into a game and try to guess how many times we're going to throw," Dilfer said. "I really don't care how many times we throw as long as we're effective doing it. That's the approach I've always taken."

Dilfer is the 15th player since 1999 to be an Award Winners for the Browns. The last Award Winner was Kenard Lang, who was AFC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 12, 2004.

Injury Update: For the Browns, Crennel mentioned eight players on the injury report with two out and six questionable. CB Leigh Bodden (groin), FB Corey McIntyre (hamstring), DL Orpheus Roye (leg), TE Aaron Shea (pectoral), RB Lee Suggs (ankle) and LB Mason Unck (groin) are questionable. KR Josh Cribbs (knee) and LB Matt Stewart (knee) are out.

"We'll take a look at each player in practice and make a determination for this week's game," Crennel said.

Romeo's Not Playing: Crennel opened his press conference talking about the success his New England Patriots defense had against Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense. Before he could be questioned, Crennel had this to say.

"I've heard people talk about some of the success I've had against the Colts," he said. "I looked at the tapes of the games and I didn't play in one game. These players are playing the game, not me. I just try to give them the best plan we can give them and go out and perform to their best."

The comment drew laughs from the media present.

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