Browns-Colts: Personnel Notes

Updates on players heading up to Sunday's 1PM game

Cleveland Browns

RB Lee Suggs said he's recovered from his ankle sprain and could play Sunday in Indianapolis. Suggs would not demand to play, and said the decision is Romeo Crennnel's. It appears at the least that Suggs could return kickoffs.

QB Trent Dilfer will try to do something no Browns quarterback has done since 1980. If he tops 300 yards, he'll be the first Browns QB to have back-to-back 300-yard games since Brian Sipe.

TE Aaron Shea has practiced some during the week, but figures to again be inactive with a shoulder muscle strain. That will give most of the time - and catches - to Steve Heiden.

DE Orpheus Roye has been on the injury list all week with a sore right knee, but it would be a surprise if Roye does not play against the Colts. Roye had a stellar game in Green Bay after being listed as questionable with the same hyperextended knee.

CBs Daylon McCutcheon and Gary Baxter probably won't play a lot of man this week. Romeo Crennel's New England defense confused Peyton Manning in the past with a lot of combination zones, so look for Crennel to follow the same formula in Cleveland.

LB Ben Taylor said the Browns defensive adjustments will be the key to the game. He said adjusting on the move and as plays progress will be vital. "You don't want to outsmart Peyton Manning," Taylor said.

Indianapolis Colts

WR Marvin Harrison was added to the Colts' injury list Thursday. Harrison injured his wrist during the latter stages of Wednesday's practice and did not take part in Thursday's workout. He is still expected to play this week against Cleveland.

WR Reggie Wayne dislocated a finger in practice Thursday but is expected to start against the Browns on Sunday. Wayne participated in all of the team's drills Thursday.

G Jake Scott practiced Wednesday and Thursday. Scott, who suffered a sprained foot in last week's win over Jacksonville, was in a walking boot for a couple of days earlier in the week.

DE Jonathan Welsh is expected to see his first playing time since he suffered a sprained knee in the preseason opener with Atlanta. Welsh returned to practice this week.

DE Josh Thomas should be able to play against the Browns. Thomas sat out the Jacksonville game with a sore knee.

TE Ben Utecht did not practice Wednesday or Thursday and is not expected to play this week. Utecht suffered bruised ribs in last week's game.

RB Dominic Rhodes has not practiced this week and probably won't be available for the Cleveland game. Rhodes is recovering from a bruised left shoulder.

FB James Mungro will not play against the Browns. Mungro incurred a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the win over the Jaguars last week. He is expected to be sidelined for at least another week.

S Joseph Jefferson remains sidelined with a turf toe injury. Jefferson may return for light work in practice next week.

LB Gilbert Gardner will be out for another couple of weeks Gardner is recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in the Colts' final preseason game.

DT Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns continues to rehabilitate a sprained right knee. Burns was injured in the Colts' preseason opener with Atlanta.

The OBR Top Stories