Browns-Bears: Game Notes

Fred takes a look at some of the side stories from today's game

Lost Opportunity: The Browns blew a golden opportunity when they failed to convert after a big play for the Browns occurred when was when rookie Cedric Benson fumbled on a hit by Chris Crocker and Chaun Thompson recovered the ball on the Bears' 44. Thomas Jones had been having his way with the Browns as he had 132 yards on 21 carries going into the drive. Benson, the first-round pick of the Bears (No. 4 overall) was seeing his first action of the season. Benson had five carries for 6 yards. Jones hurt his knee late in the game and did not return.

No Go: The Bears went for it on fourth-and-2 at the Browns 29 on the first possession of the second quarter and the Browns held. The Bears kicker, Doug Brien, was inactive with an injury and the Bears signed rookie K Robbie Gould for the game. Later, Gould hit a 44-yard field goal which was his first try as an NFL kicker.

No Razzle in the Dazzle: The Browns tried a little trickery as WR Frisman Jackson took a hand off and looked as though he was going to pass. However, he took off running and was sacked for a two-yard loss by LB Brian Urlacher. Jackson was a quarterback in college at Western Illinois. Dilfer was sacked on the same drive by DL Tommie Harris.

Hurry Up: The Browns started the second half on offense using the no huddle. They picked up a first down before having to punt it away.

Rare Carry: FB Terrelle Smith got a rare opportunity to carry the ball on third-and-one. He picked up four yards on a quick hitter. He also caught an 8-yard pass from Dilfer for his first reception of the season.

Taylor Made: LB Ben Taylor led the Browns in tackles with 12. He was closely followed by S Chris Crocker with 10. Crocker had a sack and a fumble recovery.

Rough Greeting: After Dilfer's second interception, the Bears scored a touchdown but had it nullified on a 15-yard penalty on OL Roberto Garza for grabbing the face mask. Alvin McKinley sacked Orton. Garza replaced Reuben Brown at left guard and he committed the penalty and gave up the sack on his first series. The Bears started inside the Browns' 10, but settled for a 44-yard field goal by Gould to tie the score at 3-3. Gould later missed a 48-yard field goal.

Bone Head Plays: The Browns committed five costly penalties within a couple minute span in the third quarter. Bryant started it off with offensive pass interference, followed by a holding penalty on L.J. Shelton. Then, Sean Jones interfered with Bobby Wade, who had signaled for a fair catch for 15 more yards. Shelton was later called for a second holding penalty that took the Browns out of field goal range. On the next play, third-and-22, left guard Joe Andruzzi was flagged for holding to make it third-and-32. Dilfer completed a 28-yard pass to Dennis Northcutt on the play that was called back.

Sack Men: The Browns had four sacks against QB Kyle Orton. They more than doubled their sack total against the Bears as they had just three in the first three games. There was none bigger than S Chris Crocker's 13-yard sack and fumble recovery with 2:43 to play. Alvin McKinley sacked Orton in the second quarter, as did rookie S Brodney Pool. The Browns had just three sacks in the first three games. LB Chaun Thompson picked up the Browns' third sack after he was held by offensive tackle John Tait.

Droughns Goes, Green Stops: Droughns had four carries for 24 yards on the first three possessions, but was replaced by RB William Green on the next series. Green had one carry for zero yards. Droughns had 46 yards in the first half and finished with 72 yards on 17 carries. Green went in after the Bears touchdown and fumbled the ball on the first snap. It was recovered by the Bears, but DE Adewale Ogunleye was flagged by being offsides.

No Stopping the Run: RB Thomas Jones rushed for 137 yards on 24 carries. Jones wasn't stopped until he injured his knee late in the game. The Browns gave up 176 yards on the ground. Edgerrin James had 108 against the Browns on Sept. 25. The Browns have given up over 100-yards to three different backs in four games. Rudi Johnson of the Bengals had 126 yards in the opener.

Wrong Edwards: The first touchdown of the game was scored by former Browns FB Marc Edwards. He caught a eight-yard pass from Orton to give the Bears a 10-6 lead with 5:29 to play in the third quarter. Edwards played for the Browns in 1999 and 2000.

Happy Returns: KR Josh Cribbs and LB Matt Stewart returned to action after injuring their knees in the season opener against the Bengals. Stewart did not start but replaced Kenard Lang at left outside linebacker in the second quarter. Cribbs returned three kickoffs for 61 yards and made a tackle on a kick return. His first return was for 20 yards. Stewart had one tackle.

Big Play Ray: CB Ray Mickens scooped up a fumble from WR Mark Bradley which led to the Browns first score of the game after CB Gary Baxter stripped the ball from Bradley. Phil Dawson kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the Browns a 3-0 lead.

First Play Shea: After missing the first three games, TE Aaron Shea started at tight end. It took Trent Dilfer no time to find Shea as the Browns went to him on the first play for six yards. Dilfer then hit Shea for 27 yards a couple of plays later. The first play, the Browns operated with no running backs as FB Terrelle Smith was wide on the right side and RB Reuben Droughns was wide on the right side. Shea had six receptions for 65 yards.

Dueling Kickers: Phil Dawson kicked field goals of 44- and 19-yards in the first half, while Bears kicker Robbie Gould kicked a 44-yarder, but missed a 48-yarder.

Scoop on Braylon: Rookie WR Braylon Edwards was inactive for the Bears game after having surgery to remove an ingrown hair in his right forearm.

"Braylon had some swelling in his elbow after practice (Saturday) and the doctor looked at it and because of the amount of swelling they cleaned it all out," Crennel said. "We anticipate he'll be in the hospital tonight. We look forward to a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back out there."

Crennel said the Browns would wait until the results from the culture are back to determine how long he might be sidelined.

Edwards had an ingrown hair and the Browns sent him to the hospital where they performed minor surgery to repair the situation. There was an infection in the area and he spent the night in the hospital.


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