Berea Report: Dicey Situation at Guard

The Browns might be forced to go with multiple backups at OG this weekend.

It's starting to look like the Browns could be in an emergency situation at guard when they play the Dolphins Sunday.

Left guard Joe Andruzzi remains doubtful. Right guard Cosey Coleman is still questionable with a sprained right MCL. Coleman was limping noticeably as he left the locker room on the way to practice Thursday.

"It's sore, but I think I'll be able to play," Coleman said. "I couldn't have played last week. The doctors told me to rest. It's feeling better now."

Mike Pucillo and Dave Yovanovits will be the guards if Andruzzi and Coleman are forced to sit. Pucillo played in the last two games but Yovanovits has not played. Pucillo would play if only one of the starters is out.

Ohio State vs. Michigan

Aaron Shea and Braylon Edwards, a pair of former Michigan Wolverines, are poking fun at Ohio State in the locker room, but former Buckeye Simon Fraser is convinced he'll get the last laugh when Ohio State and Michigan meet Saturday in Ann Arbor.

"Ohio State, 17-10," Fraser predicted when asked for a score. "Both teams are good. It should be a good game, but we'll win."

Shea and Edwards are not convinced. Shea got a poster from a bar in Michigan proclaiming Michigan as an 11-time national champion. It says Ohio State is a four-time champion. Michigan has won two Associated Press national championships and the Buckeyes won four. The poster shows Michigan leads the series 57-38-6, which is true.

"This is exhibit A," Shea said. "We're 19 games ahead of y'all. The truth hurts. Forty-two Big Ten championships to 29...Wait until we come up with Exhibit B.

"Ohio State is favored, but Coach Carr will find a way to win this game. He's a great coach. Michigan 20, Ohio State 14."

So what is the bet? If Ohio State wins, Edwards and Shea have to wear Buckeyes clothing next week. If Michigan wins Fraser has to wear Wolverines clothing.

Frye might play

Romeo Crennel said he is getting closer to playing rookie quarterback Charlie Frye in at least spot duty. He has enough faith in the backup guards to play Frye against the Dolphins.

"We still have faith in our system and the players knowing our system and having practiced in our system," Crennel said. "We would all like the best scenario possible, but the best scenario possible is not always available. Then, you have to weigh your options.

"If I lose my guards, do I not play Charlie and not get him any experience at all because the guards are down? Do I say, ‘These guards know the system, and they've been practicing and working,' and go ahead and play Charlie some? As a coach, you have to weigh those things because, frankly, it's not going to be perfect."

Alumni honored

The Browns will honor the 1954 and 1955 NFL championship teams Sunday and also induct four new members - guard Jim Ray Smith (1940s/1950s), quarterback Frank Ryan (1960s), defensive tackle Jerry Sherk (1970s) and cornerback Frank Minnifield (1980s/1990s) - into the Cleveland Browns Legends club.

A total of 19 surviving members of the 1954 and '55 teams will be part of the ceremony, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Dante Lavelli, defensive tackle Bob Gain, offensive tackle Mike McCormack and linebacker Walt Michaels.

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