K Phil Dawson was named the AFC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for hitting three field goals in the Browns 9-7 win over the Raiders last Sunday.
Dawson is 25-of-27 on field goal attempts and has scored 92 points to lead the Browns in scoring. The 25 field goals made is a single-season career-best for Dawson with two games left to play. He is just eight points shy of matching his career-high of 100 points in both the 2002 and 2004 seasons.
"He's been a very consistent kicker throughout his career," Crennel said. "The fact he was able to kick the game-winner under the circumstances was big."
Dawson is the Browns career leader in field goal accuracy and ranks second in NFL history with a 83.6 percent (133-of-159). Dawson won the same award on Sept. 30, 2001.
"Those honors are for other people to decide," Dawson said. "I'm very thankful for the awards and honored by it, but I'm trying to concentrate on helping the team win these next two games. After the season, it will be nice to reflect on it."
Dawson is the sixth Browns player to be honored this year with the others being: QB Trent Dilfer (Offensive, 9/21/05); P Kyle Richardson (Special Teams, 11/9/05); LB Andra Davis (Defensive, 11/23/05); RB Reuben Droughns (FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week); QB Charlie Frye (Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, 12/8/05).
No Pro Bowl: The NFL is supposed to announce the Pro Bowl selections Wednesday afternoon and Crennel said he had no indications if any Browns made it. As it turns out, no Browns were named to the team. According to the NFL, here are the players who were named:
WR: Chris Chambers, Marvin Harrison, Chad Johnson, Rod Smith
OT: Willie Anderson, Jonathan Ogden, Willie Roaf
OG: Alan Faneca, Will Shields, Brian Waters
C: Jeff Hartings, Jeff Saturday
TE: Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez
QB: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer
RB: Edgerrin James, Larry Johnson, LaDainian Tomlinson
FB: Lorenzo Neal
DE: Derrick Burgess, Dwight Freeney, Jason Taylor
DT: Richard Seymour, Marcus Stroud, Jamal Williams
OLB: Cato June, Joey Porter, Shawne Merriman
ILB: Zach Thomas, Al Wilson
CB: Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Deltha O'Nea
S: Troy Polamalu, John Lynch, Bob Sanders
ST: Brian Moorman, Shayne Graham, Jerome Mathis, Hanik Milligan
New Guy: The Browns added OL Dwayne Ledford to the roster to replace C Jeff Faine, who was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Ledford was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers in 1999 out of East Carolina.
Ledford, (6-4, 300 pounds) has played in nine games in his NFL career, including one start in 2003 with San Francisco. He was with the 49ers and the Saints in 2004 and 2005, but did not play. He was waived by the Saints at the end of the 2005 training camp.
"He has played in an NFL game and we added him to give us some depth at center," Crennel said. "Mike Pucillo will go in and start."
Pucillo will be starting at his third position on the offensive line this season. He has previously started two games at left guard and two games at right guard this year.
"He has some versatility and has held his own at each position," Crennel said. "Sometimes, he's battled some pretty tough defenders and has held his own."
Wright Stuff: RB Jason Wright was re-signed to the Browns practice squad after being released Dec. 16 when the Browns added TE Paul Irons to the active roster. Wright played in three games this season and had 27 yards on 11 carries, including one touchdown. He also has three receptions for 15 yards.
Faine Surgery: C Jeff Faine underwent successful surgery to repair a torn biceps according to Crennel.
"Faine's surgery went well," Crennel said. "It will take a couple of days to let it settle down before he does much and begins his rehab."
Crennel said it takes about four months to recover from this surgery.
"He should be back and be a productive member of the team."
Injury Update: Crennel said although a couple players probably won't practice today, he said all banged up players should play Saturday against the Steelers. He mentioned QB Charlie Frye (knee, ribs), TE Aaron Shea (calf), CB Ray Mickens (groin), CB Antonio Perkins (wrist), TE Steve Heiden (ankle) and DL Orpheus Roye (knee).
"Frye's a little banged up, but he will practice," Crennel said. "Heiden and Roye might rest, but should play."