The battered Browns offensive line, reeling from the loss of three starters during the first two weeks of camp, will factor heavily into how long Charlie Frye goes against the Eagles tonight.
"A depleted line, if they are holding up, (Frye) might go ahead and play the assigned time," head coach Romeo Crennel said. "If they're not doing as well, then we might pull him a little bit early."
Frye is expected to play only one quarter to begin with.
The play of the line—particularly the center position—will also play a key role in whether general manager Phil Savage ramps up efforts to obtain another lineman.
Ross Tucker, acquired in a trade with the Patriots on Thursday, is not coming here with the idea of being a backup. He's in Cleveland with his eye on one thing: the top spot on the depth chart.
"Ross is sad to leave but knows he was fighting for an eighth, ninth, or 10th roster spot," Tucker's agent, Joe Linta, told the Boston Globe. "Tomorrow, he's competing for the starting center job with the Browns."
New England received a conditional seventh-round draft pick for veteran offensive lineman.
Forget about the notion of Joe Andruzzi moving over to the center position for any length of time. Barring an in-game calamity—which seems likely given the events of this summer—the veteran offensive lineman will remain at the guard position.
"He could probably go in and finish the game, but that would potentially weaken us in two spots because he's pretty good where he is," Crennel said.
"Joe has been a guard for most of his career. He would do the best he could, but would probably do better at guard."
According to Jeff Schudel of the Lake County News Herald / Lorain Morning Journal, Wimbley is expected to play the second and third quarters, and could also see time in the first quarter in passing situations.
Matt Stewart has been the starter ahead of Wimbley at strong outside linebacker since the start of camp, but the Florida State product is expected, at some point this season, to take over the starting spot.
For the record, we are going on three days and five messages left for Bob Hallen's agent, Cliff Brady, seeking an explanation for his client's abrupt departure from the Browns.
Just a piece of advice for Mr. Brady: the longer you and your client ignore the media, the more potential for unfounded rumors to gain strength and grab a spot in the truth center of fan's brains.
You can count Carmen Policy as one who applauded the recent naming of Roger Goodell as the replacement for outgoing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
While the selection of Goodell was expected, the former president of the Browns applauded the owners for going with the logical choice.
"The owners knew what was best for them, and ultimately they did the smart thing," Policy told the Los Angeles Times. "It was so obvious that Roger was the right person in the right place at the right time."
Policy also believes that Goodell could be just the person to return football to Los Angeles.
"He understands the Los Angeles dilemma perhaps even better than Paul Tagliabue," Policy said. "As much as Paul was intellectually and strategically in favor of developing the L.A. market, Roger was there on a hands-on, day-to-day basis. In my opinion, he'll have that very high on his list of priorities."
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Some days are better than others. Some days it's 100 percent, some days not."—tight
end Kellen Winslow Jr., on his ongoing recovery from knee surgery.
QUOTE OF THE DAY, THE SEQUEL: "There were games when the other team couldn't cover him at all. He would beat his man every time. Unfortunately, we didn't have a system that could isolate him and make use of his talents."—former Browns and current 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer, taking a shot at offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon for his inability to properly utilize current teammate and former Browns wide receiver Antonio Bryant.
QUOTE OF THE DAY, ONE MORE TIME: "The season goes on. Guys get hurt. It's up to the next guy. Not only he has to step up, others have to step up. It's early. There's still some time to come together."— guard Joe Andruzzi, on the injuries to the battered offensive line.