Fred Greetham's Camp Notebook: 8/23

Fred provides an update on the team's injury situation and the QB plans for Saturday. Plus, Jim Brown talks about Gene Hickerson making it into the Hall of Fame...

From Fred Greetham's Camp Notebook:

Injury Update: Only CB Gary Baxter (pectoral), Daylon McCutcheon (knee) and OL Isaac Sowells (ankle) were on the stationary bicycle.

"We had fewer people on the bikes and that is a good sign," Crennel said.

OL Ryan Tucker was doing some work in the individual drills.

Decision Time: The Browns have to cut down to 73 by next Tuesday. He said his plans are to play QB Charlie Frye into the second half.

"We're looking to play Charlie into the third quarter," Crennel said. "I would like to see some of (Derek) Anderson and (Ken) Dorsey. A lot of it depends on how it goes and what the situation is."

There are other starting positions still up for grabs. Beside the backup quarterback position, the inside linebacker spot and the strong safety position. D'Qwell Jackson and Chaun Thompson are fighting for the inside linebacker spot and Sean Jones and Brodney Pool are battling at safety.

Crennel said Saturday's game with the Bills is important in determining some of the decisions that have to be made.

"We have a battle at quarterback that we have to make a decision on," he said. "We have a battle at inside linebacker and at safety that we have to make decisions on."

Hickerson a HOF Finalist: Former Browns great OL Gene Hickerson is one of the 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jim Brown says it's about time. The voting will not take place until the Super Bowl.

"He deserves it," Brown said. "He was the best blocker on the offensive line that produced three Hall of Famers."

He was referring to himself, Leroy Kelly and Bobby Mitchell.

Hickerson was one of two players nominated by the senior committee.

"We had the best down field line blocking in the history of football," Brown boasted. "It was led by Gene Hickerson, so he should naturally be in the Hall of Fame."

Brown says Hickerson should be more than just a finalist.

"He was a pulling guard with speed," Brown said. "That's why we had a high average in running the ball. It's great that he's a finalist, but I hope he makes it."


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