Browns-Bears: Game Notes

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

Some jottings from this reporter's notebook during the Browns 20-7 loss to the Bears...

Tucker Back: RT Ryan Tucker started and played the first two offensive series. Tucker was hoping to get a little action in the game to help him start to get his timing back.

Wimbley Impresses: LB Kamerion Wimbley had back-to-back nice plays late in the first quarter in pressuring QB Brian Griese into hurries. On the first play, he hit Griese after an inside move as he was releasing the ball. On the second play, he came quickly off the edge and hurried the throw.

Thompson Big Play: LB Chaun Thompson recovered a fumble caused by S Justin Hamilton in the second quarter. Thompson is in a battle with D'Qwell Jackson for the starting inside linebacker spot opposite of Andra Davis. Jackson led the Browns with 7 tackles. Thompson picked up a personal foul on a late hit on the quarterback in the fourth quarter. Later in the drive, Thompson made a stop for a loss near the goal line. Hamilton led the team in tackles with nine.

Sorry Charlie: The first team offense with QB Charlie Frye did very little. Frye played two series and was 1-of-4 for 8 yards with a QB rating of 39.6. On the third series, QB Derek Anderson took over with the rest of the starters minus Ryan Tucker at RT and RB Reuben Droughns. RB Jason Wright and RB Jerome Harrison were in for Droughns and Nat Dorsey was in for Ryan Tucker.

Big Mistake: Trying to make a big play on a punt, rookie WR Travis Wilson clipped the foot of P Joel Stelly resulting in a roughing the kicker penalty and allowing the Bears to keep the ball and run out the clock.

Time for Lennie: C Lennie Friedman made his debut with the Browns against his former team. Friedman came in the second offensive series for Ross Tucker and the pair rotated series

Easy Eason: DL Nick Eason broke through the line and sacked QB Kyle Orton for the Browns first sack.

The Friz: WR Frisman Jackson caught four passes for 40 yards, including a touchdown to lead the Browns receivers.

No William and Lee: RBs Lee Suggs and William Green were virtually invisible in the final preseason game. Green was inactive and Suggs played only on special teams until he was inserted into the backfield with 5:34 to play. He had no carries.

Dorsey is Three: QB Ken Dorsey was the third quarterback to play in the game for the Browns after Frye and Anderson. Dorsey was 2–of-8 for 18 yards.

The Wright Stuff: RB Jason Wright had n 18-yard run on his first attempt. Wright was making a final bid to make the team. He played along with FB Corey McIntyre a good bit of the first quarter and virtually all of the second and third quarters. Droughns had two carries for minus one yard. Wright finished with seven carries for 32 yards.

Injury Update: On the positive side it appeared the Browns avoided any serious injuries to their projected starters. The only injury known was DB Daven Holly, who sprained his right knee.

Picking Up the Pace: DB Andrew Pace intercepted a deflected pass from QB Kyle Orton. Pace is an undrafted rookie free agent from Vanderbilt.

Inactives: Held out of the game were: CB Gary Baxter, S Brian Russell, CB Leigh Bodden, CB Antonio Perkins, RB Williams Green, CB Daylon McCutcheon, LB Clifton Smith, LB Mason Unck and OL Isaac Sowell. Ryan Tucker started at RT for Kirk Chambers, while Daven Holly started in place of Bodden. Brodney Pool started at SS for Sean Jones, while Jones started at FS for Russell.

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