Browns - Saints: Reporter's Notebook

The Browns may not have gotten off to a good start, but the OBR's Fred Greetham was hard at work all game. Here are some of side stories from today's game from his notebook...

Here are some scribbles in the Notebook during today's opening game loss to the Saints.

Big Penalties: The Browns had three penalties that hurt them badly in the first quarter. In total, they lost a net 144 yards. Due to the penalties the Browns had nine total yards after the first quarter. A 74-yard touchdown from QB Charlie Frye to WR Braylon Edwards was called back on a holding call on OT Kevin Shaffer. Then, rookie LB D'Qwell Jackson was called for illegally being downfield on a punt. Rather than having the ball on the Saints' 15, the Saints took over on the Browns' 45 after the re-punt for a net difference of 40 yards. On fourth-and-one, OL Cosey Coleman was called for holding and instead of having a first down on the Saints' 25, the Browns had to punt the ball from their own 45 for a net loss of 30 yards.

Rookie on Rookie: No. 1 pick Kamerion Wimbley met up with fellow No. 1 pick Reggie Bush in the fourth quarter and dropped him for a seven-yard loss.

Challenging: The Saints challenged a ruling on the field with 8:18 to play as RB Deuce McAllister fumbled the ball as he was hit by S Brian Russell and Sean Jones recovered at the Saints' 38. It was not turned over.

Men In the Middle: The two inside linebackers led the Browns in tackles. Andra Davis had 9 and D'Qwell Jackson had 7.

No O: The Browns had no first downs in the first quarter and didn't pick up their first first down until 2:25 to play in the second quarter on 14 yard run by RB Jerome Harrison. However, the Browns best chance for a score was fumbled away when Frye and Harrison lost the exchange.

Bad Omen: On the game's first play, QB Charlie Frye hit a wide open Braylon Edwards for an 80-yard touchdown, but LT Kevin Shaffer was called for holding. Frye was sacked by former Ohio State DL Will Smith and on the next play he was sacked by DL Brian Young. After the penalty, Frye started with two sacks and no completions. Later in the quarter, the Browns completed a first down to WR Joe Jurevicius, but OL Cosey Coleman was called for holding.

Big Play Sean: S Sean Jones stepped in front of WR Terrance Copper and intercepted QB Drew Brees and returned the pass 10 yards. It was Jones' first career interception. Later, Jones recovered a fumble.

K2: TE Kellen Winslow's first pass reception in nearly two years was for two yards. He ended up leading the Browns with eight receptions for 63 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.

Braylon Starts: Capping an amazing comeback from a torn ACL, WR Braylon Edwards started in the opener just eight months after his surgery. He started in place of WR Joe Jurevicius and caught an 74-yard touchdown pass from Frye for a score that was called back by a penalty. He had two receptions for 23 yards, but should've caught the ball that was intercepted by Bullocks to end the Browns hopes. Also, C Hank Fraley, who was just acquired a week ago started at center in place of Lennie Friedman. The other inactives for the Browns were: RB Jason Wright, CB Daylon McCutcheon, OL Isaac Sowells, OL Kelly Butler, WR Travis Wilson, LB David McMillan and DL Jovan Haye. QB Ken Dorsey was the third quarterback behind Derek Anderson.

Russell, Baxter Back: S Brian Russell started after being listed as doubtful during the week. CB Gary Baxter returned to the lineup after missing most of the preseason. Heisman Watch: Former Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush caught a pass for 11 yards on his first touch from scrimmage. His first carry from scrimmage resulted in a one-yard gain.

Where's the Rush: The Browns priority in the off-season was to improve their pass rush, yet they had no sacks and put very little pressure on QB Drew Brees. DL Orpheus Roye batted down the first pass of the game by QB Drew Brees. On the other hand, the Browns gave up five sacks.

Honorary Browns: The Browns honored two players from each decade in the pregame ceremonies. From the 1940's: Bill Willis and Bill Lund; 50's: Bob Gain and Bobby Mitchell; 60's: Jim Brown and Gary Collins; 70's; Greg Pruitt and Don Cockroft; 80's: Webster Slaughter and Kevin Mack; 90's: Michael Dean Perry and Leroy Hoard. Injured CB Daylon McCutcheon was the representative for the current team.

Injury Update: TE Darnell Dinkins injured his left hamstring and he didn't return nor did WR Joe Jurevicius, who injured his ribs.. DL Nick Eason was carted off the field. For the Saints, both fullbacks were injured and didn't return. Mike Karney and Keith Joseph.

Faine Returns: Former Browns No. 1 draft choice Jeff Faine started for the Saints. He was also a captain. Also, on the Saints were former Browns TE Mark Campbell and QB Jamie Martin.

Singing Lee: Performing artist Lee Greenwood sang the national anthem and "God Bless the USA."

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