John Taylor's Inside Word

Get the latest inside word on the injury to Joe Jurevicius, plus the real scoop on the latest rumors involving WR Charles Rogers and QB Billy Volek. Exclusively for OBR subscribers!

What we're hearing...

---A Browns source has told The OBR that it is premature to label Joe Jurevicius' injury as one that will keep him out for an extended period of time. 

Published reports in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's embarrassing loss had the veteran missing anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

While that time frame is possible, the source said, it's hardly set in stone.  X-rays and an MRI revealed no broken ribs, although the area is severely bruised.

The extent of the injury, though, will definitely keep him out for this Sunday's game against the Bengals.  Josh Cribbs is expected to take over for Jurevicius as the third receiver.  Third-round pick Travis Wilson, who was on the inactive list last Sunday, will likely see playing time as well.

There is a possibility that Jurevicius could return for Game 3 against the Ravens.  However, that won't be determined until the middle of next week at the earliest.  The source added that they would be "very surprised" if Jurevicius was unable to take the field the following week against the Raiders should he miss the Baltimore game.

Jurevicius injured his ribs on a third-down catch.  The first-down reception was quickly wiped out by a penalty on guard Cosey Coleman.

---Speaking of Jurevicius, the Seahawks are feeling his loss following the receiver's departure from Seattle.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson, the club's big-ticket free-agent acquisition this past off-season, has struggled to adapt to Seattle's complex offensive system.


A league source tells The OBR that, while the Seahawks realized they were up against a hometown team with enormous cap space, the club should have made a more determined effort to retain a player who was responsible for a healthy portion of the club's red zone and third-down success.

That point was driven home Sunday as the Seahawks failed to score a touchdown in four red zone opportunities during their 9-6 win over the Lions.

The loss of Jurevicius and the struggles of Burleson forced the Seahawks hand and pushed them into a trade with the Patriots for hold-out WR Deion Branch.

---Even with the loss of Jurevicius, you can forget about the Browns having any interest in Charles Rogers.  The Browns have held minimal discussions regarding the receiver and whether to bring him in for a workout.

Rogers, the former second-overall pick of the 2003 draft released by the Lions in the final round of cuts, is being pursued heavily by the Dolphins.

---The oft-repeated rumors of a Billy Volek trade to the Browns could be coming to an end in the very near future, a league source has told The OBR.

According to the source, the Chargers "are aggressively pursuing" a trade for Volek and should have a deal in place with the Titans at some point in the next week to ten days.

The delay in consummating a trade involves compensation on the part of the Titans.  Tennessee is believed to be looking for a first-day draft pick, while the Chargers, as of now, are willing to go no higher than a fourth-rounder.

---The Browns entertained at least five players at their Berea complex earlier in the week, including the previously reported visit of quarterback Shaun King.

King was not offered a contract before leaving town, and will be placed on the team's emergency QB contact list.  The Tulane product was the third QB to audition since the end of the pre-season, joining Mike McMahon and Dave Ragone.

In addition to King, the Browns held tryouts for defensive backs Michael Hawkins (Oklahoma), Jason Horton (North Carolina A&T) and Chidi Iwuoma (California), and linebacker Kenneth Pettway (Grambling).

---Fullback Corey McIntyre, cut by the Browns nearly two weeks ago, has signed a one-year deal with the Saints, The OBR has learned.  The Steelers, Lions and Chiefs also showed a varying amount of interest in the veteran… Former Browns wide receiver Frisman Jackson worked out for the Chiefs late last week and for the Jets earlier this week.  The four-year veteran, released by Cleveland during the final round of cuts, left both places without a contract offer.  A source close to Jackson has informed The OBR that the Browns have made no contact with him or his agent since the injury to Jurevicius… In other ex-Browns WR news, Quincy Morgan is drawing interest from the Vikings and could sign with the club in the coming days, while Brandon Rideau worked out for the Panthers earlier this week… Ex-Browns and Ohio State tight end Darnell Sanders visited with the Broncos on Monday… Guard Dave Yovanovits, linebacker Nick Speegle and offensive tackle Jonathan Dunn received workouts with the Texans, 49ers and Ravens, respectively.

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