OBR Daily News & World Report: 9/20

Where in the Joe Jurevicius mystery deepens and there are flashback panic attacks...

Just last week, head coach Romeo Crennel was telling reporters that Joe Jurevicius had suffered no broken ribs following a collision in the season opener.

According to the coach, both an X-ray and MRI was negative, which means that no broken ribs were found.

Then, yesterday, the wide receiver told WKNR morning host Greg Brinda that he had broken a rib.

So, which is it, Romeo?

It's one thing to be on a different page on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, but is it so difficult to get the nature of an injury right?  Either it's broken or not.  Not much gray area there, one would think.

Why play fast and loose with the truth over one broken rib?  Or is it the truth as you know it and are simply out of the loop?

Either way, Jurevicius intimated a return sooner rather than later, telling the host he's "getting better… I'll be out there very soon." 

There's a slight chance the receiver could play against the Ravens this week, but a return the following week against the Raiders would seem more likely.


Just one day after a below-the-belt sucker punch from Kellen Winslow, the fist that is the 2006 Browns season delivered yet another shot as cornerback Daylon McCutcheon was placed on injured reserve.

Which means the cornerback will miss the remainder of the season.

Which means that, when coupled with Gary Baxter's injury, Ralph Brown will continue to see meaningful action and possibly even start as early as this week against the Ravens.

I would think that it's not a rush to judgment to state that on the positive development scale, that would not register toward the high end.


When reached for comment via e-mail, Herbert Morrison, the noted football analyst and pigskin prognosticator, had the following to say regarding the possibility of Brown seeing meaningful action and the present heading of the Browns season:

"It burst into flames! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It's fire and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my! Get out of the way, please! It's burning, bursting into flames and is falling… This is the worst of the worst catastrophes in the world! Oh, it's crashing… There's smoke, and there's flames, now… Oh, the humanity, and all the fans screaming around here!"

I told you...I can't even talk to the fans...around here. It's -- I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest, it's just laying there, a mass of smoking wreckage, and everybody can hardly breathe and talk...I, I'm sorry. Honest, I can hardly breathe. I'm going to step inside where I cannot see it. Charlie, that's terrible. I -- Listen folks, I'm going to have to stop for a minute, because I've lost my voice...This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed..."



During Sunday's loss to the Bengals, the sleeve on wide receiver Josh Cribbs' elbow contained the words "K. Wolf" as a tribute to Karen Wolf, who was one of Cribbs' professors during his time at Kent State.

The math teacher passed away earlier this year and Cribbs has decided to honor her by wearing her name on the elbow sleeve for the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately for Cribbs, the NFL fashion police will likely get involved and the receiver could face a weekly fine if he continues to take the field with Wolf's name as part of his uniform.

"I don't know how much they are going to fine me," Cribbs told the Record-Courier. "It doesn't matter. I'm going to do what I need to do to remember her. She did so much for me to show how much she cared about me, from staying after class to help me, to cutting articles out for me."

"I remember back when I worked at Kent States phone center and we had to call around and ask for donations to the school. We would get a little commission from every donation we got, and when I called her, she donated just because she knew it would help me out. She would do those kinds of little things that always meant a lot. There are a lot of good teachers out there at Kent State, but there are not many who will look out for you the way she always did."

Cribbs also told the paper that he was told by the Browns' equipment staff before the Cincinnati game that he was facing the possibility of a fine, but Cribbs decided to proceed with the tribute.


Some have questioned the wisdom of the Browns after the club plucked rookie defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo off the practice squad to take McCutcheon's spot on the roster.

"Why not add another defensive back when the position is in such disarray?" some have asked.

Well, for one, the addition of Oshinowo does not preclude them from adding a DB to the roster.  Signing another corner would simply result in the release of a player—like, say, a linebacker—to make room.

Secondly, it's not out of the ordinary to replace one roster spot with someone who plays a different position.  In fact, that very thing happened with the Eagles yesterday.

Philadelphia defensive end Jevon Kearse was placed on injured reserve and, to take his spot on the roster, the club added cornerback Dustin Fox from the practice squad.


The Browns had little or no interest in acquiring quarterback Billy Volek, who was traded yesterday from the Titans to the Chargers in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick (which would become a fifth if Volek gets 50% of the snaps the remainder of the season.).

Any attachment of Volek's name to the Browns was "a fabrication on the part of the agent or the media or both", a source told The OBR.


There are growing whispers that former Browns head coach Butch Davis will be the leading candidate to replace Houston Nutt and Larry Coker in Arkansas and Miami (Fla.), respectively, should those two programs continue to falter.  North Carolina could also be a landing spot for Davis in the next season or two.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I can feel the frustration throughout the city. We feel like we were in position to be able to compete. I don't want to be rude, but we came out the first two games and stunk it up. It's not a good feeling."—linebacker Andra Davis, on the dismal start to the season.

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