Berea Report: Romeo Clears Air with K2

The Browns head coach says that he sat down and talked with the Browns TE and that everything is now hunky-dory. Plus updates on injuries, which occasionally seem to hit Cleveland Browns players, if by "occasionally" one means "about six times a week".

Berea—It was a safe bet that Kellen Winslow would get a call to the principal's office—i.e. Romeo Crennel's office after his comments to the media Monday.

"Winslow and I have sat down and spoken about his comments," Crennel said. "We agreed the best thing is to go out and do what ever we can to beat Baltimore and that's all we'll say about that."

Crennel said he was most upset that Winslow talked to the media before coming to him.

"The fact that he would voice his displeasure to the media before he spoke to me (is what upset him most)," Crennel said. "He told me the concerns he had and we'll see.

"I was disappointed that he didn't come to me because I'm the head coach and the guy who calls the shots."

Crennel is in a catch-22 situation because if Winslow gets the ball more and is on the field on third down, it appears Winslow is calling the shots.

Crennel disagreed.

"If he is more involved and makes the plays--that's a good thing," he said.

Crennel said Winslow is not in the dog house.

"He's still young," Crennel said. "He's excited and volatile and he wants to do well. Every guy on the offense wants the ball.

"His claims are his opinion," he said. "Players play and coaches coach. He understood what I said and we have a mutual agreement. He said he made a mistake (in speaking to the media first).

Teammate Charlie Frye wants to support the coaches and his friend.

"I support the coaches and if the game plan calls for Kellen on the field, then I support that," Frye said. "If it doesn't, I support that."

By the same token, Frye admitted he would like to have Winslow on the field.

"He's a playmaker," Frye said. "That's the way he is on the field when he plays. He wants the ball all the time, but we do have other playmakers, as well."

Crennel deflected any blame that was directed at offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon.

"You can never say it's one person's fault," Crennel said. "This is a team game and it involves a lot of people. To say it is one guy's fault just isn't true. Since I am the head coach, the buck always stop with me."

Notebook

Perkins, Brown Move Up: With CB Daylon McCutcheon being placed on injured reserve and CB Gary Baxter doubtful for this week's game with a pectoral strain, the Browns must turn to Ralph Brown and Antonio Perkins to fill in.

"Perkins has been nicked up a little bit and if Baxter can't play he might play in his place," Crennel said.

The defensive backfield has been precarious through the preseason and through the first two games and if Baxter cannot play, the Browns will go into Sunday's game with the Ravens with just four healthy cornerbacks on the current roster: Leigh Bodden, Perkins, Brown and Daven Holly.

"Before I came to the Browns, I was looking for a place I could be used," Brown said. "I didn't want to just be an extra body."

Crennel explained why McCutcheon was shelved, rather than wait to see if he'd be ready in the next few weeks.

"We did the scope on (Daylon's) knee so he could play this year," Crennel said. "He's not where we wanted it to be or where he wanted it to be. We felt it was better for the team, to have another player so we decided to put him on IR and activate (Babatunde) Oshinowo.

Crennel said there's a possibility that McCutcheon will need more surgery on his knee.

Crennel did say the Browns might add another cornerback. Therrian Fontenot and rookie Jereme Perry are on the practice squad. Another possibility is Ray Mickens, who was with the Browns last season and is currently not on an NFL team.

Injury Update: The Browns have several surprises on their injury report: DL Nick Eason (ankle) is out. CB Gary Baxter (pectoral), DL Orpheus Roye (shoulder) and TE Darnell Dinkins (hamstring), WR Joe Jurevicius (ribs) are doubtful, RB Reuben Droughns (shoulder) is questionable, as is LB Willie McGinest (calf) and S Brian Russell (elbow).

With the uncertainties on the defensive line, second year lineman Simon Fraser says he has to step up.

"The guys behind (Roye) have to step up and take control and do the job," Fraser said.

Crennel knows the injuries will challenge his already depleted defense.

"This is a big challenge for us, but we're in this game to step up for big challenges."


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