Berea Notes: 10/4

Here is the latest update on what our people in Berea have seen today, including the status of Leigh Bodden, the mystery of the missing Wilson, and more...

Notes from Wednesday's activities in Berea:

BODDEN IN A BOOT: Cornerback Leigh Bodden watched practice Wednesday because he is wearing a walking boot on his sprained right ankle. He is still hopeful of playing against the Panthers Sunday. He entered the locker room just as it was time for the media to leave. Asked how he feels he flashed a "thumbs up" sign.

Gary Baxter was in full pads for practice, but he remains questionable on the injury report with a pectoral injury.


CRIBBS SHARES AWARD: Joshua Cribbs was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the NFL for kick returns of 65 and 53 yards in the Browns 24-21 victory over Oakland last Sunday.

Cribbs set up a field goal by Phil Dawson with his first return and a touchdown pass to Darnell Dinkins on his second return.

"I share this award with the blockers and the scheme and the coaches and want them to know how much I appreciate their effort," Cribbs said in the locker room Wednesday. "Teams are going to be gunning for me to shut me down. I have to work even harder to get more yards and break one again."

Cribbs has returned 14 kicks for 389 yards, a 27.8 average.


FRYE PAYS OFF: Charlie Frye, former University of Akron quarterback, wore a Kent State T-shirt in the locker room Wednesday to pay off a bet he made with Cribbs, a Kent State product. Kent beat Akron 37-15 in a game last Saturday.

Originally Frye was supposed to wear Cribbs' Kent State jersey, but Cribbs was content seeing Frye in the T-shirt with the message "Kent State Cut 'em down" on the front and "Stack 'em up" on the back of the shirt.


FASTER START SOUGHT: The goal in practice this week is to get off to a faster start in games, Coach Romeo Crennel said. The Browns have been outscored 27-3 in the first quarter.

Players did not have an explanation for the slow starts, but they agreed it has to change.

"We can't dig ourselves a hole like that," Frye said. "If we don't dig that hole and can stay on ground level we'll have a better chance to win."


NO ROOM FOR WILSON: Crennel had a simple explanation for why rookie receiver Travis Wilson does not get more playing time; in Crennel's eyes the players being used are better.

"I've got a couple other guys who are pretty good players," Crennel said. "To get him on the field I have to take somebody else off."

Crennel said Cribbs gives the Browns a better chance to win. When Cribbs and Wilson dressed Cribbs lined up as the third receiver.


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