Browns-Chiefs: Friday Player News

Injuries challenge the Browns defense linemen as they prepare for RB Larry Johnson and the Chiefs...

The Browns haven't won in two weeks, but their run defense has improved.

The past two weeks Pittsburgh's Willie Parker and Cincinnati's Rudi Johnson combined for 110 yards on 41 carries -- an average of 2.7 yards per carry.

That represents significant improvement. The Browns at one point in the season were giving up almost 150 yards rushing. Now they are giving up 133.5.

The change is significant because the Browns face Larry Johnson this weekend. Johnson is carrying the Chiefs offense, and he has run for at least 132 yards in five of Kansas City's past six games. In four of those games, he's topped 150 yards.

What will the Browns do with Johnson?

"We may have to throw ropes around him," coach Romeo Crennel said.


CB Leigh Bodden is again on the doubtful side of questionable with a sprained ankle. Bodden's absence was significant against Cincinnati's talented receivers, but the Browns may be able to cover for him against Kansas City.

DE Orpheus Roye will not play with a knee injury, making the team's run defense that much more vulnerable. Simon Fraser will attempt to play two gaps and help stop Chiefs RB Larry Johnson.

NT Ted Washington may have to play more than his usual 25 snaps now that backup Ethan Kelley is out for the season. This also weakens the team's run defense as it tries to stop Chiefs RB Larry Johnson.

TE Kellen Winslow will be motivated as he faces the tight end he considers the best in the league -- Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez. Winslow said he has great respect for Gonzalez, a player Winslow said reminds him of his Hall of Fame father.

RB Reuben Droughns may regain his spot as the Browns' prime running back. Droughns shared time with Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison last Sunday and things did not go well.

WR Braylon Edwards said his best weapon to combat negativity from his sideline blowup last weekend is to play well and play hard. If he follows through, that resolve could put him in position for a good game.

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