Berea Report: Now, It's D'Qwell's Turn

The rookie linebacker is the latest injured player on Cleveland's most famous M*A*S*H unit...

Things keep getting worse for the Browns.

Coach Romeo Crennel on Thursday announced starting inside linebacker D'Qwell had surgery in the morning to repair a turf toe injury suffered last Thursday in Heinz Field. Jackson has been ruled out of the game Sunday in Baltimore and is probably headed to injured reserve for the final two games.

Defensive end Orpheus Roye was put on ice with a left knee injury and Brian Russell was put on I.R. Monday with a staph infection in his right elbow. Starting cornerback Gary Baxter has been out of the lineup since tearing both patellar tendons Oct. 22 when the Browns were playing the Broncos. He is still in Cleveland Clinic almost eight weeks after being carted off the field. He hopes to be discharged before Christmas

Jackson is being replaced by Leon Williams, Simon Fraser is replacing Roye and Brodney Pool has replaced Russell. Roye and Russell missed the Steelers game with their injuries, which in part explains while Pittsburgh churned out 528 offensive yards. Now Jackson, second in tackles behind Davis, is also out as the Browns prepare for the Ravens and their running back, Jamal Lewis.

Frye can't throw

It looks like the Derek Anderson show for sure in Baltimore. Frye did not throw a pass in practice Thursday. He has not thrown a pass since the first half of the Kansas City game.

Travis Wilson practices

Travis Wilson practiced with the main offense Wednesday and Thursday. There is no guarantee he will play against the Ravens, but what he did is a step up from his usual chore of running with the scout team as the opponent's best receiver.

Wilson admitted playing on the scout team was an adjustment mentally, particularly for a player who was a star in college.

"It was something I never experienced before," Wilson said. "At first it was tough. But there's no point in pouting. I'm not going anywhere. I might as well get better and earn the chance. I've learned that's how I earn respect from coaches and teammates. I feel better as a player helping our defense."

When Wilson was drafted he said he was the best wide receiver in the country. It was apparent from the beginning he would be the third receiver in waiting. Northcutt's contract expires after this season, and there are no plans to re-sign him. Northcutt had one of the worst games of his career last Thursday when he dropped three passes in Heinz Field. He said his shoulder injury had nothing to do with dropping passes.

"It's no secret what's going on," Northcutt said. "It is what it is. I'll always have a smile on my face and I'll always keep my head up. Things will work out the way they're supposed to.

"It's part of a business. I'm not worried about it at all. I've never been a free agent. I don't know how it's going to go. These three weeks, I'm going to do whatever they want me to do and go on with life. One way or the other, I'll be happy."


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