At least for now, Browns fans need not fret over the club holding Leigh Bodden out of practice yesterday.
According to the cornerback, his sideline duty yesterday was merely precautionary in nature and that nothing should be read into it.
"It was precautionary," Bodden told the Lorain Morning Journal. "I don't want to pound it too much. The season opens Sept. 9. I don't want to jeopardize that. I want to play this whole season."
Several Browns sources confirmed to The OBR Bodden's side of the injury story.
"If anything, he's ahead of where (the Browns) thought he would be," one source told The OBR. "(Bodden is an important piece of the defensive puzzle, and the (coaching) staff doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize Leigh's progress."
The fifth-year corner underwent offseason ankle surgery and, as pointed out by Jeff Schudel in the above-linked article, has never played an entire sixteen-game season in his first four years in the league.
ROTFLMAO - Speaking of corners, Daven Holly took over the reps normally allotted to Bodden and, according to head coach Romeo Crennel, remains in the running for a starting spot at the position.
"It's not a given that Eric Wright is going to be the starter," Crennel said of the rookie second-round draft pick. "We still have a couple of preseason games to go here and then we'll make our determinations."
Sorry, coach, but I'm not buying what you just tried to sell there.
There's very, very rarely anything set in stone, but one of those inevitabilities is that Wright, barring injury, will be on the field opposite Bodden come the September 9th's season opener against the Steelers.
As a starter.
And Holly will fit in rather nicely as the nickel back and, in the case of an injury, emergency starter.
GTF OUTTA HERE! - Nearly every story from this morning had first-round pick Brady Quinn struggling during yesterday's practice, only a day removed from one of his better practices during his short stint in training camp.
Imagine that, a rookie quarterback is having an up-and-down start to his NFL career after holding out for the first 14 days of camp.
Whoda thunk it? I know I didn't see that storyline coming.
SAME OLD, SAME OLD - Once again, Crennel refused to name his starting QB for Saturday night's game versus the Lions. Both Charlie Frye—who maintains the slightest of edges in the signal-caller derby—and Derek Anderson split time with the first-team offense yesterday.
In a related story, there's no truth to the rumor that Crennel will utilize a best three-out-of-five wheelbarrow tape-measure joust to determine his starter.
At least not this week.
HERE COME DA JUDGE! - According to a press release issued by the Browns yesterday afternoon, NFL commissioner/judge/jury/executioner Roger Goodell will visit the
The release states that Goodell is visiting as "part of an ongoing initiative to visit NFL teams throughout the year."
Translation? Goodell is putting "the fear of God into abnormally large men and if one of the byproducts of said tour is to make those very same abnormally large men soil themselves at the mere thought of what he could do to them and their careers and their bank accounts, then so be it.
ODDS & ENDS – The Browns remain "cautiously optimistic"—which is Latin for "we really have no clue"—that injured starters Eric Steinbach and defensive end Orpheus Roye will be available for the season opener. There's an outside shot that at least one, and possibly both, would be available for a few snaps during the preseason finale… For one the few times during training camp 2007, second-year corner DeMario Minter participated in practice. Although he was limited, it's another good sign that a prospect whom the Browns remain high on will make some type of contribution before his rookie contract expires… For the third straight day, starting inside linebacker Andra Davis was forced to sit out practice due to a sore ankle. All signs point to Leon Williams taking over
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Jason is smart, consistent and dependable. He's productive when we call on him." --- Head coach Romeo Crennel, "showering" backup running back Jason Wright with praise.
QUOTE OF THE DAY, THE SEQUEL: "Somewhat, but we're comfortable with whoever's in there. That's the coach's decision." --- Oft-times politically incorrect tight end Kellen Winslow, toeing the company line on the "great" Frye-Anderson QB debate.