Old Friends and a New Look

Old friends will return to the gridiron this next Sunday as some of the Browns starters return, and the team honors retired greats. The team will have a new look as well. Mike McLain gives us the latest from Berea, and gets it to us first!

BEREA - Center Dave Wohlabaugh will likely return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Wohlabaugh missed four of the last five games as a broken bone in his right hand healed. For the first time since he suffered the injury, Wohlabaugh wasn't listed on the injury report.

"He's out of his cast. He's been out of it long enough to have the ability to use his fingers," coach Butch Davis said. "He has a pad on it. We'll see how he practices with it and if we'll have to build something different."

Wohlabaugh injured the hand during a run-blocking drill the week after the season opener. He sat out the next three weeks. Shaun O'Hara moved from right guard to center, and Paul Zukauskas started at right guard.

Wohlabaugh played against Baltimore but had to snap with his left hand. Davis didn't think it was a wise move to play Wohlabaugh against Tampa Bay's strong defensive front because of the hand injury.

Fowler battled through jitters early in the game and performed about as well as could be expected.

"It was at least as good as we thought it would be and in some respects better than we thought it would be," Davis said. "This game was bigger than life to him. After he calmed down, I don't think he had any mental mistakes as far as identifications and fronts."

NEW LOOK: The Browns will wear orange jerseys for Sunday's game against Houston, but it's not the first time the team has gone with orange tops. It was tried Sept. 18, 1954, in an exhibition game against the Chicago Bears.

Fans and media complained about not being able to read the numbers. The jerseys were donated to Orange High School and never worn again.

Reviews of the new orange jerseys are mixed.

"I like them," quarterback Tim Couch said. "I think the fans are going to like them a lot."

"I don't care what color we wear, as long as we win," cornerback Corey Fuller said.

LOOKING BACK: In honor of the Browns' 50th anniversary season, the team's 1950 NFL championship team will be honored Sunday. The Browns went 10-2 in the regular season and defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 30-28, in their inaugural NFL season.

The team will also honor its three new inductees into the Cleveland Browns Legends - Clay Matthews, Mac Speedie and Brian Sipe. Each season one player from each of the team's three eras receives the honor. Voting is weighted between fan balloting (20 percent) on the team's website and a media panel (80 percent).

INJURY REPORT: Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon is listed as questionable with an elbow injury. Defensive end Tyrone Rogers remains questionable with a neck injury. Receiver Andre King, who has a broken toe, is out.

Out for the Texans is cornerback Jason Bell (arm). Safety Eric Brown (shoulder) is doubtful. Questionable are linebacker Erik Flowers (ankle), cornerback Jason Simmons (hamstring) and offensive tackle Ryan Young (groin). Dawson is probable with an ankle injury.

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