OBR News-o-Rama: 12/05 PM

Wrapping up a day's worth of links and news. Now with more pictures! Well, one more picture. It's nicely rectangular, at least.

ROSTER MOVE: As we reported this morning, the Browns made a roster move today, assigning LB Kris Griffin to the team's Injured Reserve listing and adding Colby Bockwoldt to the active roster.

Colby Bockwoldt

LB Colby Bockwoldt
(AP Photo/John Russell)

Of course, we reported this news again this afternoon, and again now. Because how often, really, are you going to be able to report that a guy named Colby Bockwoldt is added to your roster? Team sites like ours dream of that sort of stuff. And Doug Dieken has nightmares about it... odds that he refers to the new linebacker as "bratwurst" at least once next Sunday are at 2-1 and falling.

INJURY UPDATE: Both the Browns and Jets have a bunch of players on their injury lists. For the Browns, Simon Fraser (illness), Steve Heiden (ankle), David McMillan (knee), Antwan Peek(knee), Orpheus Roye(knee), Kevin Shaffer (knee), and Robaire Smith (neck) didn't participate in practice today. Ethan Kelley (knee) and Eric Wright (knee) participated on a limited basis.

For the Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (finger) didn't participate. WR Laveranues Coles (Ankle), TE James Dearth (Foot), C Nick Mangold (Calf), and DL Dewayne Robertson (knee) were limited. TE Chris Baker, WR Chris David, TE Joe Kowalewski, WR Brad Smith, and WR Wallace Wright are listed on the Jets injury report, but did the full practice for the Jets.

Today's injury report has been uploaded to the Muni Lot in PDF format if you want to download it and check it out. Click here.

TRANSCRIPTS: We have a ton of interview transcripts available in the ATI forum today:
Eric Mangini With NYJ Media-12/5 | Jets Players With NYJ Media-12/5 | Eric Mangini With Cleveland Media-12/5 | QB Kellen Clemens-12/5 | Browns Players-12/5 | Romeo Crennel-12/5


There are a couple of updates from the OBR and official site regarding today's media availability in Berea hitting the wire this afternoon and evening, along with various mentions of the team in the national press.

Updates from Wednesday Practice
OBR - Berea Report: Jets Have Browns Full Attention
Official Site - Seven miss practice Wednesday

Josh Cribbs vs. Leon Washington
FOX Sports - Dangerous return men Cribbs, Washington face off Sunday
Official Site - Cribbs focused as Sunday approaches

Playoff Speculation, etc
ESPN - Playoff picture taking shape early
Nashville City Paper - Titans still clinging to playoff hopes
Miami Herald - Line of Scrimmage: And the Final Two Wild Cards Will Be...

Bockwoldt and Griffin
OBR - Griffin on IR, Browns Acquire Bockwoldt
Canton Repository - Browns sign LB Buckwoldt, put Griffin on IR
Official Site - Griffin to IR; Bockwoldt signed



The blogosphere kicked into action this afternoon and evening, even if a lot of the activity is around the Cavaliers and the Tribe seemingly getting knocked backwards in next year's AL Central by the Tigers. Browns-related blogs are listed first.

Time for Tim to go? - Mark Leonard
OBR News-o-Rama: 12/05 AM - Webdork Guy
Browns Playoff Odds Report: 63.4% - The Disappointment Zone

Tigers' deal - Mark Leonard (Indians)
BCS Monkey Poo! - Cleveland Sports Torture (NCAA)
Listen here BOY! - Cleveland Sports Torture (NFL)
Cavs Not Smart Without LBJ - Cleveland Sports Perspective (Cavs)
Cavs Match Offer; Varejao Returning - The Disappointment Zone (Cavs)
Wake me up when LeBron is back… - Halftime Adjustments (Cavs)
A Cavs dominated Grab Bag - J-Beanie Sports (Cavs)



Stuff that might be related to football. Or might not be.

At least the Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston seems to be willing to say what not many others will say... the Ravens are a team with talented players who are immature and undisciplined. It's a reflection on their coach, who occupied himself blowing sarcastic kisses to an opposing player while his charges threw tantrums all around him. As Browns fans, I'm sure most of us hope Billick returns for another year.

Speaking of head coaches who shouldn't be purchasing green bananas, two of the five most disappointing teams in the NFL (according to Fox) are located in the AFC North.

Stephan A. Smith bashed blogs as being inaccurate, which they often are, so now it's open season. Can't say I'm a fan of his... I watch so little ESPN these days as to be an unqualified judge, but he's going to get hammered hard.

A Mike & Mike Celebrity Roast. The de-evolution of ESPN into the lame crap your Grandma used to watch is moving right along. Will someone out there actually watch this? Can you give me a report of the total lameness? And what's wrong with you?

Fear that a video game website might have compromised by pressure from advertisers has web detectives digging through cached versions of articles to see if changes had been made. Those people are pikers compared to the compromised sports media.


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