Taylor: Circling The Browns

He's at it again! John Taylor has been working his sources and brings us a bevy of scoop on injured Browns and trade talks. Here's the real status on Sean Jones, Brodney Pool, Joe Horn and more... Plus, the bottom line on Joe Jurevicius.

-- A source close to safety Sean Jones tells The OBR that the veteran "will be in the starting line-up" for the season opener against Dallas. "If this were a regular-season game, he'd be in the line-up," the source said of Jones being held out of tomorrow's game. The source refused to divulge the specific nature of Jones' knee injury, but did allow that the swelling "was an unexpected development" and that the club is simply being "very cautious with one of the most valuable players on their defense".

-- The same source was not as optimistic about the return of Brodney Pool, telling The OBR "he's making progress, but whether he'll make enough progress to be ready for the first game remains to be seen". Both Pool and Jones have been ruled out of tomorrow's pre-season finale against the Bears, with Mike Adams and Nick Sorensen replacing them for the second consecutive week.

-- The latest on soon-to-be-starting right guard Ryan Tucker? The Browns are "cautiously optimistic" that he will return to practice next week and that he will be available for the season opener on September 7. The coaching staff is anxious for Tucker's return as the right side of the line has not fared well in his absence during the three pre-season losses.

-- Let's get this straight right here, right now: at this point in time, Joe Jurevicius has no plans to retire and has every intention of attempting a return this season. Now, could things change between now and when he's scheduled to come off the PUP list following Week Six of the regular season, making the rumors of an imminent retirement seemingly true? Of course they could. But, right now, Jurevicius is focused on rehabbing and returning to the Cleveland Browns in 2008. And that is the Jurevicius bottom line.

-- Trust me on this: if the Browns are wise, they will not attempt to sneak Alex Hall onto the practice squad. He won't make it through waivers. At least two front office-types have questioned me as to what I've heard regarding the Browns' plans for Hall. During the course of those conversations, it was very strongly intimated that there were several teams with an eye on the linebacker should he be set free. That being said, there is almost no chance Hall will not be a part of the 53-man roster following the last round of cuts next week.

-- Do you think Brett Favre is the only ex-Packer the Green Bay organization is/will be missing this season? If you answered in the affirmative, you'd be wrong as it's likely the Browns' off-season theft of a defensive lineman – not the future Hall of Famer – which has the Packers losing the most sleep. While he hasn't gotten much press since coming to Cleveland due to injuries and adapting to the 3-4 defensive scheme, in Green Bay they are already missing the presence of Corey Williams on the interior of their defensive line. The line has been shuffled around and remains in a state of flux as the club attempts to replace what Williams brought to the rotational table. One Packers source told The OBR that "people don't realize how much we're going to miss, and already are missing for that matter, Corey out there."

-- Shortly after The OBR published the story of a potential Browns/Joe Horn hook-up, I received the following text message from a Browns source: "It should be noted Joe's agent phoned us, not vice versa. That's (a) key point to distinguish." The implication of the text, of course, is that the interest on the part of the Browns may not be as deep as those associated with Horn believe.



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