Adkins: Right to the Point

As the Browns hold onto their practice squad moves until the last possible minute, Lane Adkins rides to the rescue of bored Browns fans with the latest news and rumors about new acquisions, Joe Jurevicius' health, and much more. Here's the buzz behind the scenes...

Rumors and news of an orange and brown persuasion while we await the team's practice squad moves...

- The injuries to offensive guards Ryan Tucker, Rex Hadnot and Lennie Friedman has caused the Browns to seek help along the offensive line. Tucker is hopeful for a return to practice this upcoming week, but the veteran has missed the entire training camp and will need time to get into game shape. In the meantime, RT Isaac Sowells and rookie RG Nathan Bennett could see their roles expand, backing up Seth McKinney. The Browns are actively pursuing a couple veterans to fill the depth.

- Releasing basically every WR in competition for a roster spot came as a surprise, the Browns appear to have other thoughts about the state of the receiving corps. Feeling the team is better served using a tight-end or two lined-up wide, the team could afford to release players who might still have some upside, such as Travis Wilson and Steve Sanders. While being told "these are the guys we're going with", the Browns are believed to be looking at an established receiver or two.

- For the first time in recent memory, I was told WR Joe Jurevicius is improving. He has had no additional setbacks and could realistically have a shot at playing in the 2008 season.

- Rumors swirled following the Browns game against the New York Giants that QB Derek Anderson suffered a separated shoulder. I have been told Anderson did not suffer a shoulder injury.

- My questions and curiosity as to why backup QB Brady Quinn only played a couple series against the Chicago Bears in the final pre-season game have been left unanswered. Just makes me wonder, especially when Anderson is not supposed to have any lingering affects from the New York game.

- RB Jamal Lewis, who sat out practices and the final pre-season game following straining his hamstring a week earlier is expected to practice at some point next week. If the injury doesn't hamper the veteran, he will suit-up for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. If Lewis cannot go, Jerome Harrison will gain a significant role in the base offensive sets.

- WR Braylon Edwards, who has missed the better part of two weeks following a gash on his foot will practice this upcoming week and play against the Cowboys.

- LOLB Antwan Peek has been cleared to practice. If he suffers no issues, Peek will be back in the line-up for the opener. Peek could play a significant role, especially if the interior of the Cleveland defensive line can collapse the pocket against Dallas' Tony Romo.

- One appears to be a go, while the other is really questionable. Safety Sean Jones appears to be close to the returning to practice this week, while the other Browns starting safety, Brodney Pool remains questionable due to a concussion. If Pool is unable to go, Mike Adams is in place to step in and contribute.

- The Dallas Cowboys are struggling at the WR position due to a lack of overall quality and depth. Facing a Cleveland defensive backfield with their own issues at the CB position, the Browns should be very competitive. However, something leads me to believe the Cleveland CB's are going to give the Dallas receivers room to get off the LOS and attempt to keep everything in front of them.



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