Adkins: What We've Been Told

With the regular season starting, the Browns (and all NFL teams) are getting very squirrelly about revealing anything about injuries. That's where we come in. Find out the real scoop behind injuries to Browns players, as well as what happened behind the scenes with bubble players Shantee Orr, James Lee, and Nathan Bennett...

The latest stuff you're not supposed to know about the Browns, through our sources inside and outside Berea...

- The Browns were fortunate to regain the services of LB Shantee Orr. Released by the team in the final round of cuts, Orr was returning to his home in Houston, Texas upon receiving a call from the team wanting to resign him. Releasing Orr was a difficult decision for the Cleveland front office, and was entirely the result of the LB being caught in a numbers game. Orr will see action playing behind Willie McGinest at LOLB and on special teams.

- The knee injury suffered by OLB Antwan Peek is significant. Coming off knee surgery to remove loose cartilage, Peek was on the practice field a very brief time before tearing his patella tendon. Peek was signed through the 2009 season and was looking towards the 2008 season. Peek could have been a free agent after the 2008 season if he amassed more than six sacks. Interestingly, Peek was supposed to be limited in practice, so the injury is somewhat puzzling.

- Safety Brodney Pool is improving after suffering a concussion late in the pre-season. Pool is holding out hope he can play in the season opener, but the odds are not in his favor at this time.

- Safety Sean Jones expects to play against the Dallas Cowboys.

- OG Ryan Tucker is progressing well and could be on the playing field early in the season.

- OG Rex Hadnot will not play Sunday.

- KR/WR Josh Cribbs is making progress with a high ankle sprain suffered in the final pre-season game. Cribbs has gained a considerable amount of range in motion exercises, but as of this writing the explosive player is not being counted on to play Sunday.

- Contrary to some speculation, QB Derek Anderson did not suffer any degree of a shoulder separation. We have been told that the QB did experience soreness in the shoulder and hand after taking a hard sack against the New York Giants in a pre-season game.

- Rookie LT James Lee was signed, sealed and delivered. The arraignments were all worked out when the Browns notified Lee and his agent that the lineman would be cut and re-signed to the practice squad. Upon being picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lee was torn about leaving the Browns, but sees the Tampa Bay opportunity one of which gets him on the field, potentially in this his rookie season.

- As the team did with Lee, the front office told rookie offensive lineman Nathan Bennett he could be cut after making the 53-player roster to start the season. Which of course was exactly what happened when the Browns claimed OG Scott Young off waivers from Philadelphia.

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