Berea Report: Secondary Suffers Another Blow

The Browns ailing defensive backfield will be without Sean Jones for the next month. Fred Greetham offers more details from Berea...

BEREA - The Browns already thin secondary suffered another setback as Sean Jones will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to repair his right knee. He will not play against the Steelers and he expects to be out for three to five weeks.

Jones missed portions of the preseason with swelling in his knee and was able to play in the season opener against Dallas. Romeo Crennel wouldn't say how long Jones would miss, but did say the Browns had no plans to shelve him for the season by putting him on injured reserve. 

"Sean Jones' knee is swelling out again," Crennel said. "He has some issues and after conferring with his doctors, he's decided to have it scoped.

"We're not planning on putting him on IR," he said. "We'll rehab him and hopefully, get him back."

Jones said he first injured his knee in the first preseason game with the Jets.

"I've been feeling (the knee) since the first preseason game," he said. "The best thing is to get it done so I can be back. I'm going to do everything to rehab and get back as soon as possible."

He said in hindsight he probably should've had the procedure done several weeks ago.

"I should've done it after the Jets' game, but I tried to push through it," he said.

Jones had seven tackles against the Cowboys, but felt pain throughout the game.

The good news is that Brodney Pool is expected to return.

Pool, who missed the season opener recovering from a concussion, is back on the practice field and expected to play against the Steelers. Mike Adams is expected to move from free safety to strong safety. Nick Sorensen and Travis Daniels will be the backups.

"I think Mike and Nick are very prepared and capable," Jones said. "They just need to pull together and get some momentum."

Crennel said Pool's mindset is good coming back after the concussion.

"I think Brodney feels pretty good about where he is," Crennel said. "If he can get through this week, he should be available for the game."

"Hopefully, I will play," Pool said. "I've felt fine for the past week, but the coaches didn't want me to rush back and miss the whole season."

Pool said despite the fact that he's had more than one concussion, it won't affect the way he plays.

"I've been taking it slow," he said. "I changed my helmet, but other than that I'm going to play the same way I've always played and that is full speed."

Adams, will switch from free safety to strong safety this week. He had nine tackles against the Cowboys.

"I'm definitely ready," Adams said. "I have to step up from the previous week. We just need to get everybody on the same page and we'll be fine."

Crennel said injuries affect every team and wouldn't use that as a crutch.

"You can't account for (injuries)," he said. "These things go in cycles. Most of them have been able to come back. It's part of this game. Every team has to deal with it."


Stallworth Update: The MRI revealed that WR Donte Stallworth suffered a strain to his quadriceps. He will miss practice Wednesday and his status is up in the air for Sunday's game with the Steelers.

"He has a strain," Crennel said. "He's not going to be at practice. We're doing everything they can to get him better. We feel good it's not a tear. If he doesn't practice (Wednesday) or (Thursday), he probably won't play."

Four Back: The good news is WR/KR Joshua Cribbs, OL Rex Hadnot, LB Kris Griffin and DB Brodney Pool returned to practice on Wednesday and barring setbacks should be available to play Sunday.

Jurevicius Hopeful: Crennel said that WR Joe Jurevicius did some running on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing additional surgery several weeks ago.

"He's made some progress," Crennel said. "He did some running on Tuesday."

Crennel was asked if he would be back when he's eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list between the seventh and ninth games.

"He has a timetable in his mind," Crennel said. "He's shooting for the bye week to get on the (practice)field. Whether he can do that or not remains to be seen, but he has a goal."

The bye week is after the fourth game with the Bengals on Sept. 28. The Browns next game would be on Monday Night Football on Oct. 13 against the Giants at home.

Jamal Ready: RB Jamal Lewis said he's had no setbacks in coming back from his hamstring injury.

"The hamstring has felt fine," he said.

Lewis rushed for 62 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards in the season opening loss to the Cowboys. He's excited to play on prime time against the Steelers this Sunday at home.

"I grew up dreaming to play in a game like this," Lewis said. "If you can't get up for a game like this, maybe this game isn't meant for you."

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