Player Status Updates: Life Without Robaire

The latest on injured Browns and moving forward without Robaire Smith...

The Browns didn't lose a Pro Bowler on the defensive line, but they lost a strong presence when Robaire Smith tore his Achilles tendon in the loss to Pittsburgh.

Smith is a very underrated player. He works hard, is tough inside and plays hard all the time.

"You can't replace Robaire Smith," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "He's an animal inside. He doesn't take a lot of crap from anybody."

Smith's strength is his ability to play in the 3-4 alignment. With him done for the season, the Browns will turn to Shaun Smith.

Smith will join Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams on the defensive front. That's not a bad threesome, but it is short on depth, which matters because the Browns had a good thing rotating four linemen in the three spots.

Bottom line: Losing a dependable lineman who was a good example to his teammates never helps a team.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES


--QB Derek Anderson has a dismal quarterback rating of 57.1, with one touchdown, two interceptions and no big plays. Anderson's leash will get shorter every week if he does not improve. The Browns do have Brady Quinn on the bench.

--RB Jamal Lewis has run for just 100 yards in two games. Both games were against good defenses, though. Lewis will get his yards once the Browns face a team that is not so difficult to run against.

--TE Kellen Winslow has been the only consistent offensive player, and he leads the team with 12 receptions. Winslow cares deeply, but he has not been able to overcome poor play by others to bring the Browns a win.

--WR Braylon Edwards has at least five drops -- six if a hard throw through his hands is considered. He has five receptions, and no touchdowns. Until Edwards regains the focus he had last season, he will struggle -- and as a result, the Browns offense will struggle.

--WR Syndric Steptoe simply does not provide enough of a threat to start at receiver opposite Braylon Edwards. Steptoe looks and plays like an overwhelmed late-round draft choice.

--S Sean Jones will miss the next two games at least after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Jones' physical play is missed, as is his skill on defense.

--LB Kamerion Wimbley continues to receive the praise of coaches, but his numbers show zero sacks and seven tackles in two games. Hardly what an 11th overall pick should provide.

--DE Shaun Smith will take over for Robaire Smith, out with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Shaun Smith may provide a little better pass rush, but he's not the steady force Robaire Smith is.

--KR Joshua Cribbs played his first game since spraining an ankle in preseason. Cribbs appeared a tad hesitant, then had a hamstring problem late in the game. His status will be interesting to watch.

--OG Rex Hadnot returned to the starting lineup, but the Browns running game again struggled. It's to be expected -- Pittsburgh is a good run defense. But so too is this week's opponent, Baltimore.

--WR Donte Stallworth reached the doubtful stage by late in the week with his strained quad. Look for him to be questionable all this week. The Browns have not brought in another veteran receiver, though, because they feel Stallworth eventually will be ready to play.

--RB Jerome Harrison showed quickness and elusiveness when he caught a screen pass in the second half. It could be time to work Harrison into the offense more as a change of pace to Jamal Lewis.


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