The latest we're hearing...
- WR Donte Stallworth was expected to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Stallworth was unable to practice today and has been downgraded to doubtful. Signed by the Browns in the off-season to provide another presence in the passing game, Stallworth has missed the Browns first three games of the season with a quad strain. Despite the optimism regarding Sunday, the Browns are being cautious about depending on the speedy wideout until he gets on the playing field.
- OG Ryan Tucker has been practicing the entire week and appears poised to make his season debut. Tucker has seen practice reps at RG and RT since being cleared by the Browns medical staff. He could slide into the starting line-up at RG.
- Starting LG Eric Steinbach is not expected to play this week against the Cincinnati Bengals due to a lingering shoulder injury. ESPN.com reported on Thursday Steinbach is expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks. The Orange and Brown Report has learned Steinbach, a major component of the Cleveland offensive line, possibly could be back on the field - and healthy for the Browns October 19th battle against the Washington Redskins, if not sooner. The Orange and Brown Report has been informed Steinbach is showing promising results from therapy and could be fitted with a harness to potentially enhance the ability of getting the lineman back on the field.
- As the Browns offensive coaching staff looks to minimize mental errors and take some pressure off of QB Derek Anderson. The coaching staff has worked extensively on its ground game packages and personnel groups. By no means is this Cleveland team going to stray away from the passing game, but they are adding looks to enhance their air attack, while hoping to open up options in the passing game.
- This week of practice at the Browns training facility has been spirited and sharp, as Rob Chudzinski later indicated to the media on Friday. Despite persistent speculation of a QB change and questions regarding the status of the head coach, these issues haven't created a stir in the locker room. All indications are that the players have placed the onus on themselves to improve put an end to the speculation and get back on a winning track.
- RB Jamal Lewis and OLB Willie McGinest had plenty to say in a team meeting the players conducted early in the week. As the losses mounted, frustrations have begun to seep out of a Browns locker room. Normally this is a place where 'what happens with the team, stays in the team'. While this Cleveland team did not waltz into the season overconfident, the losses and manner in which this team has struggled puzzles most associated wit the organization, directly and indirectly. The approach starting this week is to try to take it one play at a time, one game at a time - treat every game as it could be the last.