Adkins: Quick Saturday Slants

As the clock ticks down for the Browns and Bengals, Lane Adkins brings the latest buzz. Does Steinbach still feel he can play Sunday? What do AFC front office execs feel about how the Browns have handled their season? And what do they expect the team to do with Brady Quinn?

Here's the latest quick hits, as the click ticks down to 36 hours remaining until the winless Browns and Bengals face off in Cincinnati... 

- Updating information today reported by the Orange and Brown Report regarding the injury status of offensive lineman Eric Steinbach... Steinbach has not been ruled out officially, but the team is planning on the veteran not being available this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Indications are Steinbach will sit out the Cincinnati game this week and followed with a bye next week, Steinbach will have a couple weeks off in hopes his ailing shoulder will be ready for the New York Giants.

- Steinbach himself has not succumbed to the shoulder woes and has not given up hope that he will play Sunday in Cincinnati. From what we've been told, though, the veteran lineman's shoulder will not regain its strength without rest and rehab.

- Donte Stallworth has not been ruled out for the game Sunday, and the WR will attempt to run on Saturday or Sunday prior to the game. He is holding out hope he can play.

- Rookie LB Beau Bell has taken reps with the defense and on special teams in practice this week. Bell is physically progressing after losing time during training camp due to knee surgery, and is slowly catching up on the lost practice time. The missed time hampered his progress and recognition within the defensive scheme.

- Rookie OLB Alex Hall has taken more reps than any player at LOLB this week. With Willie McGinest ailing with a pulled hamstring and Shantee Orr coming off a mild concussion, Hall is expected to gain the start against the Bengals.

- As we saw last week against the Baltimore Ravens, OLB's Kamerion Wimbley and Hall could alternate between the LOLB and ROLB spots.

- Hamstring and ankle woes that slowed RB Jamal Lewis in practice over the past couple weeks have not been an issue. The RB appears set to carry a heavy load against the Bengals.

- RB Jerome Harrison has gotten on the practice field more often in meaningful reps this week. The underutilized RB may see reps in the backfield as well as split out in the offensive set.

- CB's Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald are expected to be significantly challenged by the Cincinnati passing game. The suspicion in Cleveland is that the Bengals are going to attack the perimeter of the Cleveland defense.

- One AFC front office member with ties to Cleveland is surprised by the lack of movement by the Browns due to injury. This player personnel evaluator tells the Orange and Brown Report, that the Browns have shot themselves in the foot in not improving a very average receiving corps. Additionally, the personnel evaluator informs the OBR that the belief in league circles is that the team is leaning toward giving backup QB Brady Quinn some snaps in the Cincinnati game and that there is a realistic shot that the second-year signal-caller will start following the Browns bye-week against the New York Giants.


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