What We've Been Told

As the clock ticks down towards kickoff, Lane Adkins brings the scoop regarding the likelihood of injured players returning, how things have been going in practice, and more!

- TE Kellen Winslow is not expected to play Monday night as the Browns face the New York Giants. Winslow had been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness at the Cleveland Clinic and was recently released. A team source tells The Orange and Brown Report, "Winslow wants to play, but is not likely to receive medical clearance and really is not in condition at this time." Steve Heiden and Darnell Dinkins have taken reps in the offensive sets as the team has utilized some two-TE looks in practice."

- There has been speculation that some in the Cleveland locker room were less than thrilled with the lack of urgency S Sean Jones has shown in getting back on the field following knee surgery. From what we've been told, the starting safety has progressed well in his rehab and has participated in a limited number of practice drills.

- Starting RT Kevin Shaffer was struggling prior to a concussion suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals. Shaffer is expected to sit out the battle against the Giants, with former starter Ryan Tucker and Issac Sowells slated to see playing time in his place.

- Starting RG Eric Steinbach (shoulder) is not 100-percent, but is in better condition than he was a couple weeks ago when facing the Bengals. The physical and aggressive Giants defensive line and front seven will pose a significant challenge for the Browns' offensive line with their endless array of stunts and blitz packages.

- There have been no setbacks in the rehab of WR Donte Stallworth. Out of the lineup due to a quad injury, Stallworth is physically ready to go for a Browns' offense needing a legitimate threat in the passing game. The timing between the WR and starting QB Derek Anderson was better than expected for the amount of practice and gameday reps Stallworth has missed.

- Heading into this nationally-televised contest, the Browns anticipate a steady dose of power rushing coming from the Giants. The Giants have been playing as well as any team in the game and are a well-balanced offensive team. The Cleveland defense, which has fared reasonably well against the pass, will be challenged by a New York offense that sports size and strength at the WR and TE positions.

- Starting defensive lineman Shaun Smith has been downgraded to doubtful and is not expected to play Monday night due to surgery on his hand. Smith has played with a cast to protect the injury prior to surgery during the bye-week and had not sufficiently recovered as of Saturday to be counted on in the defensive gameplan. There remains an outside possibility Smith will suit-up, as the defensive lineman wants to play, but it will not be his call and the odds do not look good for a Browns team with depth and injury issues along the defensive line.

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