Adkins: Why Speculate?

These days, NFL teams want fans and the media to stay in the dark about team injuries. We're not big on that here. Lane Adkins can give you the scoop on where some wounded Browns stand...

- TE Kellen Winslow, while listed as questionable by the team for the upcoming game against the Washington Redskins, is expected to play. Winslow made a plea to play Monday night against the New York Giants, but was shot-down by the organization. As of this writing, Winslow is going to play, unless he has a setback of some sort.

- There is a little concern due to the soreness and knee pain RT Ryan Tucker is suffering with following his first game action of the season this past Monday night. Right now, those within the organization believe Tucker will be alright and ready to go against the Redskins on Sunday.

- Speaking of a RT, Kevin Shaffer, coming off a concussion against the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks back. is expected to line up this week in practice sessions. The Browns have not committed to Shaffer's return to the starting line-up, as Ryan Tucker and Rex Hadnot solidified the right-side of the offensive line during the Browns 35-14 victory over the New York Giants.

- Mike Adams has done a solid job filling in at safety while Sean Jones rehabs from knee surgery. Jones is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins, but to what extent is in question. With Jones back in the mix, the Browns pass defense could see some immediate improvement, as Adams would slide over to covering the slot in the nickel.

- Talk of QB Brady Quinn taking over the reigns of the Browns offense never reached a stage of discussion within the Browns' locker room. Following the Browns victory over the Giants, Anderson's position as the starter was not in question. As one member of the Browns' roster told The Orange and Brown Report, "The media is the only people looking to make a story out of what has happened to us so far; we have been solidly behind one another and knew if we buckled down and played our game, everything else would fall into place."

- Interesting to see RB Jerome Harrison manage to gain some meaningful playing time in recent weeks. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski knows Harrison provides a dynamic to the offense in a limited role at this time. Harrison will only continue to receive limited opportunities as long as starter Jamal Lewis is healthy, but it is a start, as the third-year RB has provided a spark in those opportunities.

- A couple catches for limited yardage may not appear to be anything of note, but the dynamic of gettting WR Donte Stallworth back on the field was felt. The New York defense had to respect the WR's quickness and deep-play ability, which opened up the middle of the field for the TE's to work. Also, the Giants were not able to sit-down on WR Braylon Edwards as many other opponents have, starting late in the 2007 season.

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