Rogers' Return: No Big Deal

Fred Greetham reports from Berea, where the Browns big nose tackle isn't particularly fired up about his return trip the Motor City, two years after being traded.

BEREA—Shaun Rogers played the majority of his career with the Lions. Despite playing seven seasons with the Lions, his trip to Detroit this week is nothing that really excites him.

Rogers was a second-round draft choice of the Lions in 2001. He went to the Pro Bowl with Detroit in 2004 and 2005. He went again after last season with the Browns.

"None really," Rogers said. "I am going to play a game. It's not special. I've been out of Detroit, what, two years now? I'm just going to play a game."

In the preseason, former Brown Shaun Smith said Rogers wanted to go back to Detroit, but he refuted it.

Lions' coach Jim Schwartz said some good things about Rogers in his call with the Cleveland media and when Rogers was told, he smiled and said.

"Why would they say anything else," he said. "I'm a good person. I try to play the game for the right reasons."

Rogers has not been able to enjoy many winning seasons since he's been in the NFL and it's been the case since he joined the Browns. Last year, the team was 4-12 and this year, 1-8.

"You don't dream you'd be 1-8, but that's the reality of the situation," he said. "I most definitely want to win, but that's been my history. I will continue to work hard because like I've said before I'm happy to be working.

"It's always tough to lose," Rogers said. "If you lose at Tiddlywinks it's tough if you are a true competitor. It's just something that you have to live with. You have to look yourself in the mirror and try to see if you have done what you needed to do and put a positive spin on it from that direction. It is what it is."

Rogers has 32 tackles on the season with one sack. He has one pass broken up, two blocks on PATs and a field goal block.

Eric Mangini said one of the most impressive feats that Rogers has displayed is his ability to block kicks, whether it be after touchdowns or field goals. In his career, he has 16 blocks, which is approaching the NFL record held by Ted Hendricks.

At 6-4, 350 pounds, Rogers can definitely get off the ground.

"What I like about Shaun is for him to block that PAT," he said. "It's easy for a big guy to not get anything done after a touchdown, but he gets things done."

Mangini likes the play of Rogers and was asked if his game against the Ravens was his best when he made some good plays and blocked a PAT.

"I don't know if it was his best game," Mangini said. "I think he's played well in all the games. He's disruptive in the 3-4."

One of the raps on Rogers while with Detroit was that he took plays off. Mangini said he hasn't seen that. He's started all 25 games to date since he joined the Browns.

"He plays at a high motor," Mangini said. "It wasn't a concern because I watched the tape and saw he played with a high motor."

 

Where's Jerome: Mangini was asked why RB Jerome Harrison has not been used much since his 121 yard rushing game earlier in the season.

"He played quite a bit last week," he said. "He played on third down. We just think Chris (Jennings) has earned the chance to play."

Mangini was asked if it was because Harrison was having trouble picking up the blitz and he said it wasn't.

No Regrets: Mangini was asked if he had any regrets about trading away two of the team's only play makers without having to take the place in TE Kellen Winslow and WR Braylon Edwards.

"When you make the decisions, you make the decisions you think are the best," he said. "I think we've had plenty of opportunities and there are a lot of things we can still do."

Mangini was asked if not having Edwards opposite of WR Mohamed Massaquoi is hurting his production. Massaquoi had eight catches in Edwards' last game with the Browns and has only a couple since.

"I don't know if you can point to that," he said. "It depends week in and week out. He'll continue to have opportunities as the season goes along."

Injury Update: OL John St. Clair missed practice Wednesday, but Mangini said he will practice today.

He said the reason TE Steve Heiden and P Dave Zastudil were put on injured reserve was because he didn't think either would recover in time to play this season.

He said Heiden's injury was from the Ravens' game.

"It was an injury from Monday Night and it didn't seem like he would be able to help us the rest of the year."

Heiden will be 34 at the start of next season, but Mangini said he'd welcome him back.

"If anything, he's disappointed it went the way it did an he'll work incredibly hard to get back next season," he said. "I really like Steve. He's a good blocker, a good receiver and a good guy. He's got a lot of football left in him."

Mangini defended having just Zastudil and K Phil Dawson as the only two kickers in camps. Dawson missed five games with a calf injury and Zastudil will miss the rest of the season. He was questioned if their injuries were from being overworked.

"I don't think it's the case," he said. I've been in a lot of training camps with just two kickers. It's how the plant foot comes down."

Robaire's Year: Mangini has been impressed with the play of DL Robaire Smith, who is coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon.

"Robaire has really been outstanding," Mangini said. "He's a great example to the young guys. He knows his job and the entire of the defense. He has been really stout against the run. I am really pleased with him."

9/11: Since the Browns have returned in 1999, they now will not have a winning record in nine of their 11 seasons. The only two winning seasons were in 2002 when the team was 9-7 and in 2007 when they were 10-6.


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