Preview: Browns-Jaguars

Notes and tidbits to whet your appetite ahead of the season-ending match-up with Jacksonville...

GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 1/03/10
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS (Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker)
PREDICTION: Jaguars 24-13.

KEYS TO THE GAME: With QB Derek Anderson still showing no signs of being able to lead an effective passing attack, the Browns will again lean on RB Jerome Harrison. He has 434 rushing yards the past two games, but will have to do his work against constant eight-man fronts. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is all too familiar with that scenario. QB David Garrard continues to be inconsistent when defenses effectively slow down "MJD," and will likely be minus a trusted target in TE Marcedes Lewis (cracked bone in face)

FAST FACTS: The Browns are seeking their first four-game winning streak since 1994. ... Garrard has a 74.7 passer rating on the road compared to 90.9 at home.

PERSONNEL NEWS
Jaguars:
--TE Marcedes Lewis declared himself out of the Cleveland game, saying it will take 3 1/2 weeks for the cracked bones under his eye to heal.
--CB Rashean Mathis missed practice for the second consecutive day with a groin injury. His condition will be evaluated Friday.
--WR Torry Holt missed practice for the second consecutive day with a hand injury. His condition will be evaluated Friday.
--DT John Henderson, who wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, missed Thursday's practice with a shoulder injury.
--DL Attiyah Ellison missed practice for the second consecutive day with a knee injury and is unlikely to play in

Cleveland.
--S Anthony Smith, who missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury, wasn't on the injury report Thursday.
--LB Daryl Smith, who wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, was limited Thursday with a neck injury.
--CB Derek Cox, who wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, was listed as limited Thursday with a foot injury. 
--WR Brian Robiskie will not play against the Jaguars, Coach Eric Mangini said. Robiskie's rookie season ends with seven catches.
--FB Lawrence Vickers did not practice Thursday because of a groin injury.
--RT John St. Clair did not practice because the ankle injury that prevented him from playing against the Raiders still bothers him.
--LB David Bowens was limited by a knee injury.
--DE Kenyon Coleman missed practice because of lingering elbow and ankle injuries.


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