--RB Musa Smith had knee surgery a week ago and is out for the Browns game. He could return to practice as early as next week.
--WR Frank Sanders (dislocated toes) is moving around well and will practice Wednesday. If
Sanders can show he can cut effectively, he will return to the starting
--CB Corey Fuller strained his quadricep in his left leg
and did not play the second half of the season opener. Fuller said the injury is
sore but shouldn't keep him from starting the Browns game.
Alvin Porter (hamstring) could return to practice after sitting out last week.
He might be another week from being able to play in a game.
Tom Knight missed the season opener with a strained hamstring but will practice
this week. He expects to play nickel back against the Browns but he is known as
a slow healer.
--DE Joe Salave'a re-signed with the team after
being cut last week, adding depth to the defensive line. The veteran takes the
roster spot of backup offensive lineman Jason Thomas, who was
--OL Jason Thomas was released after one game so the
team could re-sign defensive end Joe Salave'a. The backup offensive lineman
played special teams in the season opener after having a poor
--K Wade Richey will have a chance at kicking field
goals beyond 50 yards. He is also the kickoff specialist and has a stronger leg
than placekicker Matt Stover.
--K Matt Stover will kick field
goals from 50 yards and in. He still has one of the most accurate legs in the
game but kickoff specialist Wade Richey gives the team a better chance at
hitting the longer field goals.
--TE Todd Heap should split out
less as a receiver since Frank Sanders should return from a foot injury. The
team will still likely move Heap around to keep defenses from keying on him.
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