Kelly Holcomb answered a lot of questions about himself in Sunday's win over San Francisco.
After scoring just one touchdown in the first 11
periods of the season, Holcomb led the Browns on two fourth-quarter touchdown
drives, including the game-winner that ended with a touchdown with 29 seconds
Holcomb did it on a hairline fracture of the right fibula
and a sprained ankle.
He hurt the right ankle in the first
period, the left in the third. Yet he gutted it out and earned the plaudits and
respect of his teammates.
"Inspirational," offensive tackle Ryan Tucker said.
"You can't say enough about his character," wide
receiver Andre King said.
"A gutsy performance," coach Butch Davis said.
Holcomb's status for Sunday's game at home against
Cincinnati and beyond won't be known until he returns to practice on Wednesday.
Ankles tend to swell up.
But his status with his teammates is
certain: Holcomb is a quarterback they respect.
--WR Kevin Johnson had his best game as a Brown with 11 catches for 109 yards. Many of them
were difficult catches over the middle when Johnson took a big-time shot from
San Francisco defenders. Johnson showed guts and savvy in helping the Browns win
their first game of the season.
--WR Andre Davis took a shot to
his wrist making the game-winning touchdown catch. Davis went high to make the
grab with 29 seconds left, but took a helmet to his wrist.
Anthony Henry met a huge challenge. The Browns gave Henry the primary
responsibility for covering Terrell Owens, and Owens finished with eight catches
for 90 yards. But Owens had a very quiet game and came up with few big
--LB Andra Davis was the man principally responsible for
stopping Fred Beasley on fourth-and-goal from the one on San Francisco's first
possession. The stop kept the 49ers out of the end zone and seemed to change the
momentum of the game.
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