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Cleveland Browns Inside Slant 2008-12-17


Cleveland Browns Inside Slant 2008-12-17
The Browns have lost their top two tight ends this season to injury.


With Kellen Winslow already sidelined, the Browns had turned to Steve Heiden. But in Monday night's loss to Philadelphia, Heiden tore the ACL in his right knee. He will miss the rest of the season.

The injuries are significant because with Ken Dorsey at quarterback, the Browns need all the help they can get in the short passing game.

Dorsey lacks the arm strength to get the ball down the field, which increases the importance of reliable tight ends.

"It's kind of tough, at the tight end spot particularly, when your ones and twos are not playing for you, just like at the quarterback spot your ones and twos are not playing for you," coach Romeo Crennel said. "You have to deal with it the best you can.

The injuries might give rookie Martin Rucker a chance. Rucker was a highly touted draft choice but has seen little playing time.

Darnell Dinkins will start, but his main value is on special teams.

If Rucker shows he can learn the offense, he may see significant action.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 17, 2008

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