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Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-13

Cleveland Browns Strategy and Personnel 2008-09-13
Strong safety Sean Jones will miss at least a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday morning. Jones was injured Aug. 7 in the preseason opener against the Jets. His knee swelled, but he kept practicing and playing.

Jones played in two more preseason games before finally sitting out the last one. On Wednesday, he said he should have had surgery earlier, but he "tried to play through it."

Mike Adams will replace Jones against the Steelers Sunday night in Cleveland Browns Stadium. Adams started against the Cowboys last week while free safety Brodney Pool sat out recovering from a concussion.

"Even in the Dallas game, I was playing both safeties," Adams said. "I don't think it will change much. I can play free or strong or be in the box. It doesn't matter. Don't put a tag on me. Brodney can play both and I can play both."

Coach Romeo Crennel said the Browns are on the lookout for safeties, but at this point have no plans to sign another one.


--WR Donte Stallworth was held from practice again Thursday because of a strained quadriceps. Coach Romeo Crennel said Stallworth is doubtful for Pittsburgh, but he did not rule out Stallworth playing.

--LB Willie McGinest will play in his 200th NFL game Sunday night. He is in his 15th NFL season and third with the Browns after playing 12 years in New England.

--LB Kamerion Wimbley was limited in practice Thursday because of a groin injury. He was not on the injury report Wednesday.

--S Brodney Pool was limited, but he practiced for a second straight day Thursday. Pool has not played since suffering a concussion Aug. 18.

--KR Josh Cribbs continues to improve from a sprained ankle. Coach Romeo Crennel said if cleared by trainers to play, Cribbs' assignments against the Steelers will not be limited.

--G Ryan Tucker is practicing, but he is not ready to play in a game. He is recovering from fracturing his hip May 14.

GAME PLAN: It is more important than ever the Browns figure a way to slow RB Willie Parker. The Browns were gashed by Cowboys RBs Marion Barber and Felix Jones last week, and now they have to face the Steelers without hard-hitting SS Sean Jones.

Parker rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns against the Texans last week. He had success rushing outside. OLBs Kamerion Wimbley and Willie McGinest are going to have to fight off blockers and at least turn the play inside if they cannot make the tackle.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Browns C Hank Fraley, who weighs 310 pounds, vs. Steelers NT Casey Hampton, who weighs 325 pounds. Hampton is one of the best nose tackles the Browns face every year. He plays right over Fraley. He is strong and is difficult to push backward.

Browns LT Joe Thomas, who faced DeMarcus Ware last week, vs. Steelers OLB James Harrison. Ware sacked Derek Anderson once for zero yards last week. Harrison is as quick as Ware. He had three sacks for 20 yards last week. Anderson could use a three-step drop to stay on his feet.

INJURY IMPACT: KR Josh Cribbs was limited in practice Wednesday, but the Browns are encouraged his ankle will have healed sufficiently to play against the Steelers as a kick and punt returner and as a receiver. ... G Rex Hadnot was limited in practice with a knee injury. He might back up Seth McKinney on Sunday. ... S Brodney Pool was limited. He is being cautious about returning from a concussion suffered on Aug. 18.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: September 13, 2008

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Isaac Sowells Name: Isaac Sowells
Position: OL
Age: 26
Experience: 3 years
College: Indiana
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