Mangini Talks About Injuries, Browns Make Several Roster Moves

In Wednesday morning's press conference, head coach Eric Mangini provided some updates on the injury front as the Cleveland Browns prepare for this week's game against the Miami Dolphins. Here is a brief recap:

  • Colt McCoy will not practice on Wednesday. As far as later in the week goes, Mangini said that him practicing is still up in the air. Regarding McCoy's health, Mangini noted, "From where we were last week to where we are now, we've made a pretty big jump."
     
  • Jake Delhomme will receive more first team reps than Seneca Wallace on Wednesday. That means Delhomme is favored to make his second straight start this Sunday.
     
  • Joshua Cribbs is not practicing on Wednesday, but Mangini expects him to be more involved this week. He said he thinks they will have Cribbs available both as a kick returner and as a wide receiver.
     
  • LB Scott Fujita, LB Eric Barton, FB Lawrence Vickers, CB Eric Wright, and S T.J. Ward will not practice Wednesday.

The Browns have also made some transactions recently, which a few of you have discussed in the Fanshots section already. If you missed them, the transactions are listed after the jump...

Recent Transactions

  • The Browns waived kick returner Clifton Smith. Taking Smith's spot is former Browns receiver Jordan Norwood. You might remember him from the preseason in 2009, before he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.
     
  • Remember the two hard-hitting safeties the Browns drafted in April? T.J. Ward and Larry Asante. Asante had been on the Browns' practice squad all season, but that's not the case anymore. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their 53-man roster.
     
  • Taking his spot on the practice squad is another former member of the Browns...Coye Francies! While Francies might never get a shot at the NFL level, I have wanted to see how he would play and was bummed when he was let go. He was at a disadvantage this preseason because he was out for an injury for awhile. He played in the UFL after being released by Cleveland. The team he played for, Las Vegas, just won the league championship last week.
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