Not to my surprise, none of the players on the Browns were named to the Pro Bowl. We had one player that stood out per unit in my opinion, but when you're a young player on a losing football team, how can you expect someone from across the country to actually vote for that player? Sean Jones started off the year, and although he's cooled down due to the rest of our secondary being beat up, he's probably been our most worthy player. But, how in the world would someone like a die-hard New England Patriots fan to vote for him? Offensively, Kellen Winslow would've had the best shot at making it, but I think that both Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez deserved to go ahead of him. And, even if Todd Heap would've made it ahead of Winslow, I would've understood. One player that was probably screwed a little was Joshua Cribbs. Don't get me wrong, Justin Miller of the Jets deserves to be the kick returner, but Cribbs should've gotten the general special teams player nomination. Now, let's get to some tidbits...
- Bye Bye Dennis: It looks as if the hope for Dennis Northcutt in Cleveland is over. "Scott Petrak, of the Medina Gazette, reports Cleveland Browns WR Travis Wilson has been promoted to No. 3 wide receiver. Northcutt has been demoted and will not be re-signed by the team." I would expect Northcutt to solely return punts over the final two games, and am thrilled that we'll finally be giving Wilson his rightful playing time.
- Frye is Finished: We probably won't be seeing Charlie Frye for the rest of the season. According to ESPN's John Clayton, "A Wednesday visit to a hand specialist in Pittsburgh has all but killed any of those thoughts [of playing]. Frye has a broken bone on the top of his hand near his wrist and the doctor is telling him he needs four weeks of recovery before he can play." Derek Anderson has already been given the nod to start this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Catching Up on IR: Let's catch up on all of the injuries/signings of the week. Jason Wright was placed on the IR, and we promoted RB Chris Barclay from the practice squad to take his place. To fill D'Qwell Jackson's roster spot, the Browns signed LB Clifton Smith, who was with the team in training camp. We also placed Kelly Butler on the IR with a broken foot, and replaced him with LB Nick Speegle. That's right, Nick SPEEEEEEEEgle is back!
- Who's Our Runner?: With Jason Wright, the Browns had been giving him equal time with Reuben Droughns the past few weeks. However, with Jerome Harrison as the primary backup this week, I would expect us to pound away with Droughns for most of the game. Since the Buccaneers are a team we can beat too, I'd actually expect quite a heavy dose of Droughns, and perhaps even a season-high in carries.
- Televised on FOX: Just in case you didn't realize it, the Browns game will be aired on FOX this week. And, unfortunately, we are probably playing in the most unanticipated game of the week (the same holds for next week's game against the Texans).