and now...Joe Jurevicius.
It was confirmed on Friday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Jurevicius contracted a staph infection following his knee surgery in early January. The good news is that Jurevicius is recovering well and is expected to participate in the team's activities in May and minicamp in June. Jurevicius has already stated that he may retire after this season. One funny thing though: I seem to recall a couple of months ago that there were rumors started and promoted by fans that the entire demeanor from Jurevicius and the team seemed to indicate that something was wrong (the fans suggested a staph infection). That's why this didn't really come as a big surprise to me, and I'm sure it wasn't a surprise for some of you either.
Hopefully this is as far as it goes with the dreaded staph infection curse. After being plagued with team injuries and staph infections for several years, the Browns were one of the healthiest teams in football last year on offense.
I completed my own personal first round mock draft over at Pro Football Critics. I hated not being able to pick for the Browns in that draft just as much as I hated not picking for the Browns in SB Nation's amazingly sophisticated ongoing mock draft. Be sure to check both of them out.
In the coming days, I'm going to research the Internet for as many decent mock drafts that go into the fourth round, and take a look at what others believe our "first pick" might be. As the draft draws nearer, I'll discuss trade possibilities and who I'd like to see the Browns take. I wish I could provide some more updates than I've been doing, but without any early draft picks, the buzz on the Browns is about as low-key as you can get right now.
P.S. I apologize for making you stare at Kenny Wright's ridiculous picture for over a week (who, according to one user, is not a defensive back).