BEREA, Ohio—The big question is what’s going on with Jake Delhomme’s right ankle.
Delhomme met with the media and confirmed that he did have an MRI, but didn’t reveal what the results were. He was walking with a boot on the ankle.
“I have an ankle that is bothering me and I’ll leave it at that,” Delhomme said. “I took a (MRI) and I’m a big believer in what goes on in the training room, stays in the training room.”
Delhomme confirmed that the injury occurred on the interception to Ronde Barber, but said that wasn’t the cause of the interception.
Eric Mangini said Delhomme will not practice Wednesday and is day-to-day. Delhomme said once he missed a week of practice with Carolina, but played in the game.
“Once, I missed practice all week with a broken thumb and it worked out for me,” he said. “As a quarterback, I’m a firm believer in getting reps because it’s not old hat here and we’re still coming together as an offense.”
Mangini didn’t rule out Delhomme from Sunday’s game.
“He’s better,” he said. “He’s sore. In terms of how long he will be out, he’s a tough guy. I won’t characterize the injury, but he’s day-to-day.
“We’ll make a decision at the end of the week.”
Delhomme didn’t shed much light on the subject either.
“I’m always optimistic,” he said. “We’re going to be extremely aggressive in the treatment. I don’t ever recall having an ankle injury in my life, maybe in college, so I don’t know how it will respond. I’ll listen to the trainers and follow that protocol.”
Delhomme said the ankle was worse after the game.
“I knew at halftime I needed to be taped up, but adrenaline was flowing,” he said. “Naturally, if I felt I was going to be a detriment to the offense, I feel I’d be smarter than that and would come out because we have an extremely good other quarterback.”
“Often times with injuries it’s worse the day after the game,” Mangini said “It depends how the week goes. We had similar injuries to our quarterbacks in New York and they played.”
Mangini said he has no problems turning over the offense to Seneca Wallace, if need be.
“He can run anything we game plan for,” Mangini said. “You have the game plan and the quarterback picks out his favorite things and if he goes in, his priority sheet comes out. You want it to be a collaborative process.”
Wallace has more mobility and could present problems for the Chiefs in their preparation.
“He does present some different problems than Jake does,” Mangini said. “I’m sure they’ll game plan for both of them.”
Wallace said his approach is not much different than usual.
“I’m getting more of our team reps and more opportunity with the ones,” Wallace said. “It’s not much different because there is some different things in the game plan my job is to execute those plays as well as possible.”
Mangini said the Browns don’t lose anything by having Wallace at quarterback.
“I don’t think we have to lose anything,” he said. “Seneca has been effective in the no huddle and the other things we run. There are not a lot of plays on the call sheet that Seneca can’t do.”
If his number is called, Wallace plans to carry the torch.
“I want to try to keep working and help the offense not to miss a beat,” Wallace said. “This is a different system then what I was used to in Seattle, but it’s my job to come in and play.”
RACs Return: Romeo Crennel returns as defensive coordinator of the Chiefs fresh off an impressive performance against the Chargers on Monday Night Football. Crennel was 24-40 in his four seasons with the Browns.
Running Back by Committee: Last year against the Chiefs, it was running back Jerome Harrison’s coming out party. Harrison rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns in the Browns' 41-34 victory. It was the single-game rushing record previously held by Jim Brown and the third-highest single-game total in NFL history.
“It was pretty good and fun to watch,” Mangini said. “The O-line did well and Lawrence Vickers had a great game. (The Chiefs) had seven in the box a lot in a game.”
Mangini said that he expects to continue to use running back Peyton Hillis with Harrison.
“I’d imagine you’d see them both in every game,” he said. “They each have packages. I like what both guys can do in the passing game.
“I thought Jerome did a really nice job picking up the blitz on Mohamed’s (Massaquoi) touchdown and we wouldn’t have had that if he hadn’t made that play. Peyton is a good pass protector, as well.
“I have confidence in either one and it’s a good position to be in.”
Injury Update: Mangini said that OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle) and QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) will not practice Wednesday.
On Lauvao: “We’re a lot closer and closer,” Mangini said. “I was optimistic last week, but we’ll have to see.”
Mangini wouldn’t say if Rogers was sitting out to the ankle injury or a new one. He said Rogers played about 25 snaps against Tampa Bay.
“We were looking for that range for him,” he said. “We’re hoping to build up from there.”
Jackson Getting Close: Mangini said that linebacker D’Qwell Jackson might practice as soon as Friday.
“I think we have a real good chance of him practicing Friday.”
What About Pashos: Most fans thought OL Tony Pashos was signed as an unrestricted free agent to replace OL John St. Clair at right tackle, but that hasn’t been the case in the early going. St. Clair started and played the whole game against Tampa Bay and had a false start on fourth-and-four at the end of the game.
“I could see Tony play this week,” Mangini said. “There’s no lack of comfort there, but I’m comfortable if Tony plays.”
Roster Moves: DB DeAngelo Smith and RB Andre Anderson were released from the practice squad. The team signed a running back and defensive back, but didn’t have a release on the names and bios.