BEREA - Center Jeff Faine is convinced that the brace he wears
saved him from a serious knee injury last Sunday against Oakland.
Faine sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee when his body
became twisted while run blocking for William Green in the fourth quarter. An
opposing player fell on his leg as it was suspended in air.
"I would have lost all three (ligaments) if I hadn't been
wearing the brace, without a doubt," Faine said. "I knew exactly when it
happened what happened. I felt a pop. There was pain there. I knew it was my MCL.
If I had been able to drag my leg inside the brace, it would have collapsed."
Faine began wearing knee braces in high school, and he wore
them throughout his career at Notre Dame. Although the braces can slow down a
player, Faine thinks they're worth the hassle.
"A lot of guys think they slow them down," Faine said. "I'm of
the opinion that you're going to be pretty slow if you lose the ACL (anterior
cruciate ligament) and MCL. You aren't going to be able to walk. I'd rather take
the risk of running a 4.95 instead of a 4.92."
Faine grabbed his knee immediately after suffering the injury,
and he took several seconds to stand up. Quarterback Tim Couch waved to the
sideline to get a replacement in at center, but Faine remained on the field for
the remainder of what was the Browns' final drive.
"They sent someone out there to get me, but I stayed out
there," he said. "The game was going well, and I wanted to stay out there."
PRACTICE SQUAD SIGNEES: Concerned about depth on the offensive line
because of injuries, the Browns signed linemen Dave Petruziello and Noah Swartz
to the practice squad.
Petruziello, who played at Mentor Lake Catholic and Michigan, was signed by New
England as an undrafted free agent this year. The Patriots waived him July 22.
Swartz, who played at the University of Toledo, was signed as a rookie free
agent by Dallas this year. Cincinnati claimed him off waivers July 29 and waived
him Aug. 12.
The Browns lost defensive back David Young, who had been on
the practice squad. Young was signed by the New York Jets.
NO LEE YET: Although players that are on the physically unable to perform
list are now eligible to be activated, Davis has no immediate plans to do
anything with Lee Suggs. The rookie running back had shoulder surgery last May,
but he said he's healthy and ready to play.
Coaches can immediately activate a player from the PUP list. Another option is
to use a 21-day window from the time a player begins practicing.
INJURY REPORT: Offensive lineman Barry Stokes (ankle) is listed as
probable on the Browns injury report. Faine and offensive guard Shaun O'Hara
(knee) are listed as doubtful.
For the Chargers, tight end Alexander Stephen (groin) and
receiver Reche Caldwell (wrist) are out. Listed as questionable are defensive
end Adrian Dingle (knee), receiver Adrian Parker (shoulder), linebacker Carlos Polk (knee), tight end Josh Norman and offensive lineman Solomon Page (ankle).
HONORING THE LEGENDS: The Browns will honor defensive lineman Bob Gain,
offensive tackle Dick Schafrath and cornerback Hanford Dixon as the newest
members of the Browns Legends. Honorees are selected by a media panel and
represent one of three eras in team history. Joe DeLamielleure, who was inducted
into the Hall of Fame this year, will also be honored.
Thirty-five members of the 1980 Kardiac Kids team will be
honored at halftime on Sunday. Included among those expected to be in attendance
is former coach Sam Rutigliano.
Mike wraps up the day's events from Berea, providing more detail on Jeff Faine's injury and the first response from the coaching staff about the immediate fate of Lee Suggs...