BEREA – Things seems to always go from bad to worse for second-year cornerback Michael Lehan.
Lehan re-injured his left foot while playing last Saturday against Detroit. He originally sprained the foot during a workout the first week of camp and missed more than one week of work.
Lehan had the foot in a walking boot after the initial injury. This time the foot is wrapped in a plastic cast and is tightly wrapped.
“I don’t know the specifics of what’s going on,” Lehan said. “I don’t know if it’s worse or the same. It looks bad, but it’s not as bad as it looks.”
Lehan can’t recall a specific play in which he was hurt. It more than likely was an accumulation of repetitions throughout play.
“With the position I play and the way the foot is structured, playing DB (defensive back) puts a lot of pressure on the foot,” he said. “I was backpedaling and coming out of breaks. It (coming back too soon) is a possibility.”
Lehan missed one game last season with a calf injury and three with a pulled hamstring. He played games late in the season with a shoulder injury that required surgery during the offseason.
“Bummed out doesn’t even scratch the surface of how I’m feeling,” he said. “It’s one of those things you have to deal with.”
MORE WALKING WOUNDED: Offensive lineman Joaquin Gonzalez has a high ankle sprain. Coach Butch Davis said it’s day to day, but don’t expect Gonzalez to play Saturday against Kansas City. Rookie Kirk Chambers will replace Gonzalez as the backup tackle behind Ross Verba.
Safety Chris Crocker skipped Monday’s short practice session. Crocker suffered a mild concussion against the Lions.
Linebacker Chaun Thompson will have his left wrist re-examined Thursday. Thompson broke a bone in the wrist and subsequently had surgery three weeks ago. He won’t play Saturday against Kansas City, but he hopes to play the following Friday against Chicago.
ZUK NOT A SURE STARTER: Paul Zukauskas didn’t exactly take a stranglehold on the starting job at left guard with his performance against the Lions.
“I wished there would have been a little more clarification,” Davis said. “Paul did a good job. He didn’t take any steps backwards. With a week of practice Enoch made a little bit of a stride. We’re going to continue rotating those two guys back and forth to see if an extra week of practicing at guard helps Enoch some.”
NOT SAFE YET: Running back Dee Brown isn’t counting himself in as a member of the 53-man roster. Brown gained some ground with a 56-yard return of a kick against Detroit.
“When I get on the field, every aspect is important,” Brown said. “If you go out with a loafing mentality that you don’t have to work hard on this aspect of the game, you will be cut. You’ll see your butt at home one day.”
BIG TALK, BUT NOT BIG MONEY: Defensive tackle Gerard Warren is talking big after a solid showing last Saturday. He’s in better shape than at any time in his career.
Asked if any offensive lineman can handle him one-on-one, Warren said, “They’d have a heck of a job on double team. In one-on-one, I don’t see a guy stopping me.”
Warren, who changed his number to 61, says the old 94 no longer exists. He also seems to be adopting his college nickname of “Penny” instead of the “Big Money” moniker he received in high school.
“I became Penny in college because my coach didn’t want me to believe all the way into the myth and use it as a goal to reach the things I wanted to attain throughout life,” he said. “He told me, ‘You start from Penny and grind from the bottom all the way to the top, and you’ll earn the nickname Big Money.’ ”