But King didn't get much of a chance. On Cleveland's second possession, he sprained his ankle after making a catch. The injury wasn't apparent right away. He went back to the huddle, but as the Browns lined up for the next play, he fell. He explained later that he was testing the ankle after leaving the huddle, and he couldn't bear weight on it.
Bryant played 22 plays and caught two passes for 26 yards. Most
impressively to Butch Davis, Bryant made only one mental error.
As for Andre Davis, the receiver said he would be back for next week's game at Baltimore.
The move isn't a shock. Crocker had been sharing time with Little in recent games. Crocker, a 2003 third-round pick who also can play cornerback, has better man-to-man coverage skills than Little and is a better tackler. Last week against Philadelphia, he made a nifty play when he chased down wide receiver Greg Lewis on an end-around to prevent a potentially big gain and force a punt.
Against Pittsburgh earlier this month, Crocker intercepted a deflected pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Little had a career-high six interceptions in 2003, but he doesn't have any this season. Little is one of only four players remaining from the team's 1999 expansion season.
BY THE NUMBERS: 41. Number of years since the Browns won their first four home games of the season. Cleveland blew its chance to match that by losing to Philadelphia.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "On Friday (when I found out I was starting) it was like going down on Christmas and opening up your gifts. "(Now) it's like I opened up a bag of coal." - WR Andre King said, reflecting on the sprained ankle that knocked him out of Sunday's game in the first quarter.