Daylon McCutcheon plans to play against the Dolphins Sunday. He is listed as
probable with a bruised abdomen suffered in a collision with Steelers receiver
Hines Ward last week. McCutcheon practiced Wednesday
He talked about the ordeal in Pittsburgh and was understandably frightened.
"I knew it wasn't anything to my back or neck, but I couldn't breathe,"
McCutcheon said Wednesday. "It was painful. I've had the wind knocked out of me
plenty of times. This was way worse than any of those times."
McCutcheon was hurt while disrupting Ward from catching the ball cleanly. The
play was being reviewed as doctors tended to McCutcheon. McCutcheon admitted
with a smile that at the time he was thinking about survival more than the pass.
The original call of touchdown was overturned
All tests for internal injuries were negative. McCutcheon said he is still
sore, but not as sore as he was Monday.
McCutcheon is already looking forward to the rematch with Ward when the
Browns play the Steelers Dec. 24. Ward caught eight passes for 124 yards against
the Browns last week.
INSURANCE PREMIUM: Coach Romeo Crennel added cornerback James Thornton
to the practice squad Wednesday. Punter Gabe Lindstrom was released from the
practice squad to make room for Thornton. Thornton has not played in an NFL
game, but Crennel wanted insurance in case McCutcheon cannot play.
Thornton, 5-11, 185 pounds from Morris Brown College, was signed as an
undrafted rookie by the Bears in 2003. He was cut Aug. 19, 2003, by the Bears
and did not play again until the Falcons signed him June 16 of this year. The
Falcons waived him Sept. 3.
ANDRUZZI, COLEMAN LIMPING: The biggest injury concerns for the Browns
are at guard. Left guard Joe Andruzzi is listed as doubtful with injuries to his
right knee and right calf. Right guard Cosey Coleman is questionable with a
sprained right knee. The injury kept him out of the game last week. Mike Pucillo
would replace Andruzzi. Dave Yovanovits would replace Coleman.
RUNNING BACKS BACK? Running back Lee Suggs is not on the injury report
for the first time in five weeks. He will have to play with a protective brace
on his right thumb, which was fractured Oct. 9, but tunning back William Green
is listed as doubtful with his sprained right ankle.