Practice Notes: Dilfer Feels Better

Practice Notes: Dilfer Feels Better

Here is the latest from Friday's practice in Berea, where Trent Dilfer continues to battle back, and where there is little consensus among the linemen who who is basketball's best player. Really. Here's the latest...

Trent Dilfer's sore knee has improved, and now it looks like he will start against the Jaguars Sunday. He took half the snaps with the starters Thursday and half the snaps with the starters Friday. One difference between the two days - he stayed on the sideline when the rest of the team ran their sprints Thursday, but he ran with the rest of the pack Friday.

"I'm doing better, I've made strides," Dilfer said before practice. "Marty (trainer Marty Lauzon) has done a great job. If I have a chance, it's because of what he's doing. I'm encouraged."

Coach Romeo Crennel said he might wait until game time to name his starting quarterback because he wants to keep the Jaguars guessing. He is concerned the Jaguars will blitz like crazy of Charlie Frye starts.

"Even if I did know, why would I tell Jacksonville what we're doing," Crennel said. "Any advantage you could get, you better take it. If they have to wonder who nit's going to be, why not let them prepare for two (quarterbacks)."

Frye will probably get some playing time if Dilfer starts, Crennel said.

Browns go inside

Snow and cold weather drove the Browns inside for practice. They were outside in the cold the last two days and Crennel figured he could get more work done inside.

"We hope the weather is an advantage for us," Crennel said. "It's 67 or 68 degrees in Jacksonville. They come up here and it's 32 and the wind is blowing a little bit. Psychologically, it's an advantage for us. That being said, we still have to execute and do the things that give us an advantage."


Injury update

Left guard Joe Andruzzi was limited in practice. He still might play, but if he does he will not be 100 percent because of his calf injury... Nose tackle Ethan Kelly is feeling better and is going to try to play against the Jaguars. His status could be a game-time decision. If he cannot play, Jason Fisk will start and Nick Eason will be the backup nose tackle.


Friendly argument

The offensive linemen got into a loud debate about who is the better player right now - the Cavaliers' LeBron James or Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. James won, but it was not unanimous. "About three of those idiots said Kobe is better," left tackle L.J. Shelton said. "Bryant is a better defensive player, but LeBron makes the players around him better. That's the difference."

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