Browns-Bengals: War of Words Begins

Browns-Bengals: War of Words Begins

Chad Johnson is already telling the world that the Browns can't stop him again this year. Kellen Winslow and Leigh Bodden discuss Johnson's ability to beat the Browns secondary but, alas, "LeHigh Bowden" is not available for comment.

The war of words has begun in the battle between the Browns and Bengals boastful wide receiver Chad Johnson.

Browns tight end Kellen Winslow fired the first salvo Wednesday when he said Leigh Bodden is the best cornerback in the National Football League.

Johnson will be Bodden's assignment Sunday in Cincinnati. When the Browns and Bengals played last Dec. 11 in Paul Brown Stadium Johnson caught two passes for 22 yards.

"My boy Bodden is going to shut him down, as he did last year," Winslow said. "He's the best corner in the league, I think. It's a big challenge for him, but it's also a big challenge for Chad. So tell him that."

Johnson was told what Winslow said and he acted predictably, saying nobody can stop him. He dismissed what happened in Cincinnati last year by saying it was a windy day.

"I can't be stopped, regardless what Kellen Winslow feels," Johnson said. "That's good if he feels that way about his corners. I feel the same way about our corners. I feel our defense will shut down Kellen Winslow."

Last year on a national radio show Johnson referred to Bodden as the best cornerback he faced. He mispronounced his name, saying 'Lehigh Bowden,' but what's in a name. Bodden on Wednesday said he was flattered.

"I'm trying to be one of the best corners in the league and to do that I have to play good against the best. Nothing else motivates me. I motivate myself."

Bodden was assigned Johnson in the season opener last year. Johnson caught nine passes for 91 yards.


McCutcheon practices

Daylon McCutcheon returned to practice Wednesday. He has been unable to play since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 1. He will be the nickel back against the Bengals if he is cleared to play.


Jurevicius out

Joe Jurevicius will miss the Bengals game with a rib injury. The good news is his ribs are not broken, He was on the sideline during practice inside the fieldhouse and at one point was helping rookie Travis Wilson.

Coach Romeo Crennel would not speculate about Jurevicius' return. He said Jurevicius is 'week-to-week.' In the meantime Joshua Cribbs and Wilson will fill in.

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