Charlie Frye will not rule himself out, but he appears very doubtful for
Sunday's game in Baltimore.
Frye bruised his right wrist in the Browns' win over Kansas City on Dec. 3 and
did not grip or throw a football for the next 10 days.
Frye said he will try to if he can throw on Wednesday, but it appears likely
Derek Anderson will get his second start against the Ravens.
"Everything goes through this for me to be able to play," Frye said of his
Anderson played very well in the win over Kansas City, and played better than
the results showed in Pittsburgh. Dropped passes hurt him, but he still threw
for 276 yards.
The Ravens gained a lot of respect for Frye in the first game this season, a
Baltimore hit Frye mercilessly, but he kept coming. Anderson is less mobile, and
it will be interesting to see how he fares against the Ravens' relentless rush.
QB Derek Anderson has shown an uncanny knack for getting rid of the ball
quickly. Anderson seems to see the field quickly, but he also faced a Pittsburgh
team that didn't blitz a lot since it was missing S Troy Polamalu. The Ravens
will give Anderson one more test.
RB Reuben Droughns' miserable season continues. Droughns ran for just six
yards against Pittsburgh. Among the many disappointments of the Browns season,
Droughns' lack of production ranks high.
WR Braylon Edwards continues to rankle teammates by not playing on Sunday.
Edwards dropped two key passes against Pittsburgh. Though he scored a touchdown
late, the team is still waiting to see the player worthy of the third overall
WR Joe Jurevicius has been rediscovered in the offense the past two weeks.
Jurevicius has 31 catches this season, and 13 came in the last two games. Seven
were in Pittsburgh, where he was the only wideout not fazed by the cold.
TE Kellen Winslow lost some respect from the Steelers for his late and
blindside hit on James Farrior. Winslow showed some fight in standing up to the
Steelers, but his hit was clearly cheap and dangerous.
DE Orpheus Roye will miss the rest of the season with a sprained MCL. Roye is
a good player who is strong in run defense. The drop-off from him to Simon Fraser is noticeable.
S Brian Russell probably will miss the rest of the season due to what appears
to be the recurrence of a staph infection in his arm. Russell is one of several
Browns who have had staph, a trend that is disturbing to the team and players.
LB Willie McGinest did not show up much against Pittsburgh. McGinest has not
had a major impact in Cleveland since signing as a free agent, with bad games
following good ones.
WR Dennis Northcutt probably played himself out of Cleveland and maybe even
off the field with a miserable night in Pittsburgh. Northcutt dropped several
passes, and just did not seem interested.
QB Charlie Frye probably will not face the Ravens, but he still consider the
starting job his. Asked if he expected to start if healthy, Frye did not
hesitate when he said yes.
LB D'Qwell Jackson may be slowed this week with turf toe. That's a tough
condition for a linebacker to play through. If Jackson can't play, rookie Leon Williams would.