BEREA - Big Shaun Rogers downplayed his return to Detroit for Saturday’s preseason game with the Lions. It will mark the return of Rogers to the site where he played his first seven NFL seasons. Most players have a little extra incentive to go back to a former team. Rogers went to the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Lions.
“I’m just trying to win a game,” Rogers said. “I try to play every game with intensity and do the best I can.”
Romeo Crennel said he expects Rogers to be up for the game.
“I think he will be excited to play his former team,” he said.
Rogers has been suffering from soreness during training camp, but he said he wanted to play last week against the Giants, but Romeo Crennel felt it was best to hold him out.
“I always want to play, but Romeo felt the best thing for the team was to hold me out.”
Crennel has seen enough of Rogers to be impressed, thus far.
“He’s coming along good,” Crennel said. “We like what he can bring to the table”
The first unit of defensive linemen only played a series against the Jets and Rogers was out of the Giants’ game. However, Rogers thinks during training camp the unit of Corey Williams, Robaire Smith and himself have come together well.
“I think we have good chemistry, really strong chemistry and have been able to gel as a unit,” he said.
Crennel wants to see more in the game.
“We will be looking to see if they fit and play together.”
Injury Update: Crennel said there were only a couple of additions to the injury list. TE Steve Heiden sat out with a back injury and FB Charlies Ali had a burner. The other players status remained the same. QB Derek Anderson (concussion), RB Jamal Lewis (hamstring), LB Willie McGinest (groin), DB Brodney Pool (concussion), WR Joshua Cribbs (ankle) and DL Louis Leonard (foot) all missed practice and are expected to miss Saturday’s game with the Lions. DB Sean Jones was back at practice.
“DA’s doing better,” Crennel said. “I don’t know when he will be able to play.”
Crennel was asked if Anderson is cleared before the fourth preseason game, would he play.
“If he’s cleared, he will play in the fourth preseason game.”
New Guy: Travis Daniels was on the practice field wearing No. 23 and said he’s ready to go.
“I feel wonderful,” Daniels said after practice. “I feel excited to have this opportunity with the Browns. I just love to compete and want to make the most of the opportunity.”
Crennel said he wasn’t sure if Daniels would play against the Lions.
“I’m not sure what he knows,” Crennel said. “I haven’t bee able to sit down with him, but I know he was with Coach (Nick) Saban at LSU. They use similar terminology.”
Tribute to Upshaw, Jones: Crennel mentioned the passing of Cleveland congressman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Gene Upshaw.
“Cleveland has lost Stephanie Tubbs Jones,” he said. “She has had a tremendous career and Cleveland will miss her.”
Upshaw, 63, died of pancreatic cancer and was a Hall of Fame player and the NFLPA’s leader.
“Gene Upshaw was a really good player and had the NFL’s best interests at heart,” he said. “He will be missed.”
TE Darnell Dinkins, who is the Browns’ player rep talked about Upshaw.
“Gene Upshaw was a great guy for us as players,” Dinkins said. “The union went from nothing to what it is under him. Our hearts go out to his family.”
Quick Hits: The team started in pads and then switched to shorts midway through practice … QB Brady Quinn hit WR Travis Wilson on a slant for a touchdown and then a short screen to RB Jerome Harrison for a score in goal line situation … FB Lawrence Vickers dropped a screen pass from Quinn … QB Ken Dorsey hit WR Paul Hubbard for a touchdown.