BEREA—The Browns suffered more than their 10th loss of the season as they suffered four more serious blows to their defensive unit.
Shaun Rogers will have surgery on his lower leg and will miss the remainder of the season on injured reserve.
Brodney Pool suffered another concussion and his status is uncertain.
Kenyon Coleman and Kamerion Wimbley were also injured and their status will be updated later in the week.
“It’s tough,” Eric Mangini said on the loss of Rogers. “He’s big. He’s destructive. The opponent has to deal with him.
“Our whole interior has changed, now,” he said. “We lost Eric (Barton) and D’Qwell (Jackson) and now Shaun.”
Mangini said that Rogers wasn’t being shut down because the team is 1-10.
“No, he’s having surgery,” he said. “He wants to be out there.”
Mangini wouldn’t give the specific injury, other than it was his lower leg. It is believed to be his ankle.
Ahytba Rubin is slated to replace Rogers at the nose.
“Rubin has done a good job and this gives him a really good opportunity to play,” Mangini said. “He’s very good with his hands and his hand placement. He’s got better at shedding the blocker and being patient with the offensive player he’s up against.
“A lot of things that come with experience.”
Pool has dealt with concussions since the opening kickoff of his rookie season and Mangini said the Browns will approach his future very carefully.
“Brodney had a concussion and we’ll wait and see what happens,” he said. “We take it very seriously and we’ll see what is the best way to evaluate a player and bring him back. We’ll go through the process.
“The best thing to do is to listen to the people who know how to treat the injuries and be supportive of the players.”
Mangini wouldn’t comment on whether he thought Pool might be forced to quit playing football due to the number of concussions suffered.
“I don’t know all of the things that are being discussed, but we want to put the players in the best situations for them.
“We’ve tried to be very aggressive with concussions,” he said. “We don’t want to put the player at any risk. It’s something we take very seriously. Medically, I don’t get involved in the specific parts, but take the lead from the medical staff.”
It’s assumed that Mike Adams will step in for Pool at free safety if Pool can’t go.
“We’ll look at San Diego and see where Mike (Adams) fits in back there.”
Coleman and Wimbley also suffered injuries, but Mangini didn’t indicate that either was as serious as Rogers or Pool.
“With Kenyon and Kam, it will be wait and see and it will take some time to see where they are this week,” he said.
Not Giving Up: Mangini said he wasn’t worried about the team giving up with a 1-10 record and a barrage of injuries.
“I’m not worried about this group of guys,” he said. “Every week we have an opportunity to deal with adversity and I haven’t questioned their effort to this point. I expect this group of guys to maintain their commitment to the team.”
Allen over Robiskie: Mangini said that WR Jake Allen has made an impression in his short time here and was able to be active over WR Brian Robiskie against the Bengals.
“Jake has had two really good weeks since he’s been here,” he said. “Brian has had a lot of opportunities and has to keep working.”
By the Numbers: QB Brady Quinn is now 95-of-175 for 912 yards (54.3) with five touchdowns and five interceptions. His QB rating is 66.7…RB Jamal Lewis has 500 yards on 143 carries for a 3.5 average with no touchdowns…The Browns still have no rushing touchdowns by any of their running backs. The only rushing touchdowns were made by QB Brady Quinn and two by QB Derek Anderson…WR Mohamed Massaquoi leads the receivers with 26 receptions for 485 yards (18.7 avg.) with one touchdown.
Home Cooking: The Browns play four of their final five games at home to close out the 2009 season. They host the Chargers, Steelers, Raiders and Jaguars. They are currently 0-4 at home and were 1-7 at home last season. The only away game left on the schedule is on Dec. 20 at Kansas City.
Bringing in Charlie: With speculation on Charlie Weis being fired at Notre Dame, Mangini was asked if he’d be interested in bringing Weis to the Browns to be re-united with QB Brady Quinn.
“I really like Charlie,” Mangini said. “I haven’t heard any news on him.
“I haven’t thought about that and really don’t know what his situation is,” he said. “He’s a good friend and a good coach.”