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The Browns have lost reserve linebacker Kaluka Maiava for the season today when they placed the 2nd Year player on injured reserve with a leg injury.
Maiava suffered the injury during Sunday;s loss to the Chiefs. To replace him, the Browns resigned LB Titus Brown from Denver’s practice squad. Cleveland had waived Brown on September 9.
The Browns picked Maiava in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft after a 4-year career at USC.
Brown C Alex mack is fired up over what he says was a alleged holding penalty on Chiefs DL Shaun Smith. Smith didn’t grab Mack’s jersey, however. Mack is claiming that Smith, a former Browns D-Lineman, grabbed Mack’s junk.
“I don’t think he should be able to do that,” Mack said Monday. “I’m still fired up about it.”
Smith, for his part, denied any molestation of Mack.
“I don’t have no comment,” Smith said. “I don’t recall doing anything like that. I’m not known for being a dirty player or anything like that, so I don’t know what that was all about.”
- Ryan Succop kicked two second-half field goals to put the Chiefs in front, and Kansas City held on for a 16-14 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Succop connected on three field goals overall, while Brandon Flowers had an interception return for a touchdown for the Chiefs (2-0), who were coming off Monday night’s victory over San Diego. Kansas City has won its first two games for the first time since 2005.
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel finished with 176 yards on 16-of-28 passing and was intercepted twice.
Seneca Wallace, starting in place of an injured Jake Delhomme, passed for 229 yards with a touchdown and was intercepted once. Joshua Cribbs had a 65-yard touchdown reception for the Browns (0-2), who had won their last three home games.
The Chiefs trailed by four at the break, but began the second half with the ball and advanced inside the 10. But after Jamaal Charles was tackled for a loss on a 3rd-and-1 from the six, Succop kicked a 26-yard field goal.
Neither team threatened for the rest of the quarter, and Kansas City moved in front thanks to a long drive in the fourth.
The Chiefs took over at their own 27 with 14:12 to play and got into Browns territory. Cassel’s 15-yard pass to Chris Chambers had Kansas City at the eight with a first-and-goal, but the visitors were unable to convert, and Succop’s 23-yarder made it a 16-14 Chiefs lead with 7:41 left.
Kansas City’s defense took over from there, forcing the Browns to punt on the next two possessions. On the first play after the two-minute warning, the Chiefs converted a 4th-and-1, then ran out the clock.
The Chiefs got on the scoreboard first, after Jerome Harrison fumbled in his own territory. Kansas City, though, couldn’t get a first down and Succop made his 35-yard attempt with a little under nine minutes left in the first.
Late in the first quarter, the Browns were pinned at their own two-yard line to start a possession, but managed to drive the distance for a score.
Cleveland had a few big plays along the way, including a screen pass to Harrison that went for 23 yards and got the ball near midfield. Then, on the last play of the quarter, Wallace found Ben Watson open in the middle of the field for a catch-and-run play of 44 yards.
Peyton Hillis capped the drive with a one-yard run, as he spun off the line and got across the goal line 2 1/2 minutes into the second quarter. The 98-yard march was longer than any of Cleveland’s touchdown drives last season.
The Chiefs took the lead on the Browns’ next possession, as Flowers jumped inside Chansi Stuckey along the right sideline, made the interception and ran 33 yards into the end zone.
But the Browns countered quickly. On the third play of the ensuing drive, Wallace aired it out to Cribbs on a slant route toward the right hash. Cribbs had run past his defender, made the catch and escaped an ankle tackle on his way across the goal line on the 65-yard play.
The Browns intercepted Cassel on Kansas City’s next possession and again late in the half. They had a chance for points after the second one, but Phil Dawson’s 42-yard field goal was wide left, and Cleveland took the 14-10 lead into halftime.
Delhomme suffered an ankle injury in last week’s season-opening loss to Tampa Bay and did not practice during the week…In the last meeting between the teams, December 20 of last year, Harrison ran for a team-record 286 yards. However, on Sunday he was held to 33 yards on 16 carries. Hillis led the Browns with 35 rushing yards…Thomas Jones had 83 yards on the ground to pace the Chiefs.
The following players are inactive:
1. QB Jake Delhomme
2. WR Carlton Mitchell
3. TE Alex Smith
4. OL Steve Vallos
5. OL Shawn Lauvao
6. DL Derrick Roberson
7. LB D’Qwell Jackson
8. DB Derrick Roberson
LB David Bowens is active this week, as is S Nick Sorensen.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs have declared LB Charlie Anderson, CB Jackie Bates, TE Jake O’Connell, SS Jon McGraw, LB Justin Cole, FB Mike Cox, OT Ryan O’Callaghan, DL Tyson Jackson inactive for Week 2.
According to a tweet by Adam Schefter…
Question isn’t whether Browns QB Jake Delhomme will be ready for Chiefs; question is whether he’ll be ready next Sunday for Ravens.
That would lead us to believe that Seneca Wallace will get the start against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talked to the press Friday afternoon about several things, including the running backs on the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is how Ryan views the tandem of veteran Thomas Jones and youngster Jamaal Charles:
(On the different styles of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones) — “They are different styles. Thomas Jones is a grinder. I think he got about 1,400 yards rushing last year and is a super football player and a great veteran. He’s been in the league a long time and he’s always been effective. Then you got this Charles, this homerun hitter, who we were talking today that (Usain) Bolt guy might be faster but that might be about it. This guy can run, unfortunately we saw this guy to it to us last year. Is he the toughest guy in the world to pick up blitzes and things? I don’t know, I hope to find out. I know one thing he can run with that football, and he’s a weapon.”
(On needing to set an edge because of Jamaal Charles) — “The big thing with (Jamaal) Charles is he sets his own edge a lot of times. Guys will set an initial edge and he’ll actually go underneath him and back outside. That’s a very difficult thing to do you can’t simulate it in practice. He’s unique, I don’t see many guys doing that on Sunday’s and I’ve seen a lot of them. I’ll tell you what, that guy he really does a nice job.”
Ryan has good reason to praise Charles. Charles ran for 154 yards on 25 carries against the Browns last season. Over his final four games of the season, he averaged 164.5 yards a game.
Former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel is now the defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. This will be Crennel’s first return to Browns stadium as an opposing coach, and he hopes the Chiefs’ defense isn’t embarrassed like they were last year against Cleveland:
Q: Is it your sense that they carry some sort of embarrassment about them from that game?
CRENNEL: “I hope they do, because it was embarrassing. I don’t want to be embarrassed on Sunday.”
Crennel was also asked about running back Jerome Harrison, a player who Crennel always seemed to have something against for some reason:
Q: How do you stop a guy like RB Jerome Harrison?
CRENNEL: “It involves everyone on the defense doing their job first and then helping out. If you fit properly and be sure tacklers, maybe we can hold him down.”
To read the full interview, check out the Chiefs’ website.
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, Seneca Wallace has been told “somewhat” that he is the starter for Sunday. Wallace said:
I kind of got that feeling by being out at practice and [Delhomme’s] still walking around nursing his injury.
Wallace played well in the pre-season, posting 13 of 26 for 230 yards, 3 TD’s and 1 INT. Assuming Wallace is the starter, I believe the Browns will readjust their pass happy week one gameplan, to a more run centric one.
Sunday would be Seneca Wallace’s 15th career start, he is 5-9 in his previous 14 starts.
The Cleveland Browns have listed quarterback Jake Delhomme as doubtful on this weekend’s injury report.
If Delhomme’s injured ankle is too bad on Sunday, Seneca Wallace would more than likely get the start.
The rest of the injury report as follows:
Out: OT Shawn Lauvao (Ankle), LB D’Qwell Jackson (Chest)
Questionable: DL Shaun Rogers (Ankle, Hip)
Probable: LB Marcus Benard (Shoulder), LS Ryan Pontbriand (Ankle), DB Nick Sorensen (Head), OL Floyd Womack (Knee)
Sorensen and Pontbriand were able to fully participate in practice Friday while the rest were all either limited or held out all together.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme did not practice on Friday according to the Plain Dealer, marking the third consecutive day that he has not taken part in practice as he recovers from an ankle injury.
There’s still no word on whether the time Delhomme has missed will force him out of the starting lineup against the Kansas City Chiefs. If he can’t play, backup Seneca Wallace would take his place. The Browns also have the option of starting Delhomme but utilizing the Cyclone package to a much heavier extent.
Jim Brown, without a doubt the most recognizable and probably the best player in Cleveland Browns' history, has officially set in stone that he will not have any part in the Browns' "Ring of Honor" ceremony, set for halftime of the Browns' game with the Kansas City Chiefs at the Stadium on Sunday, essentially blaming Mike Holmgren.
Brown said (according to FOXnews.com): "No, I won't be going. My legacy won't be defined by Holmgren."
Holmgren, the FOXnews story went on, attempted to contact Brown to see if he could get Brown to change his mind, but was unsuccessful. Brown resents the fact that his duties as an adviser to Randy Lerner were diminished by Holmgren. Lerner sent a letter to Brown (as did Holmgren), but without success.
"I haven't heard from Jim, but the door is open", Holmgren said. "After he declined, I wrote another letter to him and again expressed my feelings on how much we would like him there, but understood that he might not be able to come."
A quick look at the injury situations for the Browns.
Did Not Practice: Jake Delhomme (ankle), D’Qwell Jackson (chest), Shawn Luavao (ankle), Derrick Roberson (hip), Shaun Rogers (hip, ankle)
Limited Participation: Marcus Benard (shoulder), Floyd Womack (knee)
Returned to Practice: Nick Sorensen (Head), Ryan Pontibrand (ankle)
Not too bad so far.
When: 1:00 p.m. Sunday CBS
Broadcast team: Don Criqui and Steve Beuerlein
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Breakdown: The Browns come off a crushing loss in Tampa Bay, a game where they seemed to be in control until the last minutes. On the flip side, the Chiefs come off possibly their biggest win in years, holding off San Diego on Monday Night. The Browns may or may not be without Jake Delhomme who is fighting an ankle issue. If he is unable to go, Seneca Wallace will be stepping in a leading the Browns. The Chiefs will be leaning on their running game with Jamal Charles, Thomas Jones and exciting rookie Dexter McCluster.
Players to watch: Jamaal Charles KC: If you don't get to watch Charles often, you are missing out. I think of him as a poor man's Chris Johnson. He has the ability to take a simple off tackle run to pay dirt every down. If the Browns are undisciplined in staying in running lanes, Charles could torch the Browns for 200 plus again.
Line: Browns are favored by 2