Browns practice update

August, 20, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

 
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 Brady Quinn will get his first NFL start when the Browns take on Detroit this Saturday.

BEREA, Ohio -- Training camp is officially over.

But with full practices still open to the media, we decided to spend the day with the Cleveland Browns, who are returning from a 37-34 preseason loss to the New York Giants.

The major news was, as expected, backup quarterback Brady Quinn will get his first career start Saturday against the Detroit Lions. Starter Derek Anderson suffered a mild concussion Monday and wasn't at practice. So Quinn got all the reps Wednesday with the first team.

"You gotta have fun with it, especially my first time," Quinn said. "I get to start now. So it will be a good opportunity, and I'm looking forward to it."

Here are some other items from Wednesday's practice:

  • Browns head coach Romeo Crennel was in midseason form today as he was not very forthcoming with injury information. Anderson, safety Brodney Pool (concussion) and kick returner Joshua Cribbs (sprained ankle) were all hurt Monday against New York, but the team isn't providing an estimated timeline for any of the players.

"Nope, you know I don't give you timelines," Crennel said. "They're going to work hard to get back, and they'll be back when they can."

  • In other injury news, starting running back Jamal Lewis sat out of practice with a tweaked hamstring, but it's nothing major. Safety Sean Jones also practiced light today with general soreness.
  • Several questions revolved around what happened in the first half of Monday's game when the starters fell behind 30-3. The Browns scored the game's first points on a field goal, and it went all downhill from there as the Giants scored 30 unanswered points in less than two quarters.

"We'll learn from it," Browns middle linebacker Andra Davis said. "It will be a good thing for us. It brought us back down to earth."

  • Cleveland's struggling secondary received additional help Wednesday when the team traded for Miami Dolphins defensive back Travis Daniels, who has experience at both corner and safety. The Browns gave Miami a conditional draft pick and waived cornerback Mil'Von James to make room for the move.

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