Browns links: Weeden aspires to be Flacco

A look at what's happening on the Cleveland Browns beat:

  • Rookie first-round pick Barkevious Mingo has been cleared to play for the first time since suffering a bruised lung in an Aug. 15 preseason game. How much will be play? Coach Rob Chudzinski plans to monitor Mingo’s progress throughout the week before making a call on his status for Sunday. Mingo is listed as the backup to outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard and could play on special teams. “I feel better knowing that I’m able to play if I’m called upon,” Mingo said, via The Plain Dealer.

  • Brandon Weeden aspires to be Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco but is nowhere close, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. “Neither one of us is the most fleet-of-foot guys, but if we need to get out of the pocket, we can make a throw,” Weeden said. “We can do that. I think there are some similarities there. [Flacco is] a big guy with a big arm. He extends the ball. And he’s got one thing that I don’t have — playoffs and all of those things. Yeah, he’s a good player, and if I can model my game after that, it would be a good one.”

  • Weeden ripped the Sports Illustrated article that alleges Oklahoma State players were paid by coaches on an incentive basis from 2001-11, The Plain Dealer reported. "I've read the first story that came out and literally I laughed throughout the entire thing," said Weeden, who played at Oklahoma State from 2008 to 2011. "It's comical for a lot of reasons and I won't go through the whole deal, but obviously it's dealing more with before I got there. First of all, clean slate, I didn't take any money or do anything like that. That wasn't the issue."

  • The Browns are 3-2 in their previous five meetings with defending Super Bowl champions, according to the team's official website. Cleveland even has one win on the road, winning at New Orleans on Oct. 24, 2010. "We’re excited about playing this game and embracing the challenge of what that brings in the opportunity to play the team that’s just won the Super Bowl,” Chudzinski said.