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10-22-2009, 03:02 AM
Cleveland Browns go into prevent defense, send home 12 players with flu symptoms
By Tony Grossi
October 22, 2009, 2:18AM
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Who says the Browns can't catch a thing?

Twelve players were sent home for precautionary reasons Wednesday when they reported to work with flu symptoms.

Among them were linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and nose tackle Shaun Rogers, who first got sick Sunday in Pittsburgh. Wimbley was sent home before the game and Rogers became ill as the game wore on. (No, not because of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, et al.)

Other starters missing from Wednesday's practice were center Alex Mack, safety Brodney Pool, tight end Robert Royal and fullback Lawrence Vickers.

The rest of the sick crew: running back Jerome Harrison, defensive back Anthony Madison, defensive end Brian Schaefering, receiver Chansi Stuckey, linebacker Jason Trusnik and defensive end Corey Williams.

Coach Eric Mangini, who has appeared under the weather since the Pittsburgh game, said no coaches were sick enough to miss work.

"They may not feel great, but that's typical for Wednesday," Mangini said.

Yes, gallows humor seems to be the order of the day. The Browns are 1-5 and have to prepare for the high-scoring Green Bay Packers -- eighth in points -- without at least four defensive starters.

Besides the flu-stricken players, the Browns will be without linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who is out for the year after undergoing shoulder surgery Wednesday.

Mangini said Wednesday he would weigh several options in replacing Jackson. David Bowens, rookies David Veikune and Kaluka Maiava, and Trusnik are all candidates to join Eric Barton at inside linebacker.

The way the flu has spread over Northeast Ohio in recent weeks, it's possible more players could be lost by the end of the week. If that happens, the Browns might seek roster relief from the NFL. But they would qualify only if a minimum of six players test for H1N1, or swine flu.

Mangini said none of the players has tested for swine flu.

On Oct. 2, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a directive to all clubs regarding a flu outbreak.

If a team has at least six players unable to participate as the result of confirmed or suspected cases of swine flu, it can promote players from its own practice squad to replace them without having to release others to make room. They can promote up to eight practice players, but only if the sick players have medically confirmed cases of swine flu.

"This procedure does not apply to any other type of flu or illness," Goodell wrote.

The directive was sent after the Houston Texans experienced a minioutbreak. About five of their players were stricken. Tight end Anthony Hill was confirmed to have H1N1. To date, Hill is the only NFL player to have a confirmed case of swine flu.

At the same time, clubs were encouraged to provide flu shots to players. The Browns did so, but taking the shots are not mandatory.

"I'm anti-flu shots," said receiver Mike Furrey. "I believe that once you take it, you end up getting sick."

Return specialist Josh Cribbs also said he didn't take a flu shot and was relying on "my good immune system" to keep him healthy.

Mangini said the team is being "really aggressive" in preventing the spread of flu to other players and that's why the 12 were sent home.

"Guys are going to be here on Sunday," Cribbs said.

The dropped-pass epidemic might be tougher to control.

Quarterback Derek Anderson has completed 11 of 41 passes in the previous two games since receiver Braylon Edwards was traded. He's fallen to 36th in the QB rankings of a 32-team league. Anderson's passer rating is 41.7.

An unofficial press box count has Browns receivers accounting for 16 drops in those 30 incompletions.

"We've got a lot of new guys. It's going to take time," Anderson said Wednesday. "It's not an issue of not being able to catch. We do it every day, every week. They've done it in games. We've had some issues, but they can play and they can all catch the ball well."

10-22-2009, 09:29 AM
Brady Quinn also got sent home ...

with cramps and a slight rash.

10-22-2009, 09:51 AM
The flu bug is running rampant in these parts. I just got over it and it is nasty. Cleveland Browns or not I feel sorry for these guys....it sucks!!!


10-22-2009, 10:30 AM
imagine what the browns fans have from watching them....

10-22-2009, 10:33 AM
Again, why don't they all get flu shots? Makes sense to me that every team should.


10-22-2009, 10:40 AM
Again, why don't they all get flu shots? Makes sense to me that every team should.


because that would makes sense, you cant do stuff that makes sense it cause a sence of safety and .normalcy...

10-22-2009, 10:54 AM
Brady Quinn also got sent home ...

with cramps and a slight rash.

Where's the cleaning coffee off the monitor icon when you need it :Clap

Iron Shiek
10-22-2009, 12:22 PM
First staph infection....now flu. Cleveland's locker room is a cesspool of disease... :brownssuck