Preseason game number 3: Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts
Andy Baskin, newsnet5.com
6:05 PM, Aug 23, 2013
6:30 PM, Aug 23, 2013
BEREA, Ohio - The Browns wrapped up "mock week" and now find themselves one state over in Indiana to take on the Indianapolis Colts Saturday at 7 p.m.
The big headlines this past week included the announcement of two guys who have won starting jobs for the start of the season. Quarterback Brandon Weeden and free safety Tashaun Gipson. Both named by head coach Rob Chudzinski this week.
Weeden is coming off of two very strong preseason games with no turnovers..
Starting defensive lineman Desmond Bryant and kicker Brandon Bogotay will be out for this week and will not play in the game.
Defensive back Chris Owens, wide out Davone Bess and linebacker Jabaal Sheard all did not practice on Thursday. Chuzinski said that he held them out of practice.
"They would be able to play in a regular-season game. They would be fine in a regular-season game. They will be questionable for the game; we'll be smart with them and wanted to make sure we were smart with them today."
Starters are expected to play into the third quarter.
"As far as some of the guys that would potentially fill in, obviously at right guard, Oniel Cousins will start the game. At defensive end, Billy Winn will start for Desmond Bryant. As far as the other guys go, they are questionable. We will wait to see with them," Chudzinski said.
Browns start running back Trent Richardson may play less that the regular starters. His past injuries are an issue and this game doesn't count, if your counting wins towards a Super Bowl.
Rookie defensive back Leon McFadden will be the nickel corner, linebacker Quentin Groves will be the outside linebacker and wide out Travis Benjamin, as well as wide out Josh Cooper, would be the guys at receiver, if Bess does not play.
"We've had a good week, going through the process this week of our mock week. Our approach on road trips is as a business trip and we will have that approach tomorrow as the guys come over. We'll meet and get on the plane and head out for the game. Obviously this will be a good opportunity, as I have mentioned all week long, playing against a really good football team. We will get another chance to see where we are at and assess ourselves as a team," Cudzinski said.
The Browns wrap up the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 31 in Chicago. The NFL roster cuts are coming this week with the first on Aug. 27. Rosters must get down to 75 players.
Four days later, on Aug. 31, the Browns will be cutting another 22 players to get down to the 53-man roster maximum.