Browns’ McCown says he will not miss any practice due to hand injury in Sunday’s game
McCown believes he suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game when he got stepped on. X-Rays were negative following Sunday’s game and McCown says he will not miss any practice time this week ahead of Sunday’s game with the San Diego Chargers.
The Browns had a chance to tie the game late in the 4th quarter despite a sloppy offensive performance all day long. McCown was trying to connect with Travis Benjamin near the endzone but his pass was picked off.
“The location of the throw was not where I wanted it,” said McCown. “It’s not the type of throw I wanted to make so I felt like everything I did on the play, my intention was to hold him and what we did was good, it was just getting enough on the ball.”
The Browns defense, the highest paid in the league, continues to struggle in both the passing game and stopping the run. The Browns are ranked 27th overall giving up 395 yards a game and are the league’s worst when it comes to stopping the run. Mike Pettine said the team had 14 missed tackles and that’s the root of the defensive woes.
“The tackling has been the most troubling,” said Pettine. “There has been some technical issues, how we are playing double teams and some of the guys on the edge, losing the edge, but it has been a mixture.”
You can point to a lot of troubling things about the Browns through three games of the season and maybe perhaps their 2014 Draft class should be one of them. The Raiders used their first two picks in the 2014 draft to beat the Browns in linebacker Khalil Mack who was taken 5th overall after the Browns traded back to get cornerback Justin Gilbert. Mack had 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss and 2 QB hits. Derek Carr, the Raiders QB, was drafted in the second round behind Johnny Manziel who was taken 22nd overall by the Browns. Carr threw for 314 yards and 2 TDs. Justin Gilbert didn’t take a defensive snap and Manziel never played. Mike Pettine said that’s not a fair assessment.
“Doesn’t even enter into our thought process,” Pettine said. “Our guys that our Cleveland Browns on our roster, we coach them up hard; we build a plan and go out and win a game. You don’t get into the what-ifs. I know the end of the movie now, I can go back and second guess things; that is not how we work.”
Along those lines, the Browns have not had discussions about cutting WR Dwayne Bowe who was a healthy scratch on Sunday. He was given $9 million guaranteed and has only played 1 game and has zero catches.
“Dwayne will help us,” said Pettine. “He’s just not there yet. He is going to play; it’s a long year.”
Game 4 of the season is Sunday in San Diego against the Chargers (1-2). The Browns have plenty of things to fix between now and then. Continuing Browns coverage right here.