Around the NFL: Weeden says Browns fans shouldn’t panic
Despite what it seemed like after the Cleveland Browns’ 27-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the sky is not falling, quarterback Brandon Weeden said yesterday.
“I don’t think there’s any reason to push the panic button like a lot of people want to, but we’v e got to learn from it,” Weeden said. “We’ve got to take the things that we didn’t do very well and correct them and get better.”
Long-downtrodden Browns fans were optimistic after the team opened the preseason with two victories. But the Colts loss, to some, signaled that Cleveland might be in for another long season.
“People are creatures of habit. You lose a game and it’s just like everybody wants to (panic),” Weeden said. “But the attitude in here has been great all day. ... We’re excited. We saw the mistakes, and they’re all fixable.”
He acknowledged that the offense’s woeful performance against a good Colts team on Saturday was a wakeup call.
“Sometimes you need that,” he said. “You need a little slap in the face to say, ‘Listen, you’ve got to continue to grind.’ It’s human nature to get a little ahead of yourself, but what better timing. It doesn’t count in the win-loss record.”
The Browns play their final exhibition game on Thursday at Chicago. Most teams are expected to rest their starters for the regular-season opener the following week, but coach Rob Chudzinski said yesterday that he was leaning toward having Cleveland’s starters play against the Bears, at least for a bit.
Weeden said he would be fine with that.
“If that’s what he wants to do, absolutely, I’m all for it,” he said.
— Mary Kay Cabot
The Plain Dealer
Browns cut Norwood
The Browns released third-year receiver Jordon Norwood and four other players as they try to get down to today’s roster limit of 75.
Also waived were receiver Cordell Roberson, defensive back Vernon Kearney, defensive lineman Dave Kruger and linebacker Tommy Smith.Running back Dion Lewis was placed on season-ending injured reserve after undergoing surgery last week to repair a fractured fibula.Lewis, who averaged 4.5 yards on his 10 carries and caught seven passes for 37 yards and a touchdown, was injured against Detroit on Aug. 15.
Teams must have their rosters pared to 53 on Sunday.
• New Orleans outside linebacker Will Smith, one of the Saints’ top pass-rushers the past nine seasons, has a knee injury that will sideline him for the entire season, a person familiar with the situation said.
The injury apparently occurred on Sunday during an exhibition game against Houston.
Smith, drafted 18th overall in 2004 out of Ohio State, spent his first nine seasons as a defensive end. This year, he switched to outside linebacker in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme.
• Among the notable cuts around the NFL yesterday were two former Browns receivers: Braylon Edwards was released by the New York Jets, and Donte Stallworth was let go by the Washington Redskins.