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Center, tight end, Fraley doesn't mind being a do-it-all

By Stephanie Storm Published: October 28, 2009

He's listed as an offensive lineman, but Hank Fraley has played many fill-in roles for the Browns this season.

After starting all 16 games last season at center, the 10-year veteran has registered starts at guard and tight end so far this season and helped out in various other roles.

"Every year I take that mindset that (if I'm not playing) center, hopefully I can play guard or tackle," Fraley said. "I joke with them all the time, but it's whatever I can do to help the team. This year it's been trying to help (rookie center Alex) Mack out, make sure he's on top of everything because I know how it can be as a rookie and just going out and playing. "

With tight end regulars Steve Heiden (knee) and Robert Royal (hamstring, finger) sidelined for last week's game against visiting Green Bay with injuries, Fraley and newcomer Michael Gaines were tabbed as starters.

"For anybody who has started for a long time, in the back of your mind you're always going to want to be in the game and playing as a starter," he said. " But you do have to know your roles. Right now, my role is to help out the guys and be ready if something does happen."

Still, it doesn't mean the guy can't dream about someday recording his first touchdown.   

"I don't know if we have routes built in for me yet," Fraley said with a laugh. "But if I were to get a touchdown, I'd probably do what my father always taught me - just hand the ball to the ref and act like you've been there.


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