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Heiden out for season

By Ron Ledgard Published: December 17, 2008

INJURY UPDATE — The carnage continues to pile up for the depleted Browns, as tight end Steve Heiden's season came to a premature end in Monday's game after tearing his ACL and straining his MCL.

''It's kind of tough at the tight end spot particularly, when you're one [Kellen Winslow] and two [Heiden] are not playing for you,'' said Crennel, who noted the team will likely have to sign an untested tight end for depth. ''But two big guys rolled up on [Heiden]. When that happens, those ligaments give a little bit.''

Crennel said Joshua Cribbs (low back tightness) and defensive back Brandon McDonald (shoulder) will not practice Wednesday while nursing minor injuries.

''Cribbs had that last week and worked through it, so we'll have to see how he goes this week,'' Crennel said. ''I feel like McDonald] will also be able to come back and play.''

Others expected to miss today's practice are Shaun Rogers (neck burner), defensive lineman Sean Smith (calf), linebacker Leon Williams (knee), Winslow (missed last two games with high ankle sprain), punter Dave Zastudil (knee), running back Jerome Harrison (ribs), running back Lawrence Vickers (reinjured ankle Monday).

''[Winslow's] out of his boot and beginning to run in the pool,'' Crennel said. ''So, hopefully he can continue to make progress.''

Rookie linebacker Beau Bell (knee scope) will join Heiden Thursday as both are scheduled to undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

AWESOME DAWSON — With two games in the season remaining, kicker Phil Dawson booted his franchise-record 30th field goal Monday night with a chip shot of a 27-yarder in the first quarter.

''He's been a consistent guy and done a good job for the Browns for a long time,'' Crennel said.

JUST PLAY — Browns receiver Braylon Edwards was not expected to make a return trip to the Pro Bowl this season because of leading the NFL in drop passes.

Still, after Monday night's game, the fourth-year Michigan product voiced concerns of feeling underappreciated in Cleveland.

''When you talk to people after the games, particularly these games we've had this year where we're losing and guys are frustrated, sometimes those frustration come out,'' Crennel said in Edwards' defense. ''If guys have an opportunity to sit down and think and cool off, maybe they wouldn't say some of the things that they say. We try to educate them, try to talk to them and counsel them about controlling their emotions until they're able to cool off and then think before they talk.''

INJURY UPDATE — The carnage continues to pile up for the depleted Browns, as tight end Steve Heiden's season came to a premature end in Monday's game after tearing his ACL and straining his MCL.

''It's kind of tough at the tight end spot particularly, when you're one [Kellen Winslow] and two [Heiden] are not playing for you,'' said Crennel, who noted the team will likely have to sign an untested tight end for depth. ''But two big guys rolled up on [Heiden]. When that happens, those ligaments give a little bit.''

Crennel said Joshua Cribbs (low back tightness) and defensive back Brandon McDonald (shoulder) will not practice Wednesday while nursing minor injuries.

''Cribbs had that last week and worked through it, so we'll have to see how he goes this week,'' Crennel said. ''I feel like McDonald] will also be able to come back and play.''

Others expected to miss today's practice are Shaun Rogers (neck burner), defensive lineman Sean Smith (calf), linebacker Leon Williams (knee), Winslow (missed last two games with high ankle sprain), punter Dave Zastudil (knee), running back Jerome Harrison (ribs), running back Lawrence Vickers (reinjured ankle Monday).

''[Winslow's] out of his boot and beginning to run in the pool,'' Crennel said. ''So, hopefully he can continue to make progress.''

Rookie linebacker Beau Bell (knee scope) will join Heiden Thursday as both are scheduled to undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

AWESOME DAWSON — With two games in the season remaining, kicker Phil Dawson booted his franchise-record 30th field goal Monday night with a chip shot of a 27-yarder in the first quarter.

''He's been a consistent guy and done a good job for the Browns for a long time,'' Crennel said.

JUST PLAY — Browns receiver Braylon Edwards was not expected to make a return trip to the Pro Bowl this season because of leading the NFL in drop passes.

Still, after Monday night's game, the fourth-year Michigan product voiced concerns of feeling underappreciated in Cleveland.

''When you talk to people after the games, particularly these games we've had this year where we're losing and guys are frustrated, sometimes those frustration come out,'' Crennel said in Edwards' defense. ''If guys have an opportunity to sit down and think and cool off, maybe they wouldn't say some of the things that they say. We try to educate them, try to talk to them and counsel them about controlling their emotions until they're able to cool off and then think before they talk.''

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