Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Thursday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:
- The same players who missed practice Wednesday -- defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman (knee), quarterback Jake Delhomme (ankle), running back Peyton Hillis (thigh), offensive line Alex Mack (shoulder), defensive line Shaun Rogers (elbow), tight end Robert Royal (shoulder), defensive lineman Robaire Smith (back), defensive back Nick Sorensen (calf), offensive lineman John St. Clair (ankle), quarterback Seneca Wallace (ankle) and offensive lineman Floyd Womack (knee) -- are expected to miss practice again Thursday.
- Mangini said recently acquired running back Mike Bell is a better complement to Hillis than Jerome Harrison was. The Browns traded Harrison to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Bell on Wednesday. Mangini said Bell "is more of a tough, physical runner." Mangini said he expects that Hillis (thigh) will be ready to play Sunday. Bell might be ready to play, too.
- Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy performed well in practice Wednesday, Mangini said. On Wednesday, Mangini said he was leaning toward starting McCoy on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Thursday, he said "the lean is more pronounced today."
- Mangini said the team's top two quarterbacks, Delhomme and Wallace, are dealing with similar injuries, but he said he won't know their availability until later this week.
- Mangini said Steve Vallos took a lot of reps at center with Mack out Wednesday. Rookie Shawn Lauvao and Billy Yates took reps at guard with Womack sidelined, Mangini said.