Browns coach Eric Mangini met with reporters Wednesday morning. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:
- Quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, wide receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi and defensive linemen Kenyon Coleman and Shaun Rogers will miss practice today, Mangini said.
- Mangini outlined the challenges the Saints present. "Colt (McCoy) faced one level of blitzing last week," he said. "It's the same thing. It's going to be loud."
- Cribbs and Massaquoi are in the first stage of testing and recovery from their concussions, Mangini said.
- Mangini on the NFL's announcement that it will begin suspending players who deliver dangerous and flagrant hits: "I really believe the league is trying to get it right and be vigilant about it." Mangini said the Browns didn't specifically push for Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison to be suspended for his hits on Cribbs and Massaquoi. Harrison was not suspended, but he was fined $75,000 after giving Cribbs and Massaquoi concussions this past Sunday.
- Mangini said rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will start against the Saints if there's no progress with Delhomme or Wallace.
- Mangini said several players will work at right tackle. The team needs to replace Tony Pashos, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with an ankle injury. Floyd Womack and newly signed Paul McQuistan are among the offensive linemen who might fill in at right tackle.
- Mangini acknowledged he talked with defensive end Robaire Smith about the possibility of life without football. Smith may have career-ending back injury. Smith and Pashos were placed on injured reserve Wednesday.