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Maiava gets a chance

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 19, 2009

A second-quarter injury to Browns inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson meant the first significant action of the season for rookie Kaluka Maiava, a fourth-round pick from USC.

Surprisingly, Maiava was the coaches' choice over David Veikune, a second-round pick from Hawaii. Although he's now listed inside, Veikune worked both inside and outside during training camp, which may have slowed his development.

Maiava finished with six tackles and a forced fumble, but had problems in pass coverage.

Asked the toughest part for him, he said, ''Just calming my nerves, I guess. Being a rookie and stuff, being out there with all the vets. After the first hit, it goes away pretty quick.''

Browns coach Eric Mangini was waiting for test results Monday on Jackson, but it seems likely Maiava will continue to see playing time.

''We’ll see how that goes,'' he said. ''It’s a week-to-week basis decision, how the coaches feel, how I perform and stuff. We’ll see.''

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