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McDonald struggles in Browns loss

By Stephanie Storm Published: October 18, 2009

Sunday proved to be a frustrating day of missed opportunities for Browns defensive back Brandon McDonald.

Not only was Cleveland's defense shredded for 417 passing yards by Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger, but McDonald dropped an interception, missed a key tackle on a Pittsburgh reverse play and suffered an injury that left him unable to lift his right shoulder while dressing after the game. 

 "I definitely (think I should've come up with an interception," McDonald said. "It obviously took three points off the board, and we could have went into the half down seven (points) instead of 10. I've just got take advantage of those opportunities, especially if the ball is thrown right to you."

Although McDonald took responsibility for the dropped ball, he shrugged off the severity of his injury.

"I had a little contact on my shoulder," he said. "It kind of feels a little funny, but at the same time I stayed out there and stuck it out."

McDonald said his shoulder did not have any affect on his struggle to bring down receiver Mike Wallace on a Steelers reverse play that gained 21  yards and set up Pittsburgh's third touchdown in the third quarter.

"No, it was just a missed tackle," McDonald said. "At that point in the game, I didn't want to tackle him to the ground. We were trying to get the ball out. We need to get the ball back as a defense. In my mind, I'm thinking keep him up there so somebody can get over there and strip the ball out."


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