Starting cornerback Brandon McDonald was benched in Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to Cincinnati, but it lasted only one series. Safety Mike Adams started in his place, then took over at nickel back for Hank Poteat. Receiver Mike Furrey was later inserted at safety in the dime defense.
The same thing happened to McDonald last year at Buffalo, but he sat out for only one play as the Browns picked off a pass on the first defensive snap.
When it was suggested that he's had the shortest benchings in NFL history, the third-year man said merely, ''I didn't prepare any different than if I was starting.''
One wondered if former Browns coach Romeo Crennel, a close friend of current coach Eric Mangini, told Mangini that McDonald might need a little chain-rattling occasionally to regain his focus.
''When my number was called, I think I did a pretty good job,'' McDonald said. ''All week I didn't get as many reps as I had been getting. I played a lot of scout team, actually got to play a little receiver, that was kind of fun. I took the same reps mentally.''