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Monday, Aug. 17: No starter named

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 17, 2009

Coach Eric Mangini said it was too early to name a starting quarterback, even though Brady Quinn put the Browns in position for 10 points in a 17-0 preseason-opening loss to Green Bay Saturday night.

Asked if there was any separation between Quinn and Anderson, Mangini said, ''I'm looking at it as a body of work and not really a horse race where you're kind of listing it at each point in the race.

''I'm going to go through the complete process and let it play out. I was encouraged by some things we did offensively. But until we take care of the other problems, I temper it when I say encouraged. We didn't score points or protect the ball first and foremost.''

Mangini still refused to name Anderson as the starter for Saturday night's home preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He had said recently that whoever started Game 1 against Green Bay would be the second quarterback in in Game 2.

''That wasn't set in stone,'' Mangini said. ''I'm going to see how it goes. I would like to balance the reps as much as possible.''

Quinn played 17 snaps against the Packers to Anderson's five.

Quinn, the starter, orchestrated a 10-play drive that ended when Hank Fraley was called for holding on Phil Dawson's 31-yard field goal. Dawson missed the next attempt from 41 yards. On Quinn's second series, Braylon Edwards dropped a touchdown pass and Quinn's next pass was intercepted.

Anderson was 0 for 2 with an interception, the pick coming when he was hit in the knee as he threw.

QB update: The first practice after an error-plagued game was just as sloppy. An Anderson pass went off Mike Furrey's hands and was picked off by linebacker Eric Barton. Lance Leggett dropped a Quinn throw, then his next pass to Jordan Norwood was intercepted by linebacker Marcus Benard.

The session ended with Anderson and Quinn directing two-minute drills and neither fared well. A penalty was called on the first play, with Joe Thomas running a lap for the flag, then Anderson found Mike Furrey and Steve Heiden. But the drive stalled when Anderson scrambled on what would have been a sack.

On Quinn's chance, he hit Brian Robiskie over the middle, then a pass to Mohamed Massaquoi fell incomplete as Kaluka Maiava blitzed from the edge and came unblocked. Defensive back Bret Lockett broke up a pass to Leggett that Nick Sorensen nearly intercepted. Quinn threw out of bounds on the final play, a fourth and 12.

Who's not practicing: Nose tackle Shaun Rogers, running back Jerome Harrison, tight end Martin Rucker and linebacker David Bowens. Offensive lineman Ryan Tucker left the field during practice and returned with a team doctor, then joined the injured players on the bikes.

Who's gone: Linebacker Bo Ruud.

Who's visiting: Stow's Ben Curtis, fresh off a tie for 24th in Sunday's PGA Championship, watched the entire practice and spent time with Anderson afterward.

More laps: Along with the normal practice infractions that drew laps, the session ended with players who committed penalties in Saturday's game running.

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