Ten players remained home with the flu Thursday, but Browns coach Eric Mangini is optimistic that the worst
Mangini said two players had tested positive for Influenza A, which is considered to be the swine flu. He said results were not back on the others.
Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and nose tackle Shaun Rogers returned and went out for practice, but Wimbley looked markedly thinner.
''There haven't been any new cases, that's positive,'' Mangini said. ''In terms of timetable for the rest of the group coming back, I'm not totally sure yet. We're going to be as cautious as we can with this to make sure we don't go into the weekend and put the group that hasn't had it in a position where they could get it.''
On Wednesday, when 12 players were out, Mangini said he scaled down practice and eliminated afternoon meetings. In addition, he mentioned that pregnant staff members were sent home.
A delivery of Tamiflu arrived from a local pharmacy Wednesday.
''I started some of that myself, I feel great,'' Mangini said.
Wimbley was sent home from Pittsburgh before Sunday's game and watched it at home. He wouldn't reveal how high his fever got.
''It was tough, I wanted to be out there with my teammates,'' he said. ''But you want to put the team first. The team's health is the most important thing.''
Asked if he was 100 percent, Wimbley said, ''I feel good. I've haven't been doing too much. We'll see how I feel after practice.''
Fortunately for Wimbley and Rogers, the Browns host Green Bay, a team they faced in the preseason.
''We played 'em in preseason, we've had DVDs to go over, we know their personnel,'' he said.
Rogers declined to speak to the media, but said, ''Feel better.''