BEREA: Offensive lineman Alvin Bailey conceded Friday he let the Browns down by getting into trouble off the field.
North Royalton police arrested Bailey early Monday morning and cited him for operating a vehicle impaired, speeding, driving an unsafe vehicle (cracked windshield), drug abuse, drug paraphernalia and failure to comply, according to a police report.
Bailey had a blood-alcohol content of .147 and officers found marijuana in his pickup truck, according to the police report. Bailey told police he had been drinking on the team’s flight home from Miami on Sunday night and later continued at Panini’s Bar and Grill in Strongsville. The Browns and the NFL prohibit alcohol on the team plane.
“It’s an unfortunate incident, a mistake that I made,” Bailey said, speaking to reporters for the first time since his arrest. “Things like that happen. But I really can’t talk about it too much right now. I’ve got to let the legal process play out. But it’s unfortunate that I let the team down, a distraction to my teammates and things like that. So it’s a mistake that I made. I’ve got to own up to it, and hopefully we’ll be able to work past it.”
Bailey said he didn’t know whether he would start Sunday when the Browns (0-3) visit Washington (1-2). He made his first start for the Browns this past weekend in a 30-24 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins because John Greco moved from right guard to start in place of center Cameron Erving, who’s been ruled out with a bruised lung for the second consecutive week. But Greco said he practiced at guard this week and center Austin Reiter had been impressive in practice.
Coach Hue Jackson said he has yet to decide the starting lineup for the O-line.
“You know the guys that have potential to play,” Jackson said.
Bailey is subject to discipline from the NFL, but any punishment from the league will likely be on hold until there’s a resolution in the legal process. He’s scheduled to appear in North Royalton Mayor’s Court at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Bailey was asked if he believes the Browns will stick with him.
“That’s something we’re trying to work through,” he replied.
Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor has faith in kicker Cody Parkey despite his rough debut with the Browns. Parkey made just 3-of-6 field goals Sunday. The misses included an attempt at a would-be game-winning field goal from 46 yards with no time left in regulation.
“He’s had a really good week. He really has, and I’m excited for him to go into this game and got a lot of confidence in him,” Tabor said. “To be quite honest with you, selfishly, I hope the game comes down to a game-winning field goal because I believe that when we trot him out there, he’ll make it.”
The Browns signed Parkey on Saturday after Patrick Murray suffered a left knee injury the previous day in practice. Parkey made the Pro Bowl as a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 before missing most of last season with a groin injury. Yet the Miami Herald reported Tabor wanted former Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould instead.
“Not true,” Tabor said. “There’s a lot of good football players out there. There’s no doubt about it. I think our scouting department does an outstanding job, and when we visit with our scouts and our front office and we decide on a player, we have a really good, young player who’s been to a Pro Bowl that gets great lift on the ball, that bangs touchbacks, that can place the ball directionally. He’s good.
“I heard about the reports. I don’t think anything of them. I’ve moved onto Washington and I’m excited to watch our guy, the guy that’s here, perform for us at a winning level.”
Proof of improvement
Nose tackle Danny Shelton has started his second NFL season with three good performances.
“He is doing what we want,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton said. “Do we want him to be a leader? Yes. I think inside the building and the meeting rooms, he’s developing into that. Very bright young man. Very smart young man. We want him to be the cornerstone because he has a natural, God-given ability to be that at his position.”
ProFootballFocus.com ranks Shelton 12th out of 98 interior D-linemen in the NFL. Among D-tackles, he leads the league in run stop percentage (18.1 percent) and run stops (13).
“Is he giving us what we want? Yes,” Horton said of Shelton, the 12th overall pick in last year’s draft. “Do we want more? Absolutely we want more. We want to win.”
Asked to explain the progress, Shelton said, “I’m more focused this season and have more determination to produce for the team. ... [You’re] not really going to see anything from me as far as like acting super happy about this until we start winning games.”
Running back Isaiah Crowell fulfilled his promise to donate his first game check this season — worth about $35,000 — to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Crowell made the pledge as part of his apology for posting a violent, anti-police image on Instagram this past summer.
•?The Browns expect cornerback Joe Haden (groin) to play after sitting out against the Dolphins. “Whether it’s on a limited basis or a 60-play game, we expect him and we hope for him to play,” Horton said. Haden is listed as questionable for Sunday along with safety Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring).
•?Rookie defensive end Carl Nassib (surgically repaired broken left hand) has been ruled out for Sunday, but he could come back soon and play with a cast. “Lot of people do it,” Nassib said. “Wouldn’t be the first time someone played in a club. I’ll be happy to be on the field.”
•?In addition to Erving and Nassib, the Browns ruled out the following players for Sunday: wide receiver Corey Coleman (broken right hand), tight end Seth DeValve (left knee), quarterback Josh McCown (broken left collarbone) and outside linebacker Nate Orchard (left high ankle sprain). Cornerback Tramon Williams (sprained shoulder) is listed as doubtful.
•?Washington ruled out four players: starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland (ankle), wide receiver Josh Doctson (Achilles), starting left guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and cornerback Dashaun Phillips (hamstring). Linebacker Trent Murphy (elbow/shoulder) and D-end Kendall Reyes (groin) are questionable.
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