Cleveland Browns Week Two News Roundup: A Fine, Rumor, Fund Raiser, and More

Daniel WolfSenior Writer ISeptember 17, 2009

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  Brett Farve #4 of the Minnesota Vikings hugs Eric Mangini head coach of the Cleveland Browns prior to their game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

As game two of the regular season quickly approaches, the news wire has been very busy for the Cleveland Browns this week.

Mangini Gets Fined

Eric Mangini and Brett Favre may look happy in the above picture, but Mangini may not be too happy now that his wallet is lighter by $25,000 due to a fine that was brought down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for Mangini's part in covering up Favre's torn biceps injury last year with the New York Jets.

A $25,000 fine is a hefty amount of money for something as simple as putting a name on an injury report list.

Josh Cribbs Ties Team Record

After last Sunday's 67 yard punt return for a touchdown versus the Minnesota Vikings, Cribbs has tied the club record for most returns for a touchdown (seven) with Eric Metcalf.

Cribbs has only just begun to crush this record and look for his eighth return for a score to happen any moment now.

Abe Elam Blogs About Sacking Brett Favre.

In Elam's latest entry on his personal blog he writes, "I was able to get a sack on Brett Favre and that was kind of cool. I came off the edge on a blitz, got picked up by Bryant McKinnie but was able to fight him off a little bit and trip up Brett."

"It was a big play for us at the time. We pressured Brett early and didn’t give up any big plays in the passing game, that was big for us in the secondary."

Safety Mike Adams' Fund Raiser

Adams held a fund raiser for his Rising Stars Foundation at Damon's Grill in Middleburg Heights, OH.

The Rising Stars Foundation provides academic, social, cultural, and life skills instruction and exposure for the kids in Paterson, NJ who are frequently forgotten and Adams is a native of Paterson, NJ himself.

Cribbs was also in attendance, since he and Adams are friends, and he said Adams attends his events as well.

Two Players Released, Two Players Signed

Former fourth round pick, linebacker Leon Williams, was released along with defensive back DeAngelo Smith.

To replace them, the Browns signed S/WR Ray Ventrone, who has been in the NFL since 2005, and has past ties with Mangini from being with both the Patriots and Jets.

Also signed was OT Billy Yates, who has been in the NFL since 2003.

Rumor Mill

There is a rumor floating around the NFL grapevine that agents are steering their clients away from the Browns due to a feeling on discontent with not only the organization, but toward Mangini and the way he runs things as well.

Mangini has ruffled a few feathers since he was hired back in January 2009, but if the players and the team want to win, then they better buy into Mangini's philosophy or they will no longer be wearing the brown and orange.

Jerome Harrison Finally Practices, But James Davis Does Not

The biggest player news this week is that running back Harrison has finally fully participated in practices.

All offseason long there have been high expectations for Harrison, since he is so similar to a back that Mangini coached with the Jets (Leon Washington), but after only seeing one quarter of play against the Packers and getting hurt, he has been really quiet so far.

Now that he appears to be healthy, look for Harrison to get at least 10 touches in Sunday's game versus the Denver Broncos.

Davis did not practice on Thursday.

(Article originally posted on Dawg Scooper)


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