Sunday, September 20, 2009

James inactive; player fined $1,701

Good news and bad news for the Browns on the injury front - running back Jerome Harrison is in uniform after missing last week and the last three preseason games with a knee injury, but rookie James Davis is on the inactive list with a shoulder injury, a carryover from being knocked out of the game last week.

Browns rookie wide receiver Brian Robiskie has been Mr. Invisible except for one week in training camp when he seemed to be getting the hang of being an NFL player. Today he is Mr. Street Clothes as one of the Browns inactive players. Also inactive, for the second straight week, is tight end Martin Rucker.

And here's something to chew on during commercials today: According to a report linked to, an unidentified Browns player was fined $1,701 for failing to pay a $3 charge for a water bottle at a team hotel recently. Presumably, Coach Eric Mangini told his players beforehand such would be the penalty for failing to square up when checking out.

Is the fine excessive if the players knew beforehand what the penalty would be? The timing goes well with the column written by Les Levine today. Levine wrote several agents would steer their players away from the Browns after becoming free agents because of an unpleasant work environment in Berea created by Mangini. This only reinforces that image.


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