Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Time out from the quarterback saga

There really is more to the Browns than the non-ending quarterback drama, which, by the way, might be settled with an announcement Thursday by Coach Eric Mangini. Colt McCoy is trying to prove his left ankle is fine and that he is healthy enough to start against the Bengals on Sunday.

McCoy moved well and stepped forward to throw the ball without a problem in the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday.

There is another story to tell, though, and it involves rookie safety T.J. Ward. Ward was fined $15,000 for a blow to the head of Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley in the game played ct. 3 in Cleveland.

The Bengals afterward called the hit a cheap shot. You might think they would have revenge on their minds, but they've been eaten alive by an 11-game losing streak that began in Cleveland. Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco said he forgot about the hit until a reporter asked him about it.

Ward says he might try talking with Shipley before the game to tell him he was not trying to injure the rookie receiver, who was forced to sit out the next game because of the concussion.

The Bengal fans aren't likely to forget what Ward did, even if the Bengals players say they have. Ward can't let them get him flustered.


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