Hits keep on coming for beleaguered Browns

If their preseason bad luck is any indication, the Browns are headed for another dismal year, writes Jeremy Green.

Originally Published: August 18, 2006
By Jeremy Green | Scouts Inc.
When Browns fans saw the offseason that GM Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel put together, expectations were on the rise for this organization and its fan base.

Three weeks of training camp and one preseason game later, everyone associated with the Browns has to be wondering why this team can't seem to catch a break. The Browns have played only one preseason game, but if that game (a listless 20-7 loss to the Eagles) was any indication of what to expect this season, their fans better buckle up for another extremely bumpy ride.

The Browns have been cursed with bad luck on the injury front since they reentered the league, and this preseason has only continued that disturbing trend. The season-ending knee injury to center LeCharles Bentley, Cleveland's prized offseason acquisition, was the biggest setback, but not the only one. Starting cornerbacks Daylon McCutcheon (knee) and Gary Baxter (shoulder) are likely to miss the entire preseason. Right tackle Ryan Tucker, who's batting a knee injury, probably won't be ready until the season opener.


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