BEREA — Ken Dorsey never wanted to leave Cleveland, so he was overjoyed when the Browns re-signed him on Tuesday. The amiable quarterback had been released by the team on Sept. 1, but continued to hold out hope that he would again wear the orange and brown.
“I would have loved to be here the whole time, but I understand how the business works,’’ Dorsey said. “I’m just glad it worked out and I didn’t have to move, which I didn’t want to do.
“We’ve got such a good, hard working group of guys here, it’s good to get back in the swing of things.’’
Dorsey, a four-year NFL veteran, served as a mentor to rookie Brady Quinn throughout training camp, but got the axe when the Browns made their final cuts. During his 10 days without a job, Dorsey visited the Seahawks to talk about becoming their third quarterback. That role, however, wound up being filled when Cleveland traded Charlie Frye to Seattle, giving it room to add Dorsey.
“There were definitely talks with Seattle, but you never know because they had said they might bring me in the week before but didn’t,’’ Dorsey said. “As it turned out, I’m fortunate the way things happened.’’
Now, Quinn has his surrogate big brother back, the Browns have a battle-tested option behind Derek Anderson, and Dorsey has some study buddies to prepare for games with.
“Believe me, if it was just me in there — the third QB — watching film, we’d be in trouble,’’ Dorsey deadpanned. “But all the quarterbacks were here until 8 o’clock last night. It’s nice to be a part of that group again.’’
Linebacker Antwan Peek (foot) and cornerback Daven Holly (concussion) have been unable to participate in a full practice this week, leaving their status in question for the Bengals game Sunday. Chaun Thompson will take Peek’s starting spot if he is unable to play.
• Cornerback Leigh Bodden (groin) was added to the team’s official injury report on Thursday afternoon. No additional information was made available.
• Punter Dave Zastudil (back) is making steady progress and has begun kicking the football lightly.
• Cornerback Gary Baxter (knees) is doubtful, while linebacker Willie McGinest (back) is out.
• Wide receivers Joshua Cribbs (knee) and Joe Jurevicius (elbow) are expected to be ready to go by kickoff.
Crennel spent a large portion of his career working alongside New England coach Bill Belichick, but declined to comment about the Patriots’ ongoing videotaping controversy.
“It’s out of my realm,’’ Crennel said. “I’ve got plenty of problems that I have to deal with.’’
New England employed a cameraman on the Jets’ sideline during their game Sunday, allegedly to record the defensive signals used by New York’s coaches. After being told of the incident, NFL officials confiscated the tape in question and are expected to heavily fine the franchise.
“I think Belichick is a very good football coach,’’ Crennel said. “He’s made a statement about it. The commissioner (Roger Goodell) has made a statement. There’s nothing I can add to that.’’
The Browns have assigned player personnel director T.J. McCreight to the press box in order to advise Crennel on replay challenges. Prior to coming to Cleveland, McCreight spent eight years working under Phil Savage in Baltimore.
“It’s tough (for me) and you just have to kind of see what you see,’’ Crennel said. “That’s why I have him up there, to help me out.’’
The Browns went 0-for-2 on challenges in their 34-7 season-opening loss to Pittsburgh, losing a pair of timeouts in the process.
“If he wants to get beat up, he’ll jump in, but I wouldn’t advise it.’’ — Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden, commenting on Chad Johnson’s promise to leap into the Dawg Pound after he scores a touchdown Sunday for Cincinnati.