BEREA — Brady Quinn hasn’t taken a snap this season, yet his legend continues to grow. At least at Notre Dame.
With the Irish off to their first 0-4 start in 119 years of football, many fans and experts have attributed the decline to Quinn turning pro.
“It’s obviously nice for them to say that,” Quinn said Thursday. “It wasn’t just me. We had a lot of other guys that gave us a lot of support out there.
“A lot of positions are being filled in for right now, that maybe are not what they were the last couple years.”
Quinn went 29-17 as a starter at Notre Dame and set just about every school passing record. With Quinn around, coach Charlie Weis was being hailed as a genius. After the brutal start that includes almost no offensive production, Weis is being ripped in some circles.
Meanwhile, Quinn is a play away from replacing starter Derek Anderson for the Browns. He gets limited repetitions with the first team during practice, so he must find another way to get ready.
“I stay after practice, get reps, get extra throws,” Quinn said. “During practice, I do my own walkthrough while the play’s going on. I go through my progressions and what I’m seeing from right behind the play.
“You have to prepare like you would if you’re a starter.”
This week that means looking at hours of film of the imposing Ravens defense.
“Obviously it’s a very talented defense,” Quinn said. “You don’t see looks like that (in college). Some teams give you some tough looks, USC, Michigan, Georgia Tech. But it’s nothing like an NFL team.”
Winslow in pain
Tight end Kellen Winslow missed his second straight practice with a dislocation of the left shoulder. He wasn’t in the locker room during the interview session.
“We will try to get the soreness out of the shoulder and give him a chance to play,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “I think Kellen will do everything he can to be out there Sunday. Not all of it is in his hands. Whatever the doctor says, that’s what’s going to happen.”
If Winslow can’t play, Steve Heiden would get the start. He already sees significant time in two-tight end sets.
Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Tucker is eligible to return to the team Monday following a four-game steroids suspension. The Browns will then have a week to add him to the roster or release him. During the suspension Tucker isn’t allowed to practice or attend meetings.
“We’ve talked to him. He’s doing good and he’s working out,” Crennel said. “He’s looking forward to the suspension ending and having a chance to get back and see where he stands.”
Tucker’s been the Browns’ starting right tackle for five years, but with the line playing well he could be shifted to guard, where he saw some time in the preseason.
“We’re going to look at it,” Crennel said. “If we think that’s the best position for the team to give us the five best players, then that will be a consideration.”
Them’s fightin’ words
Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, who was wooed by Cleveland in the 2006 offseason before re-signing with Baltimore, took some shots at Cleveland Browns Stadium while talking to the Baltimore media.
“Isn’t the stadium next to a junkyard? Fred Sanford?” Scott said, before being told the stadium sits on a landfill. “It’s on a landfill. That’s what it smells like.
“It’s toxic. I think it gets to some of the fans’ heads a little bit. I usually put some hydrocortisone on (to) make sure I’ll be straight when I hit the ground. They had a lot of staph infections out there.”
Scott sounded like he was doing a standup routine, but Browns fans might not think it’s funny.
Crennel said he was “somewhat encouraged” by linebacker Willie McGinest’s first practice Wednesday since having surgery to repair a bulging disk in his back.
“He did a couple things and didn’t look too bad,” Crennel said. “He’s working on a back, so you always have to be a little cautious there. Generally it takes overnight at least, or a day or so to see how that reacts.”
Crennel didn’t sound as if McGinest would play this week, but said he would return to the starting lineup when he’s up to full speed. He would enter a rotation with Kamerion Wimbley and Antwan Peek.
Receiver Tim Carter (knee), defensive end Orpheus Roye (knee) and Peek (foot) didn’t practice Thursday. Roye and Peek are expected to play Sunday.
• Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle (undisclosed illness) won’t play Sunday. Tackle Jonathan Ogden (toe) practiced but said he’ll be a game-time decision.
• The Browns and National City Bank are encouraging fans to donate $1 to the “One Dollar, One Cause” campaign as they enter the stadium. The Browns will also honor 50 breast cancer survivors before the game, part of the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign promoting breast cancer awareness.
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