July 23, 2014

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Browns notes: K2 ignoring the pain for pleasurable season

CLEVELAND – Kellen Winslow`s forehead was bruised, his cheeks were chafed and his arms were covered in scrapes.
But despite the visible wounds, the standout tight end couldn`t stop smiling Sunday after the Browns` 27-17 win over the Houston Texans.
“I told you guys we were gonna turn some heads this year, I told you,” Winslow said playfully.
The fourth-year pro had plenty of reasons to be happy – and sore – after making 10 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Texans.
It was his third career 100-yard game (all coming this season) and the fourth time he has reached double-digits in receptions. He broke Ozzie Newsome`s team record of three in the latter category.
“Regardless of where the ball is at, Kellen can make a play,” Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson said. “His ability, his speed, the way he knows his body; as long as it`s one-on-one coverage, I`m going to give him a chance to go get it.”
Winslow played his typical bone-crushing style against Houston, initiating contact with defenders after making catches, then continuing to push forward.
Though many athletes shy away from such collisions because they tend to shorten careers, K2 says he knows no other way to play.
“That`s what you get paid to do. That`s my job,” said Winslow, who has 62 receptions, 874 yards and five scores on the year. “When the ball is in the air, I don`t hear anything. I don`t think about (being hit). All my focus is on the football.
“I don`t remember any of my catches, but I remember all the drops.”
The Miami (Fla.) product also remembers all of the punishment he takes on the field, but not until the day after a game. Winslow says he was bedridden three weeks ago after the Browns` overtime win against Seattle and fears he might be in the same situation this morning.
Don`t expect him to express any regrets, though, at least not publicly.
“Sometimes I feel 60 (years old) the next day, sometimes I feel 30,” Winslow admitted. “I`m just trying to (get through) the rest of the season. After that, we`ll figure out what I have to do to get healthy from there.”
Brownie bits
Anderson`s two touchdown passes gave him 22 on the season, equaling the most by a Cleveland quarterback since 1983. The team record is 30 by Brian Sipe in 1980.
“I still wish we had converted some of those (two) field goals into touchdowns,” said Anderson, who had 253 yards and was picked off once. “The interception was just kind of a stupid play. It`s a good thing we won, but I`ll still be (ticked) about it for a week.”
* Linebacker D`Qwell Jackson made his first career interception and had a game-high 12 tackles. Rookie cornerback Brandon McDonald also notched his first pro pick.
* Recent arrival Nick Sorenson recovered Houston`s onside kick attempt with 3:12 left.
* Tackle Joe Thomas pounced on an Anderson fumble, but his individual battle with Houston defensive end Mario Williams was uneventful. Williams did record a sack when he lined up elsewhere.
Texans toast
Quarterback Matt Schaub went 22-of-36 for 256 yards and two scores, but was unhappy about his two interceptions and Daniels` lost fumble.
“It`s the same old story, our Achilles` heel,” Schaub said. “We get the ball across the 50-yard line and get a couple of turnovers. We have to figure that out.”
* Daniels caught his first TD of the year, but dropped a pass after being rocked by Brodney Pool on the Browns` 5-yard line. It forced Houston to kick a field goal.
“I need to concentrate more on protecting the ball,” said Daniels, who led the Texans with seven catches and 82 receiving yards. “I take the blame for that.”
* Former Cleveland wide receiver Andre Davis lured Daven Holly into a 26-yard pass interference penalty and made three receptions.
* The Texans squandered a chance to win three consecutive games in a season for the first time.
Still going strong
Browns running back Jamal Lewis pounded his way to 134 rushing yards on 29 carries. It was his second 100-yard game since joining the team in March and the 32nd of his career.
“With the way our offense moves the ball, you can`t put 8-9 guys in the box against us, which I saw for the last seven years (with Baltimore),” Lewis said. “With (fullback Lawrence) Vickers and my offensive line, I know the hole will be where it`s supposed to be when I get the ball.”
Lewis also scored his eighth touchdown of the year, tying the most by a Cleveland running back since 1991, when Kevin Mack also had eight. He has 741 yards in 11 games, putting him on pace to top 1,000 for the sixth time.
“It`s my time of year to run the football,” said Lewis, a fitness freak who ordered his Thanksgiving meal from Wild Oats health food store. “That`s why I try to stay healthy and lean, and keep my weight where it should be.”
History book
Joshua Cribbs broke the Browns records for career kickoff returns and yards in a season on his first runback of the day. He eclipsed Dino Hall`s mark of 151 career returns and topped his own record of 1,494 yards set in 2006.
* Kicker Phil Dawson moved past Jim Brown and into third place in Cleveland history in career points with 760. Brown had 756 in his Hall of Fame career.
Out of action
The Browns were without nose tackle Ethan Kelley, cornerbacks Eric Wright and Ricardo Colclough, offensive linemen Isaac Sowells and Greg Eslinger, running back Jerome Harrison and wide receiver Travis Wilson. Ken Dorsey was their third quarterback.
Shaun Smith started for Kelley and had a sack, while Holly assumed Wright`s spot. Defensive end Simon Fraser (right knee) and running back Jason Wright (neck) were banged up during the game.
* Inactive for the Texans were running backs Ahman Green and Darius Walker, offensive linemen Kasey Studdard, Jordan Black and Brandon Frye, cornerback Jamar Fletcher, defensive end Shantee Orr and tight end Jeb Putzier.
Ron Dayne stepped in for Green and gained 78 yards on 16 rushes.
Extra points
A sellout crowd of 72,730 was in attendance on the mild, 41-degree day.
* ESPN football guru John Clayton took in the game.
* The Browns are 3-2 all-time against the Texans, including 2-0 at home.
* Browns owner Randy Lerner congratulated several players after the game while toting a bottle of blue Gatorade.
Contact Brian Dulik at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.