November 29, 2014

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Notes: WR Greg Little doesn’t apologize for picture or dance, wants support from fans

BEREA – Receiver Greg Little was ripped by some fans for posting a picture of his touchdown celebration on Twitter after the 34-27 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. Within hours of the game, Little had read enough.

“Honestly I really don’t care what fans say I really could careless! I ride with the 53 men in the locker room and the coaches thats it,” he tweeted.

Little said Thursday he’s looking for more support despite the team’s 0-2 start.

“We want to win more than anybody,” he said. “We hate losing more than we like winning. I just want them to stick with us. That’s all. I just feel like they should hang tight with us.”

Little didn’t understand the uproar caused by the picture of him posing like Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt after he wins a gold medal.

“It’s just a picture. You can take what you want from that,” Little said. “The game is won and lost already. It’s a picture.

“I don’t care what they (fans) say. I think if I cared about every opinion that I got on Twitter, then I wouldn’t be able to function. It’s mind-boggling to me. I can’t let things on Twitter get to me and I don’t.”

Little also received criticism for his end zone dance that followed a 24-yard touchdown. The Browns were trailing in the fourth quarter and the dance went on for a few seconds.

“It’s never anything that’s premeditated with me,” he said. “It’s always a very genuine expression when I do score. I have that same expression when Trent (Richardson) scores or Mo (Massaquoi) scores or Brandon (Weeden) throws a touchdown. I’m just as happy as when I score.”

Little doesn’t think the celebration came across as selfish.

“I feel like if none of my teammates and the leaders of this team have come up to me and expressed their concerns, that’s all I care about,” he said. “Nobody from the coaches have come to me and stressed it’s something that’s distracting our team. I’m just going to continue to score touchdowns.”

Little was a full participant in practice despite taking a shot to the back Sunday.

“It’s good,” he said. “It’s an injury I have to battle through. It comes with football and you just have to get over it.”

IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

Rookie Trent Richardson has been the only running back to take a handoff through two games. He has been replaced on many third downs, but that could change as he gets further away from Aug. 9 knee surgery and grows more comfortable with the pass-protection schemes.

“That’s always some of the hardest things to learn,” offensive coordinator Brad Childress said. “You want to use guys whose particular skill level really kind of fits that situation and I think you’ll see Trent grow into playing more and more on those third-down situations.”

Coach Pat Shurmur said Richardson never asks for a break.

“He’s not the kind of guy that taps out,” Shurmur said. “You’re looking for guys that are passionate, productive and stay durable. I think he’s got all of those things.”

A BIG FAN

Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron played for Shurmur’s uncle Fritz in Detroit and later coached with him.

“He said that Dick Jauron was his favorite guy in the league as a player and a coach,” Shurmur said. “That always stuck with me. Fortunately when I got the job here a year ago, Dick was in a position in Philadelphia where I called and asked for him and fortunately we were able to get him.”

Shurmur raved about Jauron’s influence on the staff.

“He’s a highly moral, highly principled guy, which I think is important,” Shurmur said. “I think he’s a very bright coach that knows what he’s doing, he’s been there, done that.

“He is a very calming force for me when I maybe want to choke somebody.”

INJURY REPORT

Rookie defensive tackle Billy Winn practiced fully after suffering a concussion Sunday in the first quarter. He said he’s ready to play Sunday against the Bills.

“I was out there banging today, felt great,” he said.

Winn said he went helmet-to-helmet with a Cincinnati guard.

“I tried to clean him up, I got the worst of it,” he said.

Winn said he had one or two concussions at Boise State but isn’t concerned about them piling up.

“Concussions are obviously part of the game,” he said. “It’s gonna happen. Broken arm, broken foot, broken ankle. It’s all part of the game.”

** Tight end Alex Smith (concussion) and rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson (ribs/oblique) didn’t practice.

** Receiver Joshua Cribbs (knee), defensive end Juqua Parker (foot) and safety Bubba Ventrone (hand) were limited. Ventrone hopes to play this week with a soft cast after surgery last week on a broken thumb.

** For the Bills, free safety Jairus Byrd (ankle) and linebacker Nick Barnett (knee) were limited.

GET TOGETHER

President Mike Holmgren told The Associated Press he plans to meet with Jim Brown in the next few days in hopes of repairing their strained relationship.

Brown, the Hall of Fame running back, will be in town this weekend to honor former teammate Ernie Green, who will be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends on Sunday at halftime. Brown has told the team he will take part in alumni activities this weekend.

Brown had been estranged from the organization since Holmgren took away his duties as adviser to owner Randy Lerner two years ago. Brown was so angered he boycotted a ceremony in 2010 in which the team’s ring of honor was unveiled, including Brown.

** Forbes magazine ranked soon-to-be owner Jimmy Haslam the 360th-richest American with a worth of $1.2 billion.

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