BEREA – Quarterback Brandon Weeden welcomed the speed bump the Browns hit Saturday night in Indianapolis.
“Sometimes you need that,” he said today. “You need a little slap in the face to say, ‘Listen, you’ve got to keep continuing to grind.’
“It’s human nature to get a little ahead of yourself, but what better timing. It doesn’t count in the win-loss record for the regular season. We can correct all the mistakes we made. Now it’s just how do we deal with that adversity?”
Weeden credited the Colts defense for part of the struggles of the offense, which managed just a field goal in eight possessions. He also knew the Browns couldn’t keep up the torrid pace of the first two preseason games, in which the starters outscored the Rams and Lions 27-3.
“They played well and we’ve got to play better, and fortunately I don’t think there is any reason to push the panic button like a lot of people want to,” Weeden said. “But we’ve got to learn from it and we’ve got to get better.”
Coach Rob Chudzinski hasn’t told the media if he’ll play the starters at all Thursday night in Chicago for the preseason finale, but sounded Sunday like he was leaning toward playing them a couple of series. Weeden would be fine either way, but would prefer taking a few snaps.
“If that’s what he wants to do, absolutely,” he said. “I’m a creature of habit and I like to prepare and I like to not take a ton of time off and skip anything that I normally do.”
Even without the reps, Weeden believes he’s ready for Week 1 against Miami.
“I feel good where I am. I feel comfortable within the offense and as far as the preparation leading up to it,” he said. “Whatever (Chudzinski) wants to do I feel good, but I wouldn’t mind playing two series if that’s the direction he wants to go.”
Receiver Jordan Norwood had his contract terminated.
He was sidelined by a hamstring injury for much of training camp, which hamstrung his ability to make the team. Norwood played 16 games in three seasons with the Browns, catching 36 passes for 405 yards and a touchdown.
Slot receiver Josh Cooper could be the biggest beneficiary, because he and Norwood have similar games.
** The Browns waived defensive back Vernon Kearney, defensive lineman Dave Kruger, receiver Cordell Roberson and linebacker Tommy Smith. The roster is at 83 and must be at 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m.
NELSON RARIN’ TO GO
Receiver David Nelson is slated to make his Browns debut against the Bears. It will be the next step in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the season opener last year with Buffalo.
“Ahh, man, it’s been a crazy ride,” he said. “It’s been a crazy year for me. It’s been the most frustrating, disappointing, hardest year of my life.
“So it’s just one of those things where I just got to continue to push. I made it this far and I’m excited for the opportunity this weekend.”
Nelson returned from the ACL early in camp, only to get a bone bruise in the same knee that knocked him out for a couple of weeks. He returned to practice Aug. 18 and said he was ready to play last week but the coaches proceeded with caution.
“I feel like my knee is stronger than ever and I feel really good to go,” he said. “I feel 100 percent confident in it and I’m just ready to show what I can do.”