GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Browns were penalized 10 times for 77 yards Sunday, and none was bigger than cornerback Leigh Bodden`s delay of game in the first quarter.
After a Cardinals incompletion on third-and-4, Bodden kicked the ball and was penalized 5 yards. The Cardinals took advantage of the first down at the Cleveland 32-yard line and scored a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead. The Cardinals won 27-21.
"I didn`t know it was like spiking the ball or throwing the ball," Bodden said. "I was unaware and it cost us. I knew if you spiked it, that was a penalty."
Bodden said the kick wasn`t a result of frustration. After all, Daven Holly had just made a good breakup to force fourth down.
"It was just there. I don`t know why I kicked it," said Bodden, who also gave up a
1-yard touchdown to Bryant Johnson. "Penalties probably gave them 100 yards. Mine was just dumb."
Defensive end Simon Fraser used the same word to describe his personal foul for head-butting a Cardinal on Cleveland`s final kickoff return. The penalty cost the Browns 15 yards and put them at the 18-yard line with 1:43 left and no timeouts. Fraser said he was head-butted first.
"It was a dumb decision," he said. "It cost us field position. It wasn`t malicious. I did it back. I gotta take responsibility for my actions.
"It was the last drive and really killed us."
Kick returner Joshua Cribbs completed his first NFL pass for a successful 2-point conversion, but he was distraught after the game for muffing a punt. The Cardinals recovered at the
22-yard line and scored a touchdown to take a 21-10 lead.
Cribbs tried to run up to catch the punt, but collided with Holly and didn`t make the catch.
"I was supposed to make the call and get my teammates out of the way," he said. "It`s my fault. I take full responsibility."
Cribbs, a quarterback at Kent State, had been desperate to throw a pass, but took no solace in hitting tight end Kellen Winslow to bring the Browns within 21-18. Quarterback Derek Anderson went in motion, leaving Cribbs alone in the backfield. Cribbs faked a pass, faked a draw, then pulled up and threw to an open Kellen Winslow.
"We worked on it long enough," Cribbs said. "We got it down."
"When Josh is in there, a lot of attention goes to him," Winslow said. "It was a good play call."
Cardinals Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald was inactive with a groin injury. He entered the week fourth in the NFL with 75 catches for 1,060 yards (third). Bryant Johnson replaced him in the starting lineup.
Making matters worse for the Cardinals, starting receiver Anquan Boldin left the game in the third quarter and didn`t return. It was announced as a foot injury, but looked like a torn Achilles` tendon as he came up lame while running untouched.
* For the Browns, cornerback Eric Wright (knee) missed his second straight game and was replaced by Daven Holly. Cornerback Ricardo Colclough, guard Isaac Sowells, center Greg Eslinger and receiver Travis Wilson were healthy scratches. Ken Dorsey was the third quarterback.
Special teamer Kris Griffin left the game with a right knee injury on the opening kickoff and didn`t return.
D-line in pain
Browns defensive end Orpheus Roye (knee) and nose tackle Ethan Kelley (knee) were inactive, leaving the line short-handed. Roye not playing was a mild surprise, as he practiced some Friday and said he planned on playing.
Shaun Smith started at nose tackle for the second straight week and Simon Fraser replaced Roye at left end.
Cardinals running back Edgerrin James moved into 14th place on the NFL`s all-time rushing list following a 114-yard performance. He passed O.J. Simpson and Corey Dillon and is the active leader with 11,307 yards.
* Cardinals backup quarterback Tim Rattay, who was born in Elyria, didn`t play. The Cardinals had been using him in goal-line situations, but stuck with Kurt Warner on Sunday.
Rattay is the son of Jim, who coached Elyria Catholic to state championships in 1976 and `83.
According to profootballtalk.com, Browns left guard Eric Steinbach leads fan Pro Bowl voting, which is a factor in the selection process. The Browns haven`t had a Pro Bowler since linebacker Jamir Miller in 2002.
* The roof at University of Phoenix Stadium was open on a sunny day with the temperature in the low 60s.
* Arizona will host the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
* Members of the Browns will take 30 children from the Cuyahoga County Department of Children & Family Services shopping at Dick`s Sporting Goods at Great Northern Mall tonight at 6. The kids will be given a gift certificate and treated to a pizza party.
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