Delhomme appears unlikely to play Sunday

NFL notes

Ankle hurting, Browns QB hasn't been OK'd to practice

September 24, 2010|By From Sun News Services

Jake Delhomme still can't trade his walking boot for cleats.

Cleveland's starting quarterback, who injured his right ankle in his Week 1 debut with the Browns, has not been cleared to practice and it appears he will be sidelined for this Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium and possibly next week as well.

Browns coach Eric Mangini has been intentionally vague about Delhomme's status, and the team has given no specifics about the severity of the ankle injury, which the 35-year-old suffered while throwing a costly interception in the first half of the opener at Tampa Bay.

If Delhomme can't play, and that appears the case, backup Seneca Wallace will make his second straight start Sunday against the Ravens. Last week, the Browns didn't announce Wallace would start the home opener and that Delhomme was inactive until an hour before kickoff.

Delhomme hasn't practiced and has not been available to the media this week. A team spokesman said Delhomme was undergoing treatment and will meet with reporters today.

Mangini maintains that Delhomme is getting better. Before Thursday's practice, he was asked whether Delhomme's injury could carry into next week.

"Could it?" he asked. "I think there is potential. He's been progressively better each day. I thought he was moving around pretty good today when I saw him. With injuries, I don't really know. Sometimes they … I don't know."

Delhomme could be dealing with a high ankle sprain, an injury that can take as long as a month to recover from. Mangini said Delhomme is still wearing a protective walking boot, but it's common for players to wear one with similar injuries.

JETS: Owner Woody Johnson says wide receiver Braylon Edwards has let himself and the team down as a result of his drunken- driving arrest Tuesday morning.

Johnson said Thursday that he has spoken to Edwards "three or four times" since the incident and told him his actions were "not acceptable, Braylon. I'm disappointed."

Johnson says he's more "sad" than embarrassed by some of the off-field issues with his team because they don't "represent who we are or who I want us to be."

Edwards was arraigned on drunken-driving charges Tuesday after a breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when he was stopped on Manhattan's West Side, prosecutors said. Edwards apologized to the team Wednesday.

VIKINGS: Percy Harvin returned to practice after missing the previous session with another migraine headache.

Harvin struggled with migraines throughout the preseason, but says he went almost six weeks between headaches. Harvin says he's feeling great and was encouraged with how he was able to recover from his latest episode.

2012 SUPER BOWL: Indianapolis organizers expect the game to be played on its original date, despite growing concerns that an NFL work stoppage could force postponement or cancellation of the game.

At a news conference, host committee officials said they were moving "full-speed" ahead with their plans for Feb. 5, 2012. They outlined a number of initiatives that either have started or will begin in the next several months, and are beginning to line up volunteers for the biggest sporting event Indy has ever hosted.

SEAHAWKS: Peter McLoughlin is the team's new president, leaving a similar position with the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

McLoughlin replaces Tod Leiweke, who announced at the end of July that he was leaving as the head of Paul Allen's Vulcan Sports and Entertainment to become CEO and minority owner of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.

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