Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - Linebacker Scott Fujita hopes that a resolution to his suspension stemming from the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal will come soon.
The only question is when can he find the time to meet with NFL brass again to get it resolved?
“I imagine that it will come up it’s just finding the time to do it,” Fujita said. “Tuesday’s really aren’t a day off in this business. Trying to find the time is a challenge so we’ll figure something out.”
Fujita was scheduled to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials Tuesday afternoon via video conference so he could continue to rehab his knee in Cleveland but the league informed him that they wanted an in person visit.
“Ideally I’d be able to tell you how productive the meeting was yesterday,” Fujita said. “But we’ll reschedule and figure something out.”
Fujita’s name did not appear on a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams which was reportedly presented as evidence to the three other players involved this week.
“I’ve maintained my innocence from the beginning,” Fujita said. “I know what I’ve done and what I have not done. I’ve been very clear about that since way back in March when the story first broke.
“It’s a process and I have to keep respecting that process but as long as I keep telling the truth it will work out just fine.”
Fujita said that he will play Sunday against Buffalo and hopes that he’ll be allowed play every game for the rest of the year.
“We’re far along enough in the process where I think that everyone would like to resolve it and move on,” Fujita said. “Hopefully we’ll get to [find] a good solution.”
Goodell has cracked down on players in regards to both on and off the field issues. Fujita understands that the commissioner is doing his job but also feels that some things could be done differently.
“He’s in a tough position on a lot of issues,” Fujita said. “I respect that and I’m sympathetic to that. I also think that there’s a better way to handle some things and hopefully reasonable minds will prevail and we’ll figure something out.”
What Brown Can Do: Cornerback Sheldon Brown sustained a neck stinger in Week 1 and it limited him to just 1 play against the Bengals.
Coach Pat Shurmur expects that Brown will be available to play more against the Bills this week.
“Sheldon will be in there,” Shurmur said. “Most of the time [the Bills] play with three wide-receiver sets. Without giving away any strategy, most of the time we’ll be playing with three corners. You’ll see Sheldon in there quite a bit.”
That play kept Brown’s consecutive games played streak alive at 162.
The Browns will need as many corners available as possible with the 3-wide sets the Bills like to run.
Not Special: Adam “Pacman” Jones owes the Browns’ special teams unit a thank you.
Jones was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Wednesday after returning a punt 81-yards for a touchdown in Sunday’s 34-27 win over the Browns.
Returning To Work: DT Juqua Parker (sprained foot) and rookie DT Billy Winn (concussion) Sunday at Cincinnati, both returned to practice Wednesday.
Parker said he would be ready for Sunday and the foot injury wasn’t as severe as it was made out to be.
DB Ray Ventrone also returned to practice after missing time with an injury to his left hand.
Injury Report: DID NOT PRACTICE: TE Alex Smith (concussion) and LB James Michael Johnson (ribs/oblique); LIMITED: OL Oniel Cousins (ankle), KR Josh Cribbs (knee), DL Juqua Parker (foot), DB Ray Ventrone (left hand), DL Billy Winn (concussion); FULL: LB Scott Fujita (knee), WR Greg Little (back) and RB Trent Richardson (knee).