Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward was fined $25,000 by the NFL for an illegal hit during the 4th quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to Dallas.
Ward is appealing the fine which he said is as unfair as the 15-yard unnecessary roughness flag tat was thrown.
“I think it was completely legal,” Ward said. “I aimed for his chest. I hit him in his chest. He was falling forward. No part of my helmet hit his helmet. No part of my shoulder pad hit his helmet. If it did at any part, it was probably the aftereffect or the end of the hit. But I think it was just a blown call and a blown punishment.”
The penalty for the hit came on the Cowboys’ final drive in regulation in which they tied the game and forced overtime with Dan Bailey’s 32-yard field goal.
The league said in a letter to Ward that he was a repeat offender because he was fined as a rookie in 2010 $15,000 a hit on Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley.
Ward said that it’s become “ridiculous” to play defense these days and that most players “are not trying to hurt anybody.”
Replays did not show Ward making helmet to helmet contact with Dallas receiver Kevin Ogletree but the collision resulted in 2 players sustaining concussions – Ogletree and Browns cornerback Buster Skrine.
Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron seemed at a loss himself when asked about the penalty on Ward. Even he admitted that he doesn’t know how to better coach Ward and his other defenders differently.
“I saw the replays multiple times,” Jauron said. “I didn’t see any head-to-head contact on that play. I don’t know if anybody else did. So I don’t what you tell him. I think maybe, I don’t know, they have to figure it out. But I don’t know what you tell a defensive player today.”
Surrender? The Browns marketing department has come up with the most interesting promo giveaway ever for a Steelers home game – drown out the yellow terrible towels with inflatable white flags.
You read that correctly – white flags featuring the Browns’ helmet logo, which are sponsored, will be given to fans to wave Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The promotion was announced on the Browns’ official Facebook Page and Twitter accounts Wednesday morning.
You can’t make this stuff up folks.
That’s how out of touch this franchise is – white flag giveaway for a Steelers game. A few players, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, were beside themselves that the team would have such a giveaway.
It is quite a fitting promotion considering that the Browns are 4-23 since 1999 against Pittsburgh and 2-21 since Chris Palmer was fired after the 2000 season. Palmer managed to go 2-2 with an expansion team.
Rising Star: Rookie special teamer Johnson Bademosi will be this week’s 4th team captain coach Pat Shurmur announced Wednesday.
“It’s an honor,” Bademosi said. “Just to be voted by my teammates as a captain, it’s a blessing and an honor.”
Bademosi was pressed into service late in the 4th quarter and overtime last week at corner when Skrine left with a concussion. He recorded 3 tackles and impressed Jauron.
“He got tested, obviously with the talent level they have in Dallas. He did a nice job,” Jauron said. “We really like Johnson. He’s very into it and clearly he’s a very tough guy. He wants to do it badly. He wants to do it well. He wants to do it as well as you can possibly do it. He works at it all the time. (He’s a) terrific young man.”
New Gig: Former Browns receiver Carlton Mitchell has finally found a new team.
Mitchell, who was drafted by the Browns in the 6th round of the 2010 draft, was cut by the Browns on Aug. 26.
He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the remainder of the season.
Injury Report: Did Not Practice: CBs Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and Buster Skrine (head) and DB Ray Ventrone (calf)
Limited: WR Josh Cooper (knee), DB Joe Haden (oblique) and DL Ahtyba Rubin (calf/back)
Full: TE Jordan Cameron (groin), WR Josh Cribbs (back), DLs Juqua Parker (shin) and Frostee Rucker (shoulder), RB Trent Richardson (chest/ribs/finger), OL Jarrod Shaw (illness) and S T.J. Ward (knee/ankle)