BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Terrelle Pryor just wants to win.
And he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Pryor admitted his disappointment in their 0-2 start Wednesday, but he also made it clear that he’s the ultimate team-first guy and will do whatever head coach Hue Jackson asks of him – even returning to play quarterback – to help the Browns get in the win column.
“For this city, for the coaching staff that worked their butts off and my teammates I will do anything for us to win. Anything,” Pryor said. “Cut my finger off, do whatever I gotta to do. That is because I want to win. I really want to win. Last week was devastating so we got a taste, but we have a lot of positivity and positive things out of last week, things we could do different.
“I’m willing to die on this field, I want to win. I am all about winning, competing. For me, that is what this is about for me. That is it.”
Pryor was inspired by Josh McCown’s post game speech Sunday about the need to show his kids what it means to be tough as to why he wouldn’t come out of the game despite dealing with tremendous pain in his left shoulder. He enters Sunday’s game as the Browns’ emergency option at quarterback, assuming head coach Hue Jackson doesn’t have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Jackson appreciates Pryor’s competitive spirit.
“I think our whole team is like that right now,” Jackson said. “We want to win. That is all we talk about. We want to win. I think you have to believe you can before you do. That is what we talk about, and hopefully, we are not just all playing lip service to it. We have to do the things that it takes to win.”
Pryor finished with 3 catches for 32 yards in the 25-20 loss to Baltimore that also included a questionable taunting penalty against him called with 21 seconds to play that wiped out a 20 yard completion that would’ve set up a first and goal at the 10.
Pryor has totaled 6 catches for 100 yards in 2 games.
What Else Is New – Cody Kessler is the 26th name added to the starting quarterback list for the Browns since 1999. He’ll be the 18th different starter that 9-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas has blocked for.
Thomas had trouble putting into words the latest strain of bad luck at the position. Dating back to last season, this marks the fifth consecutive game they’ve had to go with a different starter.
“I guess I have not reflected on where it ranks, but certainly we have been in this situation before where we are down to the third quarterback,” Thomas said. “Unfortunately, it has happened more times than not in my career. The guys that have been here for a while, we know how to handle it. I think the guys that are new, it is a quick lesson on being ready because at any moment you could go from zero snaps to being the starter.”
Last year Thomas told the story of how he introduced himself to Josh Johnson, who had been with the Browns for a few days before relieving Thaddeus Lewis late in the fourth quarter of the season finale at Pittsburgh in 2012, in the huddle.
Luckily Thomas has had plenty of time to get acquainted with Kessler and he had an opportunity to introduce himself to newcomer Charlie Whitehurst.
It Happens – Center Cameron Erving was back working out again Wednesday, just days after leaving FirstEnergy Stadium in an ambulance. Erving collapsed with less than a minute to play Sunday and was rushed to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a bruised lung after the game.
“I’m feeling better,” Erving said. “Just happy to be back in the building today.”
Erving, who described the ordeal as a “crazy experience,” declined to provide specifics about how the injury occurred, the significance of it, or the timetable for his return.
Erving has been ruled out for this week’s game in Miami for starters but the setback hasn’t changed his view of playing professional football.
“It is football, man. For lack of a better term, [stuff] happens,” Irving said. “We all know that. It is football, and we are all aware of risks every day, every time we step out on the field. That is it. I’m just happy to be healthy.”
New Lawn – It’s been a long time since fresh sod has been needed in Berea because the Browns have one of the best kept lawns for their 4 practice fields in northeast Ohio. The grounds crew treats and works on the fields daily, but they have taken a beating so far this year so the team resodded the back 2 fields of the practice facility Wednesday and may consider resodding the front 2 as well.
Injury report – DNP: DE Carl Nassib (hand/ruled OUT), QB Josh McCown (shoulder/ruled OUT), C Cameron Erving (chest, lung/ruled OUT), S Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), LT Joe Thomas (not injury related); LIMITED: DL Stephen Paea (elbow), TE Randall Telfer (neck), NT Danny Shelton (knee)