Many times, I’m a fan of mid-to-late season bye weeks. However, many times I do not anticipate a team falling apart at the seems before the season even starts. Thus, our week five bye week could not have been more timely given the fact that we finally won a game, and we still had plenty of guys that could use some time shore up their health.
With Kevin Shaffer succumbing to his third career concussion, our right tackle for this coming Monday night appears to be the now-healthy Ryan Tucker.
“Every week it’s feeling more natural, more normal,” Tucker said. “I’m really close right now. If I’m on the field, I’ll be full speed. There won’t be any excuses, that’s for sure.”
A fractured hip in May has kept Tucker on the trainers table for the last few months. And no player can attest to Tucker’s presence more than Derek Anderson who has had little-to-no time in the pocket this season. Given what happened to D.A. during the preseason game against the Giants, this is very good news for the Browns. And while we will be huge underdogs this week, I’ll take any positive news I can get.
Which then leads us to Shaffer…
Not only does he have the concussion, but he also has a broken bone in his hand. He underwent a neurological exam yesterday and is reportedly awaiting his results. So, if you’re keeping score at home, Shaffer now joins Anderson and safety Brodney Pool on the concussions-to-date list. And we’ve only played four games. Wonderful.
Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Ryan Tucker ready to start [Cleveland.com]