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Source: Shaun Rogers out for season with leg injury, the latest blow to decimated defense

By Mary Kay Cabot

November 29, 2009, 8:02PM

UPDATED: 9:31 p.m.

 

 

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Joshua Gunter/The Plain DealerThe pain and frustration was easy to see in Shaun Rogers as the Browns' nose tackle was carted off the field in the final minutes of Sunday's game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

 

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- As if 1-10 isn't bad enough, Shaun Rogers, the Browns' best defensive player, will miss the rest of the season with a leg injury, a league source said.

 

The exact nature of the injury is unknown, but it could be an ankle or an Achilles. The Browns' nose tackle hobbled through the locker room Sunday on crutches, with his lower left leg wrapped and his face looking distraught.

 

Rogers spent a few minutes huddled up with Robaire Smith at his locker, then limped into the trainers' room, unable to put any weight on his right leg. Smith, who came back from an Achilles injury that cost him most of 2008, had some words of encouragement for his good friend.

 

The nature of Rogers' injury is unknown, but it didn't look good, either when he was carted off the field with a little more than three minutes left -- or after the game.

 

"It's like one of your brothers getting hurt," said Smith. "Like I told him, everything happens for a reason, and he's got to do whatever he can to get it right. The key is to jump on it early."

 

Added linebacker David Bowens: "It's bad to see him on crutches like that. Baby is one of those players that wants to be in there making plays for us and right now he's really frustrated -- and it's totally understandable."

 

Rogers was one of four defensive starters --- including two linemen -- who left the game with injuries. The others were end Kenyon Coleman (knee), linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (knee) and safety Brodney Pool (head injury).

 

Coleman left the game in the second quarter, Pool in the third and Wimbley for the second and final time with about 1:48 remaining. The injuries took a toll on a defense that's already missing its two starting middle linebackers in D'Qwell Jackson and Eric Barton, contributing to the Bengals gashing the Browns for 210 yards rushing.

 

"It's frustrating," said Smith. "Three leaders on our defensive [front] just got hurt. You've got two defensive linemen and a linebacker that plays a lot on our defensive line, so it's discouraging."

 

"It's tough," said Bowens, who has replaced Barton at inside linebacker. "It's very unfortunate. Those are a lot of the guys that we base our defense on because of their talents and abilities. When all three of them go down, it's tough. It's a blow to the chest. We have to regroup. But I'm confident in the guys we have coming in for them."

 

Ahtyba Rubin replaced Rogers, who was blocked into teammate C.J. Mosley on a running play with 3:39 left in the game. Corey Williams and Mosley rotated at end in place of Coleman. The Browns threw newcomer Matt Roth into the starting lineup at outside linebacker to replace Trusnik, who moved inside of place of Kaluka Maiava.

 

If Wimbley has to miss time, Trusnik will probably move back outside and Maiava will go back in next to Bowens.

 

"We had quite a few guys go down, but that's when the backups have to step up and do their job," said Williams. "I hope I'll get more playing time, but I hate for it to come because of injury. I know Shaun is upset. Anytime you're injured, you're going to be upset. We'll get back to Cleveland and see what's wrong with him, because no one really knows. Hopefully it's not too bad."

 

Also of major concern is Pool. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, it will either be his fourth or fifth, depending on the nature of a head injury he suffered against the Lions in preseason. With the NFL's crackdown on concussions, Pool will be watched very closely. He might also give thought to whether or not he'd want to continue playing.

 

"Of course, I'm worried about him," said Eric Wright. "I didn't know until just now he had a head injury."

 

Some of the Browns newcomers made significant contributions Sunday. Roth, claimed off waivers Wednesday from Miami, finished with seven tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss, and a quarterback hit.

 

"Roth came in, we all know he's a big physical linebacker, he put some pressure on the quarterback, and got him down a couple of times," said Smith. "He played well for us to only be here a couple of days."

 

Roth, who started 14 games for the Dolphins last season and had five sacks, practiced with the team only Thursday and Friday before getting the starting nod.

 

"Thursday's practice was my first day and my uncle died on Thanksgiving," he said. "It's been a tough week, but the guys were good in welcoming me."

 

Trusnik also stood out, tying Mike Adams for a team-high 10 tackles, including one for a loss.

 

"Trusnik's been coming in and making a lot of things happen ever since he got here," said Smith. "He's been playing a lot of different positions and doing a great job."

 

Based on the postgame injury picture, the Browns will need plenty more of that.

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Can anything else happen to us this season?!? Im so sick of this bullshit. Players getting hurt, coaches calling the dumbest plays they can come up with. wr,s not able to catch a cold the qb throwing the ball 20 yards out of bounds and the offense that wont even try to block. They would save us a lot of trouble and money and heartache to just quit now.

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Can anything else happen to us this season?!? Im so sick of this bullshit. Players getting hurt, coaches calling the dumbest plays they can come up with. wr,s not able to catch a cold the qb throwing the ball 20 yards out of bounds and the offense that wont even try to block. They would save us a lot of trouble and money and heartache to just quit now.

 

The QB draw might have been the best play-call of the season, shortly followed by having Cribbs pass to someone who can catch (quinn).

 

We have three rushing TD's this season, all by QB's. Good grief!

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normally I would be really upset by this...but this year I'm completely 100% apathetic. Big Baby is out....at least we have a better shot at the #1 overall pick

 

I don't like to see anybody hurt, and know you didn't mean you did...

 

Rogers had a Achilles injury a year or two ago...if that is a problem again, the guy might be done.

 

Not many years ago you were done if it happened once. If it is the same tendon torn again, one wonders how many times it can realistically be repaired?

 

What was a solid position for us, or provided us legit trade impact if we went that route is now possibly nothing but a very big hole in a already pitiful defense.

 

This bothers me a lot.

 

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While there's no doubt Rodgers is truly injured, the number of injuries on the Browns seems pretty high.

 

I wonder if some players who have suffered injured might be able and willing to play if the team were a contender?

 

If I'm a player for the Browns this season and I go down with an injury, I'm gonna STAY down rather than risk a career ending injury. What's the point of playing out the string if you're less than fully healthy?

 

I'm not saying anyone's faking an injury but they'd be smart to play up the severity of the injury if it can keep them healthy long term.

 

I suppose some might say that's quitting on the team and the coach but I'd be hard pressed to say its not the smarter move.

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Can anything else happen to us this season?!? Im so sick of this bullshit. Players getting hurt, coaches calling the dumbest plays they can come up with. wr,s not able to catch a cold the qb throwing the ball 20 yards out of bounds and the offense that wont even try to block. They would save us a lot of trouble and money and heartache to just quit now.

 

Could anything else happen? Yea, they could screw up and win a game and lose the #1 pick!

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While there's no doubt Rodgers is truly injured, the number of injuries on the Browns seems pretty high.

 

I wonder if some players who have suffered injured might be able and willing to play if the team were a contender?

 

If I'm a player for the Browns this season and I go down with an injury, I'm gonna STAY down rather than risk a career ending injury. What's the point of playing out the string if you're less than fully healthy?

 

I'm not saying anyone's faking an injury but they'd be smart to play up the severity of the injury if it can keep them healthy long term.

 

I suppose some might say that's quitting on the team and the coach but I'd be hard pressed to say its not the smarter move.

 

 

They always say you are more susceptible to injury when you are not playing hard. None of these guys have apparently played very hard this year. Perhaps that explains it.

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While there's no doubt Rodgers is truly injured, the number of injuries on the Browns seems pretty high.

 

I wonder if some players who have suffered injured might be able and willing to play if the team were a contender?

 

If I'm a player for the Browns this season and I go down with an injury, I'm gonna STAY down rather than risk a career ending injury. What's the point of playing out the string if you're less than fully healthy?

 

I'm not saying anyone's faking an injury but they'd be smart to play up the severity of the injury if it can keep them healthy long term.

 

I suppose some might say that's quitting on the team and the coach but I'd be hard pressed to say its not the smarter move.

 

 

Come on Joe....be fair....the injuries aren't all that high, and trying to insinuate a broken bone is something better practice conditions could have prevents is absurd.

 

 

Don't even try to side with that.

 

I am cool with you and others not liking Mangini, but don't try to just make stuff up in some bogus effort to make a point.

 

Hell...Mangini allowed Rogers to sit out all pre-season with some made up injury to keep from practicing in the heat of summer.

 

If anything, beach about that as the reason Rogers broke his ankle..

 

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I think Joe Six Pat has a point, somewhat. I don't think the players are faking injuries per se, but I do believe that our record and sorry performance week in and out is a factor. Let's face it, players want to win. That's why they play the game. If a team is doing bad, I think some injuries that tend to be minor may get blown out of proportions. A rolled ankle for a playeron a good team could be a high ankle sprain for someone on a bad one. Do I think that's the case with Shaun Rogers, D'Qwell, and Barton? No. But that could be the case for some of the other players that are always listed as questionable. It's not that they are faking, it's just that they have less incentive to get their way back on the field. And it's perfectly honorable, they are hedging their bets. The risk of more serious injury will not return a benefit greater than the cost of further harm. We won't make the playoffs, and we will still finish in the bottom of the league this season.

 

Look at it this way, do you think Matt Stafford would have fought his way through 5 trainers to finish out the drive if they were losing to us by 10?

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Come on Joe....be fair....the injuries aren't all that high, and trying to insinuate a broken bone is something better practice conditions could have prevents is absurd.

 

 

Don't even try to side with that.

 

I am cool with you and others not liking Mangini, but don't try to just make stuff up in some bogus effort to make a point.

 

Hell...Mangini allowed Rogers to sit out all pre-season with some made up injury to keep from practicing in the heat of summer.

 

If anything, beach about that as the reason Rogers broke his ankle..

 

I'm not sure what you're beef is. I said clearly that there's no doubt that Rodgers is injured. I didn't say a word about conditioning.

 

If you think he's faking or this is practice related you're welcome to that opinion but I'm not going to join you suggesting Roders is faking a broken ankle.

 

 

As far as other players, the vast majority of the NFL contenders have a high number of walking wounded. On a contending team they'll strap on their helmet and go out and play.

 

Why on earth would anyone advocate they risk hurting the Browns chances next season or their careers by playing injured to play out this season for the Browns?

 

 

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I suppose some might say that's quitting on the team and the coach but I'd be hard pressed to say its not the smarter move.

 

Noted. If you think that "quitting" on the team or the coach is the smarter move...don't think that will escape whoever is making the decisions next year. Not the kind of player we want here anyway.

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