Browns going back to Quinn at quarterback
Brady Quinn and the Cleveland Browns are right back where they started.
Benched by coach Eric Mangini just 2.5 games and 69 pass attempts into the season, Quinn will start Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens, the team he was facing on Sept. 27 when the former Notre Dame star was yanked at halftime.
Quinn's got his second chance. Now he must make the most of it.
"I'm excited to play," he said. "I'm excited to be part of Monday night."
Quinn never worried about getting another opportunity. He was confident it would come. Patience is the one thing he has mastered during his short pro career.
"That's kind of how I've learned to live life, at least in the NFL," he said.
Mangini's decision to switch back from Derek Anderson to Quinn wasn't met with overwhelming support in Cleveland's locker room. Several Browns players interviewed Wednesday said they were unaware of Quinn's return to the top of the depth chart.
With his team at 1-7 and showing little progress amid growing speculation about his future, Mangini may as well give Quinn another look to see if he can get things going. Quinn can't do any worse than Anderson, who posted the NFL's lowest passer rating (36.2) and was unable to crank up Cleveland's offense.
· Trent Edwards is back as the Buffalo Bills starter, though he might be missing his top threat after Terrell Owens missed practice yesterday because of a strained hip. Coach Dick Jauron said Owens' hip began bothering him during the team's day off on Tuesday, and he noted that the receiver was feeling "very uncomfortable" when he arrived for meetings on yesterday.
· Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn said running back Clinton Portis is "very, very doubtful" to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday because of a concussion.
· Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin said he's "moved on" after Sunday's critical comments directed at coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff. Boldin said he has no regrets about those comments.
"I said what I had to say, and I'm done with it," Boldin said yesterday. "For me, it's not even an issue. That was Sunday and I've moved on."
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver was held out of Sunday's 41-21 victory at Chicago because of a sprained right ankle and complained afterward that "no one was man enough" to tell him he was inactive.
· Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's drug policy.