>> Preseason comes to a merciful end. The best part of this game is that it’s over, and the Browns came out of it relatively healthy. It pretty much played out as a typical fourth preseason game, which is to say it was played poorly for the most part. The Browns rested most of their starters, the Bears rested all of them, and it showed. There was sloppy play in all phases. What does it mean? Not a whole lot. Sure, it doesn’t exactly provide a ringing endorsement for the Browns’ depth. But it would be a mistake to be overly concerned about that based on a preseason performance. The goal was simply to get through this thing and get on with the far more important business of preparing for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
>> Curious kicking situation. The night’s strange start, courtesy of Campbell being yanked from the starting lineup, got a little bit stranger when kicker Shayne Graham also wound up a late scratch because of a tightening of his back. With fellow kicker
>> James-Michael Johnson makes a little noise. It’s hard to say whether it will break up an apparent logjam for what could be two backup spots at inside linebacker, but Johnson seemingly helped his cause by intercepting a pass from Trent Edwards and returning it 23 yards for a touchdown. It wasn’t a particularly spectacular play; Edwards threw the ball right to him. But it certainly didn’t hurt for Johnson to make such a play while embroiled in competition with
>> David Nelson’s disappointing return. This was supposed to be the receiver’s big chance to convince the Browns’ decision-makers that he should have a spot on the final, 53-man roster. However, it ended with him limping off the field after Hoyer’s second interception. Nelson attempted to stay in the game, but he clearly was having trouble walking, let alone running. Nelson wound up catching four passes for 54 yards, including one for 21 yards and a 16-yarder that set up a field goal late in the first half. However, it ended with him limping off the field with cramps after Hoyer’s second interception.
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