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Little plays well in loss

Posted Oct 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- Despite battling an illness at the end of the week, Greg Little caught six passes in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Second-year Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little missed Thursday’s practice and was limited on Friday with an illness, but tied a career high with six receptions in the seven times he was targeted with a pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden in Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Little gained 52 yards and caught a 14-yard touchdown pass on the Browns’ first drive of the game.

“I knew I was feeling terrible all week long and I had already made it up in my mind that I was going to play, no matter what,” Little said. “Just to come out and be productive and execute everything. That was really big. I think it says a lot about who I am and what I’m going to put in for this team.

“The fever’s been up and down all week, and I just had to push through it.”

Little’s 14-yard touchdown reception drew the Browns to within one point of the Colts, at 7-6, with 14:01 remaining in the second quarter.

The 16-play, 90-yard drive consumed 8:22 and was the longest of the season, both in terms of plays and time of possession.

After an offensive pass interference penalty on wide receiver Joshua Cribbs that negated tight end Benjamin Watson’s four-yard touchdown catch, the Browns faced a third-and-goal from the Colts’ 14-yard line. Weeden delivered the pass to Little over the middle of the field.

Little deflected the ball into the air and caught it as he was falling out of the back of the end zone. Originally ruled a touchdown on the field, the call was upheld after a booth review showed Little’s left foot, shin and knee all touched down in bounds before he fell out of the end zone.

“(I had) no doubt at all,” Little said. “I had beaten the corner and I knew I was going to get the ball at that point. Brandon had gone through his progression and so, by the time the ball came, the corner had caught back up. I knew he was in a position where he could make a play and he jumped a little early.

“It forced me to jump early, too. I caught it on the way coming down and I just fell in the end zone. When I jumped, the ball was still hanging, so it hit my fingertips just enough to where I could still make a play on it.”