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Sorensen to miss time

Posted Aug 30, 2010

Browns DB Nick Sorensen will miss some time after being injured against the Detroit Lions Saturday night at Ford Field.

After Saturday’s injury on a special teams play that required him to be taken off the turf at Ford Field in Detroit, Nick Sorensen was responsive, had feeling in all four extremities and later tests at a local hospital came back negative.

On Monday, Browns head coach Eric Mangini said that Sorensen's injury would require time to heal.

“Nick won’t be at practice today,” said Mangini. “The tests were negative after the game. He will be resting for a while, so you won’t see him out there. With something like this, you go through the tests and still go through the next four days, five days, however many days they tell us it is to make sure things are safe.”

Sorensen was injured on kickoff coverage following Lawrence Vickers’ five-yard touchdown catch from Jake Delhomme.

“I don’t think that kickoff was a function of a formation that needed to be changed. It was just the way that those two players struck each other,” he said. “They both kind of lowered for the impact and where the Detroit player was, it just ended up being helmet-to-helmet. They were both going at such high speeds, I don’t know how you could police that or change that.

“I don’t think it was a function of any advantage they had on the return team,” Mangini added. “I thought it was really one primary guy and maybe the other guy could’ve caught him, but I thought it was the one, initial collision that really did it.”

Sorensen is a ten-year NFL veteran who played with the St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars before joining the Browns in 2007. He has played in 41 games with the Browns and although he is listed as a defensive back on the roster, Sorensen’s biggest contributions have come on special teams.

While he is a solid tackler in coverage, Sorensen also calls for the snap of the football when the Browns are punting.

“There’s always going to be guys like that, that are core special teams players,” said Mangini. “Nick has played defense and can play defense, but really, he’s found a niche that he does really well. He has versatility on special teams; he plays on all of them pretty much.

“In addition to that, he’s just a good person and a good teammate,” he added. “You’re constantly looking for core teams guys that are versatile and he’s been that. Often, you see guys hang around a long time, whether it’s with their original teams or with other teams in that role.”

TAKING GOOD WITH BAD

The Browns won both the time of possession and total yardage battle, as they held onto the ball for 34:31 and outgained the Lions 414 to 347 Saturday night. Individually, quarterback Jake Delhomme was 20-of-25 for 152 yards with one touchdown.

However, with the good, came three turnovers that turned into 21 points for the Lions.

“I’d say offensively, I really liked a lot of things we did,” Mangini said. “I thought the operation overall was efficient. I thought we ran the no-huddle stuff really well. Jake did an excellent job of getting us into good plays, of seeing where the pressure points are and fixing some of those problems. He also did a really nice job distributing the ball. A lot of guys got involved in the passing game and scored a lot of points, racked up a lot of yards, first downs and the two-minute drive backed up.

“There was a long line of things I was happy with, but at the end of the day, those were all offset by three turnovers and then, putting the ball on the ground a fourth time,” he added. “That’s kind of how it goes.”

“LINING” THINGS UP

For the first time in the preseason, Browns offensive lineman Tony Pashos was on the field and in the starting line-up at right tackle. Rookie Shawn Lauvao lined up next to Pashos at right guard after missing the Rams game due to personal reasons.

“I thought they played well,” Mangini said of the right side of the line. “There were a few hiccups, and I thought it was a nice first game for them to play together because there were quite a few pressures; there were quite a few stunts. It was some really nice speed, especially on the edge with (Cliff) Avril. I thought they played well, especially because it was the first time they’ve played together.”

DEVELOPMENT AT WR

Joshua Cribbs is a hard-working football player that is willing to do anything or line up anywhere in order to help the team win. In the past, he has returned kicks and punts, while also working out of The Wildcat formation.

For the past two training camps, Cribbs has worked a lot with the wide receivers and is starting to see the fruits of his labor. On Saturday afternoon, Cribbs hauled in three passes for 47 yards, including a 30-yarder along the Lions sideline where he controlled the ball and got both feet down before falling out of bounds.

Four players later, Peyton Hillis followed Vickers into the end zone.

"That one on the sideline, that was a big-time catch and he’s had some other ones,” Mangini said. “He’s made plays on fourth down, but not only that, he blows people up when he’s blocking. You can run him on reverses, play him at quarterback and he makes me happy.”

SCHAEFERING SHOWS VALUE

In the past, Brian Schaefering has shown himself to be a versatile lineman capable of making plays and he continued to do that last Saturday night.

Schaefering helped the Browns score their first touchdown against the Lions by forcing Kevin Smith to fumble the football. Eric Wright picked up the fumble and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

“It’s been nice to see his development over time,” said Mangini, who also coached Schaefering with the Jets. “There’s quite a few things that he can continue to work on in terms of playing the base technique and he and I have talked about it. He is a worker. He’s got a high motor. He’s got some toughness and he’s made some plays throughout this preseason. He made some plays last year. I think all those things are real pluses from him. It’s nice to see guys like him continue to make strides.”

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