Packers: Previewing Browns Game

Jclombardi previews Browns preseason game.

Guest senior writer jclombardi @ http://lombardiave.com

Preseason game: Packers (0-0) vs. Browns (0-0) in our first exhibition game of 2010 NFL season  at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lambeau Field.  

Injury report: Packers–S Bigby (ankle), CB Blackmon (knee), CB Harris (knee), RB Starks (hamstring), OL  Spitz (calf) and LB Matthews (hamstring) are out. LB  Barnett (knee), LB Obiozor (calf) and LB Joseph (thigh) probably won’t play. OL Lang is questionable.  Browns–RB Hardesty (knee), DT  Rogers (leg), P Zastudil (knee) and LB Jackson (chest) are out. LB  Veikune (undisclosed), OT  Pashos (shoulder), LB Bowens (knee) and OG Womack (leg) are questionable.

Things to Watch:

ROOKIE S BURNETT’S 1ST TEST: Morgan Burnett, a third-round pick (No. 71 overall), will start on the strong side and probably play a lot.

ROOKIE OL BULAGA–First-round draft pick Bulaga is supposed to spend 2010 backing up Clifton at left tackle. Now he’s challenging Colledge for the starting job at left guard

ROOKIE GEM–How will impressive rookie CB Shields play?

QUARTERBACK PLAY–RODGERS & FLYNN: Rodgers will play a series or two.  Then Flynn will finish out the half and start the second.  The Browns will startCoach  Jake Delhomme and let him play a quarter.

DOUBLE DUTY–TE/LB HAVNER: Linebacker Havner may wind up playing on both sides of the ball.  He’ll definitely play in the middle on defense

PUNTERS–1ST ROUND: First official game in which Masthay and Bryan will punt against one another.  Coaches are eager to see how they perform in a live situation.

OLB PLAYIt’s time to see if Chillar, Jones and Poppinga can get to the quarterback especially without Matthews who’s out with a hamstring injury.

PROFILES: Burnett filling in nicely for Packers.  Change makes difference for Packers’ Jackson.  Safety Collins stays hungry despite big contract.


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