Sunday, August 24, 2008

Remember when everyone was scared of the way the Browns played on Monday night against the Giants?

Remember how everyone was worried because the Giants defense was beating the Browns on seemingly every play?

Remember how the ESPN announcers were praising the Giants because of how their guys looked in a meaningless preseason game?

Well, Saturday night, in another meaningless preseason game (redundant, I know) star Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora injured his knee against the Jets and is out for the season.
No, this isn't a moment to be completely comfortable about the Browns after their last two games. But all of the sudden, the Browns are having a better preseason than the Giants.

This is just a reminder that even though the preseason's results don't count, the injuries do. The Browns have been bad in the preseason, but I'd rather have an 0-4 preseason with no season-ending injuries than a promising one where one of your team's best players gets hurt.

Remember Jamir Miller? How good would the Browns have been in 2002 with him on the field? Instead, the Browns best player was injured in the first preseason game, and just like that, his season and career were over.

You don't measure a preseason by wins and losses, or even by how your first teamers played.

You measure it by seeing how many players are on the active roster for week 1 of the regular season.



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