Browns head coach Eric Mangini said Thursday that if ILB D'Qwell Jackson plays Sunday at Baltimore, it will be in "packages," not as an every-down player as he tries to return from a pectoral injury that kept him out of the first two games of the season.
"Today, he'll get a few more reps than he got yesterday, and then we'll gauge it again tomorrow," Mangini said Thursday morning, according to the team. "I like where we're heading, and I think that the plan we have in place is good, but each day we have to take a step back, see how he is, and that dictates the plan for the next day.
"We have a plan in place where if he can play, I would imagine it would be in packages as opposed to going out and playing 65 plays, but sometimes it feels better and you can do more. You just want to make sure you do it the right way so that you don't risk re-injury because you have come so far to get to this point. It's a balancing act there."
Jackson has been limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
Mangini declined to discuss Jackson's role once he becomes healthy.
"At that point I think we'll just see where we are because as you guys can tell, week to week it changes," Mangini said. "Guys that you think are going to be there aren't there, and that changes somebody's role dramatically. I couldn't give you a good answer right now. I just have to see where we are."
Jackson, 26, has started 48-of-49 NFL games in which he has played. He racked up 59 tackles in six games a season ago before suffering a pectoral injury. He injured the other pectoral in August.
The way we see it
How Jackson is used on Sunday, if he plays, bears watching. Chris Gocong has started at inside linebacker in the club's first two games, with Eric Barton and Scott Fujita getting a start apiece inside.