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Here's our weekly look at the contributions made by Browns rookies this season:
CB Joe Haden (first round): Haden is the Browns' third cornerback and sees regular playing time. On Sunday he drew a key offensive pass interference on Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco on a 3rd-and-3 play from the Cleveland 31-yard line with 5:20 left and the Browns holding a 23-20 lead. OLB Matt Roth sacked QB Carson Palmer on the next play, and the Bengals punted the ball away. Cleveland converted three first downs on its next drive and secured the win. Haden is also a key contributor on special teams, notching four tackles in coverage.
SS T.J. Ward (second round): Ward is having a very productive season. On pace for 144 tackles, he brings a physical presence to the back end of the defense, though that physicality and aggressiveness cost him when he drew a flag for hitting Bengals WR Jordan Shipley in the helmet on a 3rd-and-7 from the Cleveland 7-yard line with 10:54 left in the game. The Bengals capitalized, scoring a TD that cut Cleveland's lead to 23-20. Ward also has four special-teams tackles.
QB Colt McCoy (third round): He's been the No. 2 quarterback with Jake Delhomme missing the last three games. McCoy will be the third quarterback when Delhomme returns and Seneca Wallace moves into the top backup role.
OG Shawn Lauvao (third round): He was a limited participant in practice last week because of an ankle injury and was inactive for a fourth consecutive game. Expected to challenge to start at right guard, Lauvao is behind veteran Floyd Womack on the depth chart.
SS Larry Asante (fifth round): He was waived on Sept. 4 and signed to the Browns' practice squad the next day.
WR Carlton Mitchell (sixth round): He has been inactive for the first three games and missed Week Four with a head injury. He's third on the depth chart behind Brian Robiskie and Joshua Cribbs.
DL Travis Ivey (undrafted free agent): Waived from the roster on Sept. 4 and re-signed to the practice squad Sept. 5.
DL Brian Sanford (undrafted free agent): Like Ivey, he was re-signed to the practice squad Sept. 5 after being waived the previous day.
DL Boo Robinson (undrafted free agent): Signed to Cleveland's practice squad on Oct. 1. Philadelphia, which signed him in May, waived him on Sept. 3.
Notes: RB Montario Hardesty (second round, No. 59) is on injured reserve after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Browns' final preseason game. ... DE Clifton Geathers (sixth round, No. 186) was waived by the Browns on Sept. 4. The Dolphins claimed him on Sept. 5, waived him from their roster on Sept. 14, re-signed him to the practice squad Sept. 15 and waived him from the practice squad Sept. 18. ... WR Johnathan Haggerty (undrafted free agent) was waived/injured on Aug. 16 with a foot injury and is currently on Cleveland's injured reserve list.