Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, Browns CB Haden meet again
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter December 13, 2013 9:10PM
Updated: January 15, 2014 6:15AM
If the world took notice of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery after his touchdown grab Monday night, he didn’t notice.
Jeffery got the usual number of text messages from friends and family after the victory against the Cowboys.
“Attention, that’s something I ain’t worried about,” he said Friday.
How the Browns pay attention to Jeffery is another story.
Star cornerback Joe Haden will line up Sunday against Jeffery or Brandon Marshall.
Jeffery wasn’t sure where Haden would line up — “We’ll see when we get out there on the field,” he said — but he respects the fourth-year player who’s on his way to his first Pro Bowl.
“I played against him in college; he’s pretty good,” Jeffery said.
In 2009, Jeffery had six catches for 57 yards against Haden’s Florida Gators as a freshman.
“He covers well in man-to-man coverage,” coach Marc Trestman said. “He takes chances, but oftentimes those chances are very successful.
“He’s a physical guy at the line of scrimmage. He’s not afraid to get his hands on you, and he can make plays, certainly.”
Linebacker Lance Briggs won’t play in Cleveland, but the Bears are increasingly confident he’ll return from his fractured left shoulder in time for the game Dec. 22 in Philadelphia.
“I’d be optimistic, yes,” Trestman said. “I’d be much more optimistic next week.”
Before being ruled out, Briggs practiced Friday for a second consecutive day; Thursday was his first practice suffering the injury Oct. 20 against the Redskins.
Safety Major Wright said it would be great to get Briggs back for the last two games.
“We definitely gotta get him going,” Wright said.
Wright has his own concerns: trying to stop wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has 1,400 receiving yards in only 11 games.
“He’s definitely a run-after-the-catch receiver,” Wright said. “You don’t want him to catch any speed. You just wanna get him down the first time.
“You gotta gang-tackle, just keep him quiet. You keep him quiet, it’ll stay quiet.
“If you let him get any kind of confidence, it’s over.”
This and that
Marshall was fined $15,000 for wearing orange cleats Monday, a source confirmed.
◆ Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick was fined $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Marshall. Defensive end George Selvie was fined $15,750 for hitting quarterback Josh McCown below the knees.
◆ Browns running back Willis McGahee (concussion), tight end Andre Smith (calf) and offensive lineman John Greco (knee) were ruled out Friday.
Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas (back), who was limited all week, was a full participant.