Rams running back Steven Jackson hadn’t heard about teammate Randy McMichael’s guarantee of a victory Sunday over Cleveland.
“He guaranteed a win?” Jackson said Wednesday in a conference call with media covering the Browns. “Well, I back it. I guarantee it with him. We don’t shy away from one another.
“If a guy puts it on the line, we’ve got to go do it.”
Rams running back Steven Jackson hadn’t heard about teammate Randy McMichael’s guarantee of a victory Sunday over Cleveland. “He guaranteed a win?” Jackson said Wednesday in a conference call with media covering the Browns. “Well, I back it. I guarantee it with him. We don’t shy away from one another. “If a guy puts it on the line, we’ve got to go do it.” McMichael, a 28-year-old tight end in his first year with the Rams, didn’t use the word guarantee. His comment that made the rounds in the Browns’ locker room: “We have nothing else to say. We are going to win the football game.” Browns tight end Kellen Winslow responded with a coy smile. “I don’t think you can guarantee a victory in this league,” Winslow said. “It’s hard.” Winslow was a Miami Hurricane when he got to know McMichael, then a Miami Dolphin. “Randy’s a cool guy,” Winslow said. “It’s just confidence in his team, and that’s the way it should be. It makes the game fun.” Browns center Hank Fraley has heard guarantees before. “It just shows the confidence they have,” Fraley said. “Sometimes it can spark your own team. Sometimes it can spark the other team. “To me, it’s just ... whatever.” It’s not as if the Rams (0-7) have much to lose if it backfires. Baxter Upbeat Gary Baxter says he could have played at game speed before the season is out, but the Browns felt they carried him on the active roster long enough. “I just ran out of time,” said the cornerback, who is trying to come back from double patellar tendon surgery. “I’m not that far off. I don’t want to feel like I’m holding up a roster spot when they could use it to better the team.” The Browns placed Baxter on injured reserve and signed journeyman safety Nick Sorenson, who has played for the Rams and Jaguars. Baxter said the Browns have been “first-class” in the way they’ve helped him through his rehabilitation. Off to the Races Sunday’s game will be the Browns’ first in a dome this season and their second on artificial turf (New England). “My speed is gonna come out this week,” Browns center Hank Fraley said. He was joking. Winslow was serious when he said: “It’s gonna be fast out there.” Winslow is fired up about playing in front of about 40 family members. “My family’s from East St. Louis,” he said. “My dad’s side of the family lives there. It’ll be fun.” Earplugs Time Fraley, an eighth-year pro, said St. Louis has the noisiest stadium in the league. “There are some real loud outdoor places, like Denver and Arrowhead in Kansas City and our place,” Fraley said. “In a dome, the noise bounces off the ceiling.” Browns quarterback Derek Anderson he has been a backup in domes, but will be playing in one for the first time. “It’ll be nice,” he said. “Obviously, there are no elements to deal with. Obviously, it will be louder.” Extra Points - Wideout Joe Jurevicius has responded well to a knee problem. He put in a full practice Wednesday. ... Running back Jamal Lewis was limited because of a foot injury, but Head Coach Romeo Crennel has said he expects Lewis to play at St. Louis. - Crennel continues to talk as if center LeCharles Bentley can play this season. The Browns have until Nov. 6 to decided whether to activate Bentley or place him on injured reserve. Canton Repository