Amid speculation his job is in jeopardy, Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel said Monday he isn't worried about his future.
Expected to be a playoff contender after winning 10 games last season, the Browns lost their third straight home game and fell to 4-7 on Sunday following an embarrassing 16-6 loss to the Houston Texans. Crennel, 24-35 since taking over in 2005, was disappointed with his team's performance and said the ``buck stops with me.''
Also, Crennel said quarterback Brady Quinn has not lost his starting job after being pulled in the third quarter on Sunday in favor of Derek Anderson. Crennel was hoping Anderson, a Pro Bowler who was benched earlier this season, could spark the Browns, but Quinn will be under center when Cleveland hosts Indianapolis this week.
Crennel said Quinn, who broke the tip of his right index finger in a win last week over Buffalo, has a damaged tendon that affects the rotation on his passes.
Bengals
Quarterback Carson Palmer will throw in two weeks and then decide whether his passing elbow needs reconstructive surgery.
Palmer acknowledged Monday that the ligament and tendon in his right elbow are partially torn from the bone. He has missed the last six games, doing rehabilitation in hopes the elbow will heal without surgery. Palmer hasn't given up on the notion of playing this season.
If the elbow bothers him when he resumes throwing on Dec. 7, he will have to decide whether to have reconstructive surgery that could affect him into next season. Palmer said on Monday that the elbow is feeling better and getting stronger with his rehabilitation work.
Steelers
Mitch Berger is replacing Paul Ernster as the punter for the second time since training camp.
The Steelers released the ineffective Ernster on Monday and brought back Berger, who was released Nov. 5 after averaging 41.9 yards in eight games. Berger had a hamstring problem that was affecting his punting when he was released.
Ernster was signed to replace Berger, but averaged only 31.3 yards on 12 punts in three games. His 28.5 average yardage on five punts during the Steelers' 27-10 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday was their second lowest in a game since 1970.
``It was horrible,'' coach Mike Tomlin said that night of the punting. ``It will be addressed.''
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