Tag:Robaire Smith
Posted on: October 20, 2010 10:06 pm
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Analyzing the Browns' OL, DL injuries

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Browns took a hit up front on both sides of the ball Wednesday. Offensively, right tackle Tony Pashos, who has played in all six games and has three starts, was placed on Injured Reserve with an ankle injury. Defensively, end Robaire Smith (five starts on the season), went on I.R. with a back problem.

The loss on offense is not devastating, quite frankly. Pashos is inconsistent, thanks to questionable change-of-direction skills and pass-blocking technique. Utility backup John St. Clair can fill in. St. Clair was solid at right tackle last season.

Defensively, Smith is a meaty veteran, but he tends to wear down late in the season. That said, the Browns don’t have much depth on the edge. Brian Schaefering, an undrafted third-year pro, will likely take over.

With Pashos and Smith gone, the Browns had two vacant roster spots to fill. They called on diminutive return specialist Yamon Figurs (who won’t see much action once Joshua Cribbs is healthy) and Pat McQuistan (a young journeyman offensive lineman who was most recently cut by the Jaguars).

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:40 pm
 

Shaun Rogers's health could be a problem

Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote today:

Nose tackle Shaun Rogers (who suffered a serious leg injury late last season), who still hasn't passed his physical, did some work on blocking sleds with a trainer nearby. It appeared a sign of progress that Rogers might soon come off PUP and rejoin his teammates. But coach Eric Mangini threw water on that thought when he said, "I don't think we're close right now. I think we're a little ways away."

Rogers’s absence is critical. The Browns are prepared to go with Ahtyba Rubin at nose tackle, but Rogers’s presence would still be sorely missed on the edges. Starting ends Kenyon Coleman and Robaire Smith were both underwhelming last season. (The former hasn’t shown the same level as energy that he did as a backup for the Cowboys and Jets, and the latter is in his 30’s and wore down late in the schedule).

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 8:38 pm
 

More on Robaire Smith


The Browns have released a terse statement regarding defensive end Robaire Smith. In an email to Pro Football Talk, GM Tom Heckert said, "We have been aware of the situation with Robaire Smith and continue to monitor it closely.”R. Smith (US Presswire)

Earlier today Smith was charged with possession of a firearm in an airport, according to the Flint Journal (Michigan). This stems from last November when Smith was questioned prior to boarding a flight from Bishop Airport to Atlanta. An airport security X-ray machine showed a loaded gun in Smiths’ carry-on bag.

According to reports, the Belgium 5.7 caliber gun had between 15 and 17 rounds in the magazine but did not have a bullet in the chamber. Smith told authorities he had forgotten about the weapon. The delay in legal action had to do with deliberations over whether to bring about federal or local charges. (Smith is being charged locally.)

Smith is the second Browns defensive lineman to be charged with firearm possession at an airport this offseason. In April, Shaun Rogers was arrested for having a loaded gun at Cleveland airport. No word yet on whether the NFL will discipline either player.


--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:27 am
 

Robaire Smith faces gun charge

Last year, Browns DE Robaire Smith was busted after security found a loaded gun in his luggage at Bishop Airport in Flint, Mich. On Thursday, he was charged with possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail a $1,000 fine.

Mlive.com has the complete story. 

After airport security found the gun in his luggage in Nov. 2009, he said he had forgotten he had possession of the firearm.

From the story:

The Belgium 5.7 caliber gun had between 15 and 17 rounds in the magazine but did not have a bullet in the chamber, (Genesee County Prosecutor David) Leyton said.

The gun was confiscated and he was released pending further investigation, said Leyton.

Leyton said there were discussions on whether charges should be issued federally or locally before Thursday’s decision to bring charges on the local level.


It’s unclear whether Smith will face discipline from the NFL.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 9:04 am
 

Position Change for Shaun Rogers?

There are thoughts in Cleveland about moving Shaun Rogers from nose tackle to defensive end. The 350-pounder has spent the entire offseason rehabbing after last December’s ankle/leg surgery. Rogers, who rarely speaks to reporters, hasn’t made any public comments since his airport gun arrest in April.

The thinking behind the position change is that Rogers’s backup, Ahtyba Rubin, played well down the stretch last season and needs to see more snaps. Rubin had trouble holding ground early in 2009, but by season’s end he’d become somewhat of an anchor. He doesn’t have first-class initial quickness or the brute force to penetrate a backfield; Rogers’s dominance inside – and the attention it commands – has done wonders for Cleveland’s other defensive linemen.

If moved to end, Rogers would likely play ahead of 11th-year veteran Robaire Smith, who no longer has the stamina to be an effective starter for all 16 games

--Andy Benoit

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