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Hobbled QB Dilfer practices with Browns

BEREA, Ohio (Dec. 1, 2005) -- Browns starting quarterback Trent Dilfer, slowed by sore knees, participated in team drills during practice and remains questionable for a Dec. 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dilfer took some snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense. On Nov. 30, Dilfer watched as rookie backup Charlie Frye worked exclusively with the starters.

During the brief period practice was open to the media, Dilfer did not run wind sprints with his teammates. The team said he took part in all other aspects of the workout, but didn't specify how much.

Coach Romeo Crennel said if Dilfer can't play that he won't be hesitant to give Frye his first career start.

"I've got two choices, and they've both been getting work all year," Crennel said. "I've got confidence in both of them. The backup's job is to prepare like he's going to play, so I think that's what Charlie's doing. If he gets the start, I think he'll take it and run with it."

Two weeks ago, Frye played in three series in a victory against Miami. Last week, he was intercepted and was pulled after only one play in a loss at Minnesota.

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