Whether or not Terry Glenn plays this weekend, there will be pressure on the Patriots wide receivers to get open quickly Sunday against the Cleveland defense.
Led by linebacker Jamir Miller, who has eight sacks, the Browns are capable of getting to the quarterback quickly. That is a major reason Cleveland leads the NFL with its 25 interceptions.
"They have a good pass rush, and their DBs are playing very well," wide receiver David Patten said. "Anytime you are leading the league in interceptions, you have to be doing something right."
New England will catch a bit of a break because second-year defensive end Courtney Brown is "99.9 percent" likely to miss the game according to Cleveland Head Coach Butch Davis. Brown missed the first six games of the season, but made a huge splash with three sacks in his first game back. However, with him going down again, the rest of the defense will suffer a bit.
"Anytime you lose a player of his caliber defensively, it's going to hurt your defense," Patten said. "You're not going to get the same pash rush, which changes their coverages. But I'm quite sure the next guy in line is capable of doing his thing, and it's not going to be a big drop off."
Cornerback Ben Kelly was added to the Patriots injured list late Friday with a foot problem. Kelly is still probable for the game against Cleveland. Cornerback Otis Smith (flu), wide receiver Charles Johnson and defensive end Willie McGinest (leg) are all still questionable, but McGinest is the least likely to go because his is a physical injury.
Belichick said Ted Johnson, who was not listed at all this week, has a much better chance of making the game than he did the last couple weeks.
Cleveland wide receiver Kevin Johnson is second all-time in receptions through the first three seasons of a career with 1777, trailing only Jerry Rice, who put up 200 in his first three years with San Francisco… Patten and Troy Brown are the only Patriots with at least one catch in every game thus far… With 32 sacks in 12 games, the Patriots are on pace for 43 this season, which would be their highest total since 1997, when they had 45.