Cleveland Browns cornerback Eric Wright was back at practice hours after flipping his car on a wet highway entrance ramp. He might play Sunday against Green Bay.
The former UNLV player rolled his car early Friday when his vehicle slid on wet pavement. He was examined and released at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The Browns sent him for more tests, and Wright was back at the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio, in time for practice.
Coach Eric Mangini was hopeful Wright would be able to play in Sunday’s home game against the Packers.
Wright rode a stationary bike during the 30-minute period he was observed by reporters. The Browns listed him as questionable for Sunday with a shoulder injury.
Wright felt fortunate to have escaped the wreck in pretty good shape.
“It was a blessing that I came out period, really,” said Wright, who was helped out through the car’s blown-out back window by a trucker. “It puts a lot of stuff in perspective for me, and it’s definitely a huge event in my life at this point. Luckily, I’m here.”
Wright, 24, said it was his first accident.
“I’m not the oldest guy, but I’ve been driving for a while,” he said after practice. “To have an accident like that, first time around it’s really scary.”
Police said Wright’s accident happened at 2:10 a.m. Mangini did not take issue with Wright being out at that time.
“I wouldn’t necessarily be out at 2:10 in the morning, but we don’t have curfew year-round,” Mangini said. “I’d rather everybody be home, but guys do go out. You don’t want to see anybody in a bad accident or any situation like that. I much prefer that guys were in, but it’s a personal decision.”
Police did not ticket Wright for the crash. They said he was entering Interstate 490 from Interstate 77 east of downtown when he lost control. His car sustained substantial damage and was towed.
• REDSKINS — Washington’s front office capped a week of high drama with an unexpected vote of confidence in coach Jim Zorn.
“Jim Zorn is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and will be for the rest of this season and hopefully into the future,” executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said on his radio show on ESPN 980.
The news follows a week of rampant speculation over Zorn’s job status that began when the coach was asked to give up his play-calling duties following a 14-6 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs. Zorn called the move “uncomfortable,” and players expressed general concern over the state of the franchise, yet Cerrato and owner Dan Snyder remained silent and allowed the tension to build until Cerrato finally spoke up.
The Redskins are 2-4 despite playing one of the weakest schedules in the league over the past five weeks.
Also, left tackle Chris Samuels says he hopes to play again — but it’ll be awhile before he decides whether he can.
The six-time Pro Bowler released a statement saying he will continue to seek medical advice for the neck injury that has put his career in jeopardy. He said he has not made a decision about his future but that he loves playing for the Redskins and hopes to be back.
• RAIDERS — Coach Tom Cable made his first public comments since learning he would not be charged for an alleged assault against a former assistant.
Napa County (Calif.) district attorney Gary Lieberstein said Thursday he would not pursue charges against Cable for allegedly breaking Randy Hanson’s jaw in August, citing inconsistencies in Hanson’s story that were not corroborated by the three assistant coaches in the room at the time.
“I’m obviously very thankful that the authorities did the thoroughness that they did in terms of getting the facts and all that,” Cable said. “I never let it become a distraction because as I mentioned many times, I just had a lot of faith. I knew what happened.”
Cable had been accused of assaulting and threatening to kill Hanson at a meeting at the team’s training camp hotel in Napa on Aug. 5. Hanson was treated for a broken jaw following the incident.
• JETS — Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will not play Sunday against Oakland, missing his second straight game with an injured left hamstring.
Cotchery was injured in practice two weeks ago but was able to play in a loss at Miami on Oct. 12 and had one catch for 4 yards. He then sat out a loss to Buffalo last week and didn’t participate in team drills this week.
• BILLS — Starting quarterback Trent Edwards won’t play in Buffalo’s game Sunday at Carolina because of a concussion.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for Edwards, who will miss his first game of the season after being knocked out early in the second quarter of the Bills’ win over the Jets last week.
• CARDINALS — Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is questionable for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants after going through a limited practice.
It was the first time all week that Boldin had participated in practice after spraining his right ankle in last week’s 27-3 victory in Seattle, although he had done rehabilitation work on the side.
• STEELERS — Safety Troy Polamalu returned to practice after sitting out two days to rest his still-healing left knee.
Polamalu is planning to play Sunday against the unbeaten Vikings. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.