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Written by Rich Swerbinsky

Rich Swerbinsky
Well, Lee Suggs is once again a Cleveland Brown. Suggs failed his physical in New York today, and the deal with the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets has been renigged, sending cornerback Derrick Strait back to the Big Apple. I swear, Suggs could get hurt playing football on the Playstation. And now he's our problem again, with his trade value destroyed.  He's baaaack.

Just one day after being traded to the New York Jets, Lee Suggs is once again a Cleveland Brown after failing his physical with his purported new team today.  The failed physical voids the deal between the Browns and the Jets, and cornerback Derrick Strait returns to the Big Apple and is once again a member of the Jets.

New Jets head coach Eric Mangini
told “We have a whole series of tests that we do, and we were very thorough with the process.  He just didn’t pass those tests. ... Each team has a criteria they set up that they believe is what’s important and what’s needed to be competitive. I’m very comfortable with the tests we have set up.”

When pressed further, Mangini declined to get specific on which part of the physical Suggs failed, saying “It’s just standard operating procedure. You go through a trade, you have to go through the complete process. This is part of the process. Lee has done a good job in Cleveland, he’s a good person and that’s part of the reason we pursued him. I really think the opportunity was good for both players and both teams. I wish Lee well, and I look forward to Derrick getting back here and getting to work.”

This news should come as no surprise to Browns fans, who have been teased by Suggs for three years now, only to see the talented runner succumb to what seems like a couple of new injuries each season.  Suggs has missed big chunks of each of his three seasons in Cleveland, sustaining injuries to his shoulder, neck, toe, ankle, and thumb.

With his trade value now all but shot, Suggs will go back to fighting for a roster spot with the team.  Assuming the team carries two fullbacks, and that Reuben Droughns and rookie Jerome Harrison will both land roster spots, Suggs goes back to competing with William Green, Jason Wright, and Chris Barclay for the last roster spot at running back.

The Browns also will likely look to readdress the cornerback position, as the team is a McCutcheon or Baxter setback away from being in trouble at this crucial position on the teams defense.

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