June 29, 2016

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Browns center Alex Mack accuses Chiefs DL Shaun Smith of grabbing below the belt

BEREA – Browns center Alex Mack isn’t happy with Chiefs defensive lineman and former teammate Shaun Smith.

Mack accused Smith of grabbing his private parts during Kansas City’s 16-14 win Sunday.

“He grabbed my (testicles), and I don’t think he should be able to do that,” Mack said Monday. “I’m still fired up about it.”

Smith, who played for the Browns in 2007-08 and was cut in training camp last year, denied it.

“I don’t have no comment,” he told The Associated Press. “I don’t recall doing anything like that. I’m not known for being a dirty player or anything like that, so I don’t know what that was all about.”

Mack yelled at Smith during the second quarter after Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali got into an altercation with a few Browns on the Cleveland sideline. The Browns quickly got the ball back after a punt, and Mack was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a late hit on linebacker Derrick Johnson. The 15 yards proved costly two plays later when Phil Dawson missed a 42-yard field goal.

“I didn’t hear a whistle, I didn’t know if he was down,” Mack said of ball carrier Jerome Harrison. “I was going full speed, I can’t stop on a dime. I’m too heavy. But what I can do is try to pull off and not hit the guy.

“I’m trying to rush there and get a block and move things, be fired up, play the game with passion. A little too much passion.”

Other news from coach Eric Mangini’s news conference:

** Quarterback Jake Delhomme wore a walking boot for his injured right ankle Sunday on the sideline and appeared to be limping badly. The Browns play at Baltimore on Sunday and could be forced to go with Seneca Wallace again.

“Jake’s getting better. But in terms of his status, I’ll have further information on Wednesday,” Mangini said.

** Mangini didn’t have an explanation for tight end Evan Moore returning to the game after suffering what appeared to be a concussion. Moore took a hit to the helmet from safety Kendrick Lewis and was wobbly getting up. He returned three plays later for a play, then was declared out for the game.

Mangini said he leaves those decisions up to the medical staff.

“I’ve never pushed to get a guy back in who’s not cleared medically,” he said. “So nobody goes back in till they’re cleared medically and that always comes from the staff.”

** Rookie guard Shawn Lauvao remained in a walking boot Monday. He injured his ankle in practice leading up to the opener and has missed both games.