Browns notebook: Anderson is Offensive Player of the Week

Steve Doerschuk

Derek Anderson talks as if he starred as Hans Christian Anderson’s ugly duckling, not as Cleveland’s hero in a 51-45 shootout over Cincinnati on Sunday.

“It’s not as if I did anything magical out there,” he said after being named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

The 24-year-old quarterback threw five touchdown passes for a team that scored 45 all last September and 37 in four December games.

“I threw the ball and the guys made plays,” Anderson shrugged.

Medical report

The Browns could be without punter Dave Zastudil (back) for the second time in three games. They are carrying Zastudil and 37-year-old Scott Player on the roster. Player punted for the Cardinals for eight years before getting released Aug. 29. He averaged a career-high 44.9 yards a punt last year.

Safety Brodney Pool sat out Wednesday’s practice after suffering a concussion Sunday. Safety Gary Baxter said there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll play, coming off a long injury rehab, but Head Coach Romeo Crennel will make that call.

Outside linebackers Willie McGinest (back) and Antwan Peek (foot) didn’t practice Wednesday.

Kudos for Quinn

Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin, a former Fresno State QB, was part of a small Oakland army that considered picking Brady Quinn rather than Jamarcus Russell at No. 1.

“We had Brady here for a full day,” Kiffin said. “I think the world of Brady. I think he’s going to be a great quarterback, and I loved who he was. I loved getting to know him.”

Kiffin was on USC’s staff when Quinn faced the Trojans.

“He was so competitive,” Kiffin said. “His preparation is off the charts. ... It’s going to pay off. I think you guys got yourself a franchise quarterback.”