Browns center cries foul

Browns center Alex Mack accused Kansas City defensive lineman

Shaun Smith of grabbing his private parts during Sunday’s game.

Mack said Smith, who played two seasons for the Browns before he

was released last year, committed the dirty play in the second

quarter.

”I don’t think he should be able to do that,” Mack said

Monday. ”I’m still fired up about it.”

Mack was so enraged by what Smith did during a running play that

he started to chase him toward Kansas City’s sideline before

turning around because Cleveland’s punt team was coming onto the

field. Mack gestured to the officials and pointed at Smith, who

denied any wrongdoing.

”I don’t have no comment,” Smith said. ”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.”

The next time Cleveland had the ball, Mack committed an

unnecessary roughness penalty when he hit linebacker Derrick

Johnson after the whistle. The penalty proved costly because the

Browns were backed up 15 yards and kicker Phil Dawson missed a

42-yard field goal just before halftime of Cleveland’s 16-14

loss.

Mack was running downfield to block for teammate Jerome Harrison

when he plowed into Johnson.

”I’m trying to rush there and get a block and do things, be

fired up, play the game with passion and a little too much

passion,” Mack said. ”It hurt my team and I feel bad for it. But

I’m trying to play the game fast. It’s my job to be protecting my

running back, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”