AS RUMORS INTENSIFY, QUINN DENIES HE WAS SLUGGED

More and more readers and sources are telling us of a rumor that Browns defensive tackle Shaun Smith recently got into an altercation with quarterback Brady Quinn.
We first mentioned the matter on Sunday, noting that the rumors centered on Quinn as the victim in the altercation.
One reader said that a report on WKYC-TV confirmed the existence of this rumor.  Though there’s no evidence at the WKYC web site of the report, this link also mentions the WKYC report.
But a source told us on Sunday that Quinn privately denied being on the receiving end of any physical violence.  But, in our view, nothing positive for Quinn would flow from admitting what had happened.
Stay tuned — there undoubtedly will be more developments on this story, which could end up being the final epitaph on the Browns’ hugely disappointing 2008 season.