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Ex-Gamecock punches Browns' QB Quinn

BEREA, Ohio | As he began what could be his last week in Cleveland, Romeo Crennel had to address a physical altercation that took place last week between quarterback Brady Quinn and defensive end Shaun Smith.

According to WKYC-TV's Jim Donovan, who is also the team's play-by-play radio announcer, former South Carolina player Smith punched Quinn in the face following a heated verbal exchange inside the team's weight room. Browns tight end Darnell Dinkins confirmed the fight during a radio interview on WQAL, saying Quinn's face was marked.

Quinn is out for the season following surgery on a broken finger.

Smith is in his fifth season in the NFL and played at USC earlier this decade as a Lou Holtz recruit.

Smith, who has been slowed by a calf injury, did not play in Sunday's game. Crennel said Smith was inactive because of a coaches' decision.

Crennel refused to comment directly on the Smith-Quinn flare-up.

"I never talk about family business," Crennel said. "I haven't talked about family business since I've been here. So I'm not going to address it at this point or start talking about it. If it happened, it stays in house."

Crennel said conflicts among teammates are not uncommon, especially in a season as frustrating as the one the Browns are enduring.

"In a family you always have some disagreements and they get handled within the family," Crennel said. "I've got one brother and three sisters. When we were growing up we had altercations. You deal with them and you move on. That doesn't mean I dislike my brother or I dislike my sisters.

"That's part of being in a household, everybody trying to establish their turf. But that's part of it. You deal with it and you move on."