BEREA, Ohio » Brady Quinn says he's not a cheater. Derek Anderson is upset that a playful comment was twisted into a tale of sabotage.
Stay tuned: The closely watched Cleveland Browns quarterback competition continues Saturday night in Green Bay.
Maybe some people are paying too much attention.
The radio transmitter inside Anderson's helmet wasn't working in a scrimmage on Sunday, so he used hand signals to relay plays. Anderson joked after the scrimmage that Quinn told the defense what all the signals meant.
Reporters at the scrimmage saw Anderson laughing while making the comment, but that didn't head off several online reports suggesting Quinn was using underhanded tactics to win the starting job.
"I think everyone blew that out of proportion a little bit," Quinn said Wednesday. "No one was stealing hand signals. Our defense knows most of our hand signals at this point, anyways."
Added Anderson: "We were having a good time. Everyone was doing everything they could to win. Obviously they had incentive to win. It was all in fun. Whoever took it and ran with it ... Obviously I have to be careful of what I say."
Anderson's team won the scrimmage, 17-14.
Browns coach Eric Mangini said nothing sinister occurred.
"Those guys are competitive and they're friends," Mangini said of his quarterbacks. "The group is friendly and the game was competitive by nature ... All I see them doing is supporting each other, helping each other and working to help move the team forward."
Mangini has not announced which quarterback will start in the Browns' first preseason game against the Packers, but is adamant that there is no significance to the decision. Anderson and Quinn are both listed as starters, separated with a slash on the depth chart released for Saturday night's game.
Mangini dismissed another report that Pro Bowl defensive tackle Shaun Rogers wants to return to Detroit.