Green ready to run the show
BROWNS: Suggs will be a Ômedical decision'
tomorrow in Dallas
JEFF SCHUDEL , Morning Journal Writer 09/18/2004
BEREA -- William Green is ready to carry the load
in the Browns backfield again, and he better be
because it doesn't look like Lee Suggs will be
much help tomorrow afternoon in Dallas.
Suggs practiced yesterday, but he has not been
cleared to play. He had no full contact this week
and hasn't had any since he ran into a teammate
and his neck bent backward Sept. 1. The result
was a stinger that has left his left shoulder
''It's still totally a medical decision,'' coach
Butch Davis said, indicating Suggs might not get
the thumbs up or thumbs down until tomorrow.
Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. in Texas Stadium.
Suggs missed the opener with the injury. He
admitted Thursday his arm is weak, yet he feels
no pain. A problem for Davis is trusting Suggs
with the ball even though Suggs' arm and shoulder
have not been battle-tested in practice. On
Monday, Davis said it had to be proven Suggs
could take a hit on the shoulder, and that did
Green is determined to play better than he did
last week against the Ravens. He carried 23 times
for 65 yards. One first-half carry gained 10
yards. Ten others were for a total of 18. He was
a little better in the second half, picking up 37
yards in 12 carries.
''I did pretty good, but I left some yards out
there,'' Green said. ''I wasn't as patient as I
should have been. I think I was a little too
hyped up. You've got Ray Lewis and those guys.
You want to be physical. I think I was a little
It was Green's first regulation game since being
suspended last November for substance abuse
violations. He did not use that as an excuse.
Davis grinned when told Green took the blame for
running problems last week. Davis said there was
plenty of blame to spread around.
''I admire what he said because it's not
necessarily all true,'' Davis said. ''We made
some mistakes. He made some. There were enough
mistakes by just about everybody in the first
quarter trying to get in a rhythm and get our
poise. We'll get better at that.''
Part of the problem was Green did not work in
unison with fullback Terrelle Smith. By not being
patient, Green did not wait for Smith to pick off
the tackler. At one notable point, Smith ran
outside and Green took his own path inside.
''It's something I've got to get used to,'' Green
admitted. ''I've got to work harder getting a
good pace behind Terrelle.''
Suggs would likely be inactive today rather than
suit him up and carry the ball only a handful of
times. But Davis said he would consider spelling
Green with James Jackson and Dee Brown. The
forecast for Dallas tomorrow is 97 degrees.
Gerard Warren returned to practice yesterday for
the first time this week after sitting out
Wednesday and Thursday with a pulled pectoral
muscle. Warren plans to play against the Cowboys.
He will be matched up against guard Larry Allen.
Tight end Steve Heiden (knee) is out. Defensive
end Corey Jackson (ankle) and Suggs (neck) are
questionable. Defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban
(groin) and center Melvin Fowler (ankle) are
Cowboys injuries: Wide receiver Randal Williams
(shoulder) is out. Center Tyson Walters, knee, is
questionable. Guard Andre Gurode (knee) and
fullback Richie Anderson (knee) are questionable.
Legends Club voting
Fans can vote for candidates nominated to the
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. Voting will continue
through Oct. 1. One player from the 1940s-50s,
one player from the 1960s-70s and one from the
1980s-90s will be added to the Legends Club that
was started in 2001.
Votes from the fans count for 20 percent of the
vote total. The rest of the voting is done by a
panel of media members plus former player Reggie
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