Browns running back is cleared for 'full
Lee Suggs has been cleared to practice, and this
time the Browns mean it.
The second-year running back from Virginia Tech
missed the first three games with a neck injury.
He practiced in limited fashion the last two
weeks. According to the medical report
distributed Monday, Suggs has been "cleared for
full practice" for the first time since the
injury occurred Sept. 1.
Suggs on Monday said he felt pain for the first
few minutes after the injury, but it quickly
subsided and he has been pain-free for almost
four weeks. The problem was and is he still does
not have full strength in his left arm.
For weeks, Suggs has expressed frustration about
not being allowed to play, but now that he has
been cleared to practice without limits, which
means he should be cleared to play against the
Redskins this Sunday, he appreciates the doctors'
"If I don't have enough strength in my arm, it
could lead to other things," he said. "I don't
think you could be too cautious. I don't want to
grow old and be unable to use my left arm. I have
to trust the doctors. They know what they're
doing a whole lot more than I do."
Suggs admits his left arm is weaker than his
right arm, but he believes it is strong enough to
It was André Davis, not Aaron Shea, Dennis
Northcutt or Quincy Morgan, who was charged with
a critical holding penalty that negated a 49-yard
touchdown run by William Green on Sunday against
the Giants. The blunder was just one of many in a
27-10 loss, and it occurred as the Browns
trailed, 17-0. They ended up getting a field goal
on the drive.
"I'll take ownership," Davis said. "Whether it
was a phantom call or not, guys were downfield
making blocks trying to give William some running
room. That's some of the things you have to deal
with. Some calls are going to go for you. Some
are going to go against you."
Referee Bernie Kukar announced Shea was the
culprit. Later, the public-address announcer in
the press box said Northcutt was guilty. The
Newark Star-Ledger accused Morgan of the crime.
Under the knife
Linebacker Ben Taylor is out for the season. A
pectoral tendon was torn from his left shoulder
Sunday when he reached out trying to make a
tackle. Dr. Anthony Miniaci will operate this
morning to reattach the tendon to Taylor's
shoulder. Taylor will be out of action four to
six months, the Browns reported, which means
he'll be fine by minicamp next year.
The Browns will be without at least five starters
against the Redskins - Taylor, Courtney Brown
(foot) and Gerard Warren (chest) on defense, plus
Ryan Tucker (quadriceps) and Kellen Winslow Jr.
(leg) on offense. That number could increase to
eight, depending on the progress of Suggs and
cornerbacks Anthony Henry (vertigo) and Daylon
Taylor was the only one of the eight to play
against the Giants, and he was out less than
three minutes into the game.
McCutcheon is expected to play against
Washington. He has been cleared for full practice
after being unable to practice at all last week.
Henry is listed as day to day.
After losing two straight road games, the Browns
play three of their next four at home starting
with the Redskins. They are in Pittsburgh on Oct.
10, then host Cincinnati and Philadelphia before
their bye weekend Oct. 31.
"All I'm concerned about this week is
Washington," Coach Butch Davis said.
The Browns were 11-29 at Cleveland Browns Stadium
in their first five seasons. They beat the
Ravens, 20-3, at home in the season opener.
Robert Griffith made the 1,000th tackle of his
11-year career when he and Chaun Thompson
combined to stop Giants running back Mike Cloud
in the fourth quarter Sunday. ... Butch Davis was
critical of the way Jeff Garcia failed to go
after a fumbled snap late in Sunday's game. The
snap from center Jeff Faine caught Garcia
off-guard and sailed over his head toward to goal
line. Instead of jumping on the ball, Garcia
circled around the ball. Garcia said he didn't
want the ball to roll into the end zone. Before
Garcia could get it, Giants defensive end Michael
Strahan recovered. "You would have liked for him
to go after the ball and get it," Davis said.