BEREA - Gerard Warren returned to the practice field in the afternoon after sitting out the morning session with a bruised knee.
Warren hurt the knee early in Friday's practice. He was taken from the field for tests that were negative.
Although Warren was on the field in the afternoon, he didn't participate in any of the drills. Coach Butch Davis is being careful with one of the central figures in his defensive plans.
Courtney Brown also watched the afternoon practice after taking part in individual and 7-on-7 drills in the morning. Brown came through the morning practice in good shape.
"It pretty much will be the rule of thumb for him that he'll go one practice a day," Davis said. "He did well. There were no ill effects at lunch time. There was no swelling."
Andre: Man of the Day
Receiver Andre Davis received a scare when linebacker Andra Davis fell on his right knee in the afternoon. Andre remained on the ground for several seconds and was in obvious pain. He walked off the injury and was able to complete the practice.
Rookie cornerback Leigh Bodden received a gift interception when a Booty pass hit off the intended receiver and into his hands. Bodden has been around the ball most of the time, but he had his hands full against the veteran receivers.
Andre Davis wasn't the only player who had a scare in the afternoon. Offensive tackle Ross Verba remained on the ground for several seconds after a running play inside the red zone. Verba got to his feet on his own power and appeared to be okay after having his left leg worked on.
William Green looks like a different man from the one who showed up to camp late last year. Green is running with authority. He appears at ease now that he's firmly entrenched as the man in the backfield.
"It's early, but it appears he's picked up where he left off at the end of last season," Butch Davis said. "It's great to have him in. We didn't have him in early last year, which was one of the detrimental things to our team."
Defensive tackle Alvin McKinley's hard work in the weight room has paid off. He's added 10 pounds and is up to 300. He said his bench press has increased 120 pounds to 440.
Speaking of weight, Tim Couch has lost some pounds. He's down to 220 from 225 a year ago.