Browns - Bills Scrimmage Notes

Mike McLain brings us the scoop from Cleveland Browns Stadium, where 37,000 Browns fans watched the scrimmage between their hometown team and the Bills. Included are more details on Robert Griffith's finger injury, which is somewhat more serious than initially thought...

CLEVELAND - Don't expect to see strong safety Robert Griffith play next Saturday in the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Griffith broke his right index finger late in the Friday morning practice against Buffalo. He sat out Saturday's scrimmage against the Bills and could be out for a few weeks.

"It's not something that will keep me out of any regular-season games," Griffith said. "I'll keep working and practicing with the team. Any time I strap it up, I'll probably wear a brace with it."

Michael Jameson, who's in his third season, started in place of Griffith. Coach Butch Davis isn't concerned about Griffith's injury at this time.

"The terminology is that it has to get sticky," Davis said. "When does it get sticky? I don't know … get a medical dictionary and pull it out. When it gets sticky, they said 10 days to two weeks. They just want it to calm down and mend itself."

Jeff Faine had repetitions with the first- and second-string offensive units. Overall, he felt he played well.

"You don't have any targets on the defense that you can say is a weak spot," Faine said. "All these guys are 300 and above."

Linebacker Chaun Thompson admittedly didn't have a full grasp on his role after being in camp just one day before the scrimmage. He expects that to change.

"I didn't get into my zone," Thompson said. "When I get into my zone, I'm really going to show the crowd something."

Offensive lineman Barry Stokes nearly caught a touchdown pass from Tim Couch on a tackle-eligible play.

"It was frustrating," Stokes said. "You get one chance to prove that you're an athlete and an offensive lineman. People think we're a bunch of pigs down there sloshing in the mud. It takes a lot of athleticism to be an offensive lineman, but personally I couldn't prove that to you today."

The attendance of 37,818 was eye-opening to everyone in the Browns organization. Included in the group was a walk-up gate of approximately 9,000. A line of fans needing to buy tickets wrapped around the north side of the stadium at the time the scrimmage began.

"What a great turnout," Davis said. "I coached at Miami. Unfortunately, we had regular-season games when we didn't have 37,000. It's kind of an indication of preseason excitement."

Outside linebacker Ben Taylor didn't play after participating with the first-team defense on the Bills' opening possession. Taylor, who missed much of last season with a hamstring injury, is nursing a sore right shoulder, which he hurt during a practice.

Davis sidelined 10 players because of minor injuries. Lost on offense were running back Jamel White, tight end Steve Heiden, and receivers Andre King and Andre Davis. Out on defense were Griffith, defensive backs Jason Moore and Leigh Bodden, and defensive linemen Michael Boireau, Israel Idonije and Courtney Brown.

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