Monday Afternoon Practice Update

Battles for starting roles took center stage at the Berea complex this afternoon, as Tim Couch looked sharp and additional depth charge changes became apparent. Mike brings us the very latest on the fight for depth chart positions, as well as updates on today's comings-and-goings and the status of injured Browns...

BEREA – Tim Couch might have had his best practice session of camp on Monday afternoon.

Couch connected with tight end Darnell Sanders for about 20 yards across the middle early in an 11-on-11 possession. Couch later hooked up with Dennis Northcutt and Kevin Johnson on mid-range routes.

Kelly Holcomb, who worked with the second-team offense, also threw the ball well but wasn't as accurate as was Couch. In the morning practice Holcomb had a pass tipped by Kenard Lang and intercepted by Orpheus Roye, who ran the distance for what would have been a touchdown.

Davis thought both quarterbacks played well in the scrimmage against Buffalo. He pointed out several dropped passes that cost both quarterbacks.

Davis has made his call concerning which quarterback will start Saturday in the preseason opener against Tennessee. Asked which one will get the assignment, Davis said he preferred to keep it a secret.

Roye's the Man: Roye's showing in the scrimmage caught Davis' attention in a big-time way.

"I made a highlight tape of him and showed it to the whole team," Davis said. "If everybody plays in practice the way Orpheus played in what some people might call a meaningless scrimmage, we would have one heck of a defensive team. He flew around and made plays and did a great job of setting an example as a veteran of the way to play."

Comings and Goings: Tight end Rod Monroe was placed on injured-reserve with a broken leg. Monroe broke the same bone in the same leg on his birthday in consecutive years.

Cornerback Raymond Walls has left the team for personal reasons. Defensive back Jason Moore was placed on the waived-injured list with a hamstring injury, and fullback Keala Keanaaina was waived.

The Browns signed fullback Kevin McLeod and tight end Bob Slowikowski. McLeod, who was with the Browns in camp last year, played six games with Tampa Bay in 1999. Slowikowsi was the sixth-round pick of Dallas in 2002 out of Virginia Tech. He tore a knee ligament prior to training camp and was waived.

INJURY UPDATE: Aaron Shea practiced despite dislocating a finger in the scrimmage. Shea said he plans to play Saturday against Tennessee in the preseason opener. Running back Jamel White and receiver Andre Davis remained sidelined. Davis has had a build up of fluid in his right knee, which he hurt when Andra Davis fell on him 10 days ago. White has a strained hamstring.

POSITION BATTLE UPDATE: Jeff Faine is getting the bulk of playing time at center with the first team. That's good news to Shaun O'Hara, who can begin settling in a right guard.

Speaking of the offensive line, Melvin Fowler followed up working at left guard with the first team in the morning by remaining with the unit in the afternoon. Davis said that Fowler had an excellent day on pass blocking last Friday against Buffalo.

Andra Davis got plenty of time with the first-team defense at middle linebacker. Davis played well with the second unit in the Buffalo scrimmage and always seems to be around the ball.

Butch Davis said that cornerback Lewis Sanders is having a good camp. Sanders could be pushing Anthony Henry for playing time.

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