(NOTE: That's an un-official nickname for Idonije. I just made it up. I want a nickel everytime someone uses it. Thank you.)"> (NOTE: That's an un-official nickname for Idonije. I just made it up. I want a nickel everytime someone uses it. Thank you.)">

Morning Camp Report: Return of the Walking Wounded

Dave Carducci gives us our first camp report today, offering an updated on wounded warriors like Jamel White and Robert Griffith. Also, todays Couch-vs-Holcomb scoreboard, relative unknowns battle for the last few WR spots, and an update on intriguing defensive lineman Israel "The Manitoba Mountain" Idonije.<P> (NOTE: That's an un-official nickname for Idonije. I just made it up. I want a nickel everytime someone uses it. Thank you.)

BEREA - A few key members of the Browns walking wounded gave practice a try Tuesday morning as Jamel White tested his injured hamstring and safety Robert Griffith participated wearing a soft cast to protect his right index finger.

White said he "was just out there feeling my way around," but still felt every twinge in his hamstring. He avoided practicing full-speed, but he will try to push himself more in the afternoon.

"The goal is to play this weekend in Tennessee," said White, who also missed time with a mild concussion earlier in camp. "This weekend would be a good test for me since I didn't play in the scrimmage with Buffalo. I think it. ... This has been a frustrating cam because I've been hurt."

Griffith is definitely out for Saturday's game with the Titans. His decision to try to practice was more out of a sense of responsibility to the team.

"As long as I can run around, I'll be out there," said Griffith, who originally was expected to be out for close to two weeks. "I am not going to leave my teammates out todry. If I'm not out there, then someone has to do double duty."

One of the pleasant surprises of camp, rookie free agent defensive lineman Israel Idonije, will be out of action for at least two more days with what doctors called a prelude to a fracture in his left ankle.

"Things had been going very well, and now it's going to take a couple more days for me to catch up," said Idonije, a native of Canada who played collegiately with the Manitoba Bisons.. "I think the injury is from the stress of two-a-days. I'd never really gone through two-a-days before ... I went out and tried to run one day, and it felt funny. It was a freak thing, and it's really frustrating because I think I'm in the best shape of my life."

RUNNING GAME WOES? Most of the Browns' running backs and offensive linemen disagreed with Butch Davis' suggestion that the running game may have struggled in Saturday's scrimmage because there has been so much focus on the passing game in training camp to figure out who would be the starting quarterback.

"I don't think that is the case," said right tackle Ryan Tucker. "In practice, we emphasize something different every practice. We still have inside-run drill, first-and-10 ... The last two days we ran the ball extremely well. This week we've really hammered the basics.

William Green ran hard Tuesday morning, exploding through holes created by the interior line of right guard Shaun O'Hara, center Jeff Faine and left guard Melvin Fowler.

After Davis complained that the running game was not up to par Saturday, Fowler was inserted at left guard, replacing Barry Stokes with the first team. Green said he will not be affected by the personnel changes up front.

"I can't worry about those things," said Green. "I trust all the offensive linemen on this team, and I trust the coaches to put the best guys out there."

The line has set what it considers a reachable goal for this season - get William Green 1,000 yards. Tucker was informed that the Browns have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack both did it in 1985.

"That seems like a long time," said Tucker. "We want over 1,000 yards. It is a goal for us, and we think it is reachable ... We aren't saying we want (Green) to get 2,500. If we can get 1,000 yards, I think we will definitely be playoff caliber."

TUESDAY HIGHLIGHTS: Kelly Holcomb out-shined Tim Couch Tuesday morning, showing perfect touch in dropping a ball in Dennis Northcutt's hands on a post during 11-on-11 drills. The long touchdown was the highlight of a slow morning. Couch, working with the second-team, struggled to find his timing with the crop of rookie free agent receivers.

WIDE RECEIVER BATTLE Frisman Jackson's broken foot could create a spot on the roster for one of those rookie free agents. While C.J. Jones (Iowa) has impressed with his speed and big-play capability, don't discount the work of former East Carolina quarterback-running back-wide receiver Richard Alston (East Carolina), who has simply caught everything thrown his way in camp.

Alston has an obvious up-hill battle with the Browns strength in the receiving corps, but his size (a very solid 215 pounds) and versatility could help him catch the eye of another NFL team in the upcoming preseason gaes.

Antoine Burns (Minnesota) has shown a big-play capability, but has struggled at times with inconsistent hands. He dropped two balls in Saturday's scrimmage with the Bills.

The OBR Top Stories