Wednesday Evening Camp Wrap

Open training camp came to an end today with the signing of Lee Suggs, but perhaps more importantly with some pointed remarks from Butch Davis, and some interesting ones from Tim Couch. Mike brings the full story to you first....

BEREA – The Browns finally put the finishing touches on signing their 2003 draft class.

Running back Lee Suggs agreed Wednesday to a five-year contract. Suggs, a fourth-round draft choice, had surgery on a shoulder last May. He's expected to be placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

"We haven't seen him for six weeks," coach Butch Davis said. "We'll find exactly where he is with his rehab with his shoulder. We'll have a better idea exactly what our plans are after we find out exactly what's going on."

Suggs battled injury woes at Virginia Tech. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in 1999 after playing in nine games. In 2001 he tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee in the season opener and sat out the remainder of the season.

To make room for Suggs on the roster, Michael Josiah was waived. Josiah was trying to make the conversion from defensive end to linebacker.

CAMP NOTES: Running back Jamel White's crazy training camp continues to keep him off the field.

White sat out Wednesday's practices because of a hamstring injury. He initially pulled the hamstring in the Buffalo scrimmage, and he tweaked the pull last Saturday against Tennessee.

It's doubtful that White will play in the preseason home opener, against Green Bay. He wants to be careful ot not rush his return.

Tim Couch had some interesting comments when asked if he is at a defining moment in his career as a Brown.

"I think so, absolutely," Couch replied when asked if this is a defining point of his career. "This is going to determine if I'm going to be here for a long time or not. It's going to be a tough situatuion if I'm not the guy, but I'm going to support Kelly and try to be the best backup I can be."

Defensive end Mark Word missed Wednesday's practices because of a minor hamstring pull. Courtney Brown could get a start against Green Bay.

Linebacker Chaun Thompson made a nice play in practice. The second-round draft choice made a quick read on a reverse to Richard Alston and made the stop in the backfield.

Receiver Antoine Burns caught two deep passes, one from Josh Booty and the other from Nate Hybl. Rookie cornerback Michael Lehan ran stride for stride with Dennis Northcutt to break up a deep throw from Kelly Holcomb.

Butch Davis had some pointed comments when asked about the progress Qasim Mitchell has made.

"Like a lot of these guys, learning a sense of urgency is important," Davis said. "This isn't college. You can't wait until your redshirt junior year and the light comes on. Right now, if the light doesn't come on you go home."

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