Wednesday PM Report: Thanks, but No Thanks

According to Mike McLain, the story in Berea today is that Browns are not interested in any potential offers for Tim Couch. Couch, in the meantime, has some interesting remarks about his ability to be a long-term backup QB. That, and the latest injury and depth chart reports, in today's practice report!

BEREA – Any NFL team that might want to contact the Browns about the availability of quarterback Tim Couch on the trade market might get a cold response.

Coach Butch Davis said the team hasn't received any trade offers to date. Considering the way the Browns feel about Kelly Holcomb and Couch, they might not get any offers for awhile.

"A lot of people realize the fact that we are absolutely committed to keeping two guys," Davis said.

Couch was strong in saying that his career as a starter is by no means over.

"This is definitely not the end for me," Couch said. "This is just a minor setback. I don't see myself as a backup quarterback, and I'm never going to accept that role fully. I'll accept it fully this year, but I'm going to be a starter in this league, and I'm going to play well."

The Browns are grooming Josh Booty to be the backup.


The news was good for strong safety Robert Griffith, who visited a hand specialist Wednesday. The examination showed that the bone Griffith broke in a practice against the Buffalo Bills Aug. 1 is healing well, but he won't play in the preseason game Saturday against Detroit.

"Everything is good," Griffith said. "They're going to fit me with a cast that I can wear in a game. I'll probably be able to play against Atlanta (next Thursday)."

Running back James Jackson had a boot on his right foot and missed Wednesday's practice. He rolled the ankle while walking up a set of stairs.

Running back Jamel White, who played in the first preseason opener but re-injured a hamstring in the game, should play against the Lions. White also missed time early in camp with a minor concussion.

Melvin Fowler is now listed as the second-string center on the depth chart. Two weeks ago Fowler was the first-team left guard. Barry Srokes moved to that spot last week, forcing Fowler to second-string left guard. Fowler played center in college at Maryland.

Another move of note on the depth chart has rookie free agent Enoch DeMar as the second-string left guard. DeMar was a second-team All Big Ten Conference selection last season at Indiana University.

Rookie cornerback Michael Lehan, who's a candidate for the Maurice Bassett Award as the top rookie in camp, probably won't play because of a calf injury. Rookie linebacker Chaun Thompson is also doubtful as he returns from a leg injury.

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