Brief Notes from Berea

The Owl is sort of our secret weapon to find out what's going on in Berea. You see, the Browns basically don't let reporters see any of team practice other than players stretching out. The Owl, however, can fly around and about as much as he wants. Owls are far more reliable for this sort of work than, say, Ravens, who aren't all that trustworthy.

The Owl gave us a couple of brief notes from Berea before flying off to get some shuteye. The Owl is getting a little crankier than usual, since his nights are getting longer and longer as the fall approaches:

The Browns worked on end of game situations with their starters back backups in practice Friday with an eye toward the game in Detroit Saturday and the regular season.

Coach Butch Davis reiterated Tim Couch would play with the first team at the start of the third quarter Saturday.

Focus Saturday will be in the secondary, linebacker and offensive line for position battles. Ben Taylor and Barry Gardner are battling at strongside linebacker. Shaun O'Hara and Qasim Mitchell are battling at right guard.

Butch Davis says his players still do not have "fresh legs," a result of two-a-day practices up through Aug. 154. He said he expects them to be fresh by Saturday.

Players were treated to pizza and chicken wings in the locker room Thursday. The wings were devoured. Rookie linebacker Chaun Thompson balanced five pieces of pizza with ham topping on his plate.

The Browns made five roster moves. Fullback R.J. Bowers (knee), offensive lineman Chuck Klabo (knee) and fullback Ben Miller (back) were put on the reserve non-football injury list. Guard Gus Felder and wide receiver Brian Haugabrook were waived.

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