Wednesday Afternoon Practice Report

Mike McLain gives us the details from this afternoon's practice, including information on who took snaps at quarterback, players' comments on Maurice Clarett, injury update, and more on today's roster moves!

BEREA – Tim Couch took most of the snaps in Wednesday's practice, while Kelly Holcomb threw on the side.

Coach Butch Davis said he might not make a decision on a starting quarterback for the game against Cincinnati until Sunday.

"The early-in-the-week expectations were that he (Holcomb) might be able to stand and throw and do a limited amount of stuff, and then tomorrow (Thursday) he might take some reps," Davis said. "I always err on the side of caution when it comes to a player's health."

Holcomb wore a protective brace on both ankles and one on the knee he injured last year. He said the pain from his hairline fracture of a fibula feels much better than it did last Sunday. The other ankle, which he sprained against the 49ers, hurts more than the fracture.

"I'm playing. You have to think that way until you go out to practice and see how things feel," Holcomb said prior to practice. "You have to get yourself prepared to play, and I'm going to do that."

Holcomb knows that the Bengals defense will go after him if he plays.

"It's like chum in the water," Holcomb said. "When sharks get around it, they're going to go after it. You're going to take some licks. You just want it to hold up. That's the big concern. If it does get hit, you want it to be healed enough that it can take some punishment."

The feedback Holcomb gives Davis and the team's medical staff will be key in making the final determination.

"I can be stubborn at times," Holcomb said. "You have to be honest with the doctors and what I tell coach Davis. If you don't feel right, you have to tell him."

MO WANNA PLAY BLUES: Maurice Clarett's decision to sue the NFL over its policy regarding how players become eligible for the draft was a hot topic in the locker room.

"I'll stick my neck out and say that for every one guy that makes it, there will be 10 to 15 of them that it will absolutely ruin their careers," Davis said. "Talk to these rookies. Every year about November they'll tell you they'd like to quit. They're used to playing 10 games in high school and 10, 11 or 12 games in college.

"They come here and go through six weeks of training camp and four preseason games and the first eight to 10 weeks of the season, and they're bleary eyed. That's not to say that at some time there won't be that unique guy, but it's going to be hard."

Most players feel Clarett has a right to play at this stage of his career.

"It's every kid's dream (to play in the NFL)," Browns receiver Kevin Johnson said. "If he wants to do it, by all means give him the opportunity to play."

ROSTER MOVES: Fullback Kevin McLeod was waived. His spot on the roster was taken by defensive back Roosevelt Williams, who started two games as a rookie for the Chicago Bears last season.

McLeod was inactive the first two weeks, but he started last Sunday against the 49ers. He appeared to be late getting off the field on a play when tight end Darnell Sanders was taking his place, resulting in a penalty for illegal substitution.

Defensive back Ron Israel, who played at Notre Dame, has been added to the practice squad. To make room for him, defensive lineman Corey Jackson was waived.

INJURY REPORT: Holcomb (fibula), defensive back Michael Lehan (hamstring) and receiver Dennis Northcutt (ribs) are questionable. Northcutt has two hairline rub fractures. Offensive lineman Barry Stokes wore a boot on his injured ankle and didn't practice, but he wasn't on the report.

For the Bengals, linebacker Riall Johnson (calf) and receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) are out. Listed as probable are tight end Brad Schobel (hamstring), running back Corey Dillon (groin), H-back Rudi Johnson (thigh), strong safety Marquand Manuel (hamstring) and linebacker Brian Simmons (shoulder).

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