Thursday Evening Practice Report

Mike McLain brings us the latest from Berea, with updates on Shaun OHara, Marty Schottenheimer, and more!

BEREA – Browns coach Butch Davis confirmed that offensive guard Shaun O'Hara had exploratory microscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday.

O'Hara first hurt the knee a few weeks ago. When it continued to bother him last Sunday against the Raiders, the decision was made to go inside the knee to see if there was any structural damage to cartilage or ligaments.

"They did two MRIs, and they both came back negative," Davis said. "The doctor felt that just for 100 percent absolute certainty, to make sure there was no damage, he did a scope. He was in and out in probably an hour and a half. It turned out to be what the MRIs said."

The Nov. 9 game in Kansas City is the target date for O'Hara's return. Davis didn't want to be pinned down on a specific date.

"I'd love to say there's reasonable possibility next week," Davis said. "It just depends on how fast players respond to treatment."

MARTY MARKETS MODELL: Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer believes that former Browns owner Art Modell should be in the Hall of Fame.

"Without question, he should be included in the Hall of Fame," Schottenheimer said. "He always put what was in the league's best interest ahead of anything else. When you look back at his record with the television committee and what contributions he made were significant during an era when this league was developing into what it is today. To me, it's a no-brainer."

BOWERS BACK: Fullback/H-back R.J. Bowers returned to the practice field Wednesday. Bowers was placed on the non-football-injury (NFI) list after tearing a meniscus in his knee while lifting weights the week before training camp opened.

The Browns have 21 days from Wednesday to make a decision on Bowers' status. He can be activated, waived or placed on injured reserve.

With no true fullback on the roster, the situation is advantageous for Bowers. The bicep injury that ended Aaron Shea's season has also helped his cause.

Bowers admits that it was difficult watching from a distance, especially the opener against Indianapolis. The Browns failed to score a touchdown twice on first-and-goal situations.

"I was sitting at home watching the game, and you're sick to your stomach," Bowers said. "Twice they had first and goal, and I'm thinking that's where I'd make my money, and here I am sitting at home."

ANTONIO ADORED: Schottenheimer raves about rookie tight end Antonio Gates, who played basketball at Kent State University.

"It's been remarkable that this young man hasn't played football for five years," Schottenheimer said. "I think he has a terrific future. He has size and speed and very good hands. He's a tough kid."

BROWNS PLAYERS AWARDED: Running back William Green joined Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair as the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. Green rushed for 145 yards on 26 carries in the Browns' 13-7 win over Oakland.

McNair and Green ended a two-week winning streak for Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning and Green Bay running back Ahman Green.

The fake field goal by Browns kicker Phil Dawson was selected the NFL Play of the Week, presented by LEVITRA. Dawson ran 14 yards for a first down to keep alive a drive that resulted in a touchdown run by William Green.

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