KJ Takes Hits for Sunday's Performance

Kevin Johnson criticized himself in Berea today for several mistakes made during last Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers. Butch Davis doesn't seem especially happy either - Mike McLain has the whole story in this evening's report.

BEREA – Count coach Butch Davis among those that weren't pleased with Kevin Johnson's performance against San Diego.

Davis was especially upset with Johnson's decision to fall backwards after catching a third-down pass. By giving up yardage, Johnson turned what should have been a first down into a fourth down.

Johnson accepted blame for the play, saying it was stupid. Asked how he feels about Johnson's self-critique, Davis said, "Good observation. I don't think there's much gray area with Kevin. I think he knows exactly what my expectations are."

In addition to failing to get a first down on that play, Johnson had a pass bounce out of his grasp on a fourth-down play late in the game. He also ran the wrong route on one of the interceptions thrown by quarterback Tim Couch, and his decision to throw a pass on an end-around instead of running has been criticized.

"It's one of those things where, ‘What have you done for me lately?' " Johnson said. "It goes to show you that you have to be consistent day in and day out in this business. You know that you can count on one hand those types of mistakes I've made in five years. You see guys in this league make mistakes like that week in and week out, but they're a good enough team where they can overcome it. We have to get to that point."

Johnson took blame for running the wrong route on the interception.

"It was one of those things where I forced him to throw the ball early," Johnson said. "What do you want me to do? I put Tim in a bad situation, and I'll take that one. What else can I say?"

WALKING WOUNDED: Offensive left tackle Barry Stokes wore a hard cast on his injured right ankle for Wednesday's practice. Davis admitted that Stokes has taken a step backwards.

"He's been booting it up to minimize some of the movement," Davis said. "To be honest with you, he's probably not as good as he was a week ago. He has somehow, some way found a way to find courage and fortitude to suck it up and go."

Running back William Green practiced, but his teammates made sure not to touch him. Green is nursing a shoulder injury he suffered early in last Sunday's game against San Diego.

"He could do everything. We just didn't hit him," Davis said.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES: The Browns signed offensive linemen Scot Osborne and Ben Claxton to the practice squad. One spot on the five-man squad opened when Craig Osika was signed to the active roster last week. The other spot opened with the release of Dave Petruziello.

Osborne (6-2, 298) was signed to Seattle's practice squad as a tight end in 2000. He spent time on the practice squads of New Orleans and Denver in 2001 before being signed to Buffalo's active roster. He was out of football in 2002 and put on 35 pounds in making the switch to the offensive line. The Saints gave him a trial in training camp this year, but he was waived.

Claxton (6-2, 301) was Denver's fifth-round draft choice this year from Ole Miss. The Broncos waived him Aug. 26.

INJURY REPORT: Listed as questionable on the injury report for the Browns are Stokes, center Jeff Faine (ankle) and guard Shaun O'Hara (ankle). Listed as probable are offensive tackle Ryan Tucker (chest), defensive tackle Gerard Warren (wrist) and Green.

Out of the game for New England are linebacker Ted Johnson (foot) and nose tackle Ted Washington (leg). Questionable are guard Joe Abruzzi (shoulder); linebackers Matt Chatham (leg), Willie McGinest (neck), Roman Phifer (leg) and Mike Vrabel (arm); receivers Deion Branch (ankle) and David Patten (knee); safety Je'Rod Cherry (knee); tight end Daniel Graham (shoulder); cornerback Ty Law (ankle) and running back Antowain Smith (shoulder). Quarterback Tom Brady (arm) is probable.



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