Browns Make Changes, Drop Bombs

The Browns made some major moves today involving William Green, Andre Davis (pictured), Kevin Johnson, and Kelly Holcomb. Mike brings you the latest straight from Berea...

BEREA - William Green has been suspended for one game by coach Butch Davis for his arrest last week on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana.

"From an organizational standpoint, everyone is obviously disappointed. Certainly, he's very disappointed in himself," Davis said. "He certainly understands that when you're a part of a team and you do something that's detrimental to the team, it lets a lot of people down. It's something he clearly didn't want to happen, and neither did his teammates."

What's not known is how the NFL will deal with the case. Since the league conducts confidential drug tests, there's no knowledge if Green had a positive test that would have immediately placed him under the league's watch. Green was suspended twice during his career at Boston College for marijuana use.

If Green is in the league's drug program, his arrest would be a second violation of league policy. A second violation likely carries with it a four-game suspension.

"I've done what I'm going to do for at least the time being," Davis said. "The NFL is a well-run organization. They have tremendous policies and procedures to handle a wide variety of issues that come up. I've not been in contact with the league office. Those are all issues that will be handled on a management level in our organization."

Davis and Green met privately to discuss the matter. Davis didn't reveal what was said during the discussion.

"It's a very unfortunate thing," Davis said. "He's embarrassed. He's disappointed. We're disappointed, but we're going to move on."

DAVIS IN, KJ OUT: Davis dropped a bit of a bombshell after Monday's practice when he announced that Andre Davis will start in place of receiver Kevin Johnson.

"It's a combination of things," Butch said. "At some point in time you go so far in trying to get people to play totally the way that you'd like them to play. At some point in time there have to be some changes made. We wanted to give Andre an opportunity, and we're giving him the chance."

Davis was angered by several mistakes Johnson made against San Diego. Johnson dropped a pass on a fourth-down play late in the game to seal the win for the Chargers. He ran a wrong route, and he made the inexcusable mistake of falling backwards after catching a third-down pass, failing to get a first down.

Johnson leads the offense with 40 receptions, 10 more than Dennis Northcutt. Johnson has led the Browns in receptions in each of the last four seasons. His best season was in 2001, when he caught 84 passes for 1,097 yards and nine touchdowns.

Johnson signed a contract during preseason in 2002 that is worth an estimated $13.85 million and includes a signing bonus of $3.5 million. His base salary this season is $950,000, but it escalates to $2.65 million in 2006.

HOLCOMB BACK, COUCH OUT: The news of Johnson's demotion overshadowed news that Kelly Holcomb will start at quarterback. It will be Holcomb's first start since he fractured his right fibula Sept. 12 against San Francisco.

"The week off, for the first time both quarterbacks are as healthy as they were at the beginning of the season," Butch said. "Kelly moved around well today, so he's back to a starting position where he started the season."

RETURN OF THE WOUNDED: Rookie running back Lee Suggs began practicing a week ago Tuesday. The Browns had 21 days from that point to make a roster decision on Suggs.

"I believe I could (be ready by Sunday)," Suggs said. "Even though I'm not practicing, I'm still going to meetings and doing everything to pick up the offense."

Center Jeff Faine and guard Shaun O'Hara, both of whom missed the last two games with knee injuries, are practicing and could play Sunday. Offensive tackle Barry Stokes might not be as fortunate. Stokes missed the last game with a high ankle sprain. Needing crutches to get around Monday, it's doubtful that Stokes will play Sunday.

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