The Browns will face the undefeated Chiefs in Kansas City without their leading rusher and leading receiver in the starting lineup.
Running back William Green was suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team in light of his DUI/marijuana possession arrest on Oct. 27.
"There has to be accountability, and there has to be consequences," coach Butch Davis said in announcing the suspension.
Davis clearly was not pleased with Green, who was the Browns' first-round draft choice in 2002.
"I think he certainly understands that anytime you're part of the team, anything that is detrimental to a team or is a distraction certainly lets a lot of people down," Davis said.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Kevin Johnson was benched in favor of Andre Davis. Johnson leads the Browns with 40 catches -- more than new starters Andre Davis and Quincy Morgan combined -- and has led the Browns in receiving every year since he was the team's second-round draft choice in 1999.
But Johnson fell out of favor with Davis because of his blocking, which the team indicates is not worthy of a player given a $3.5 million signing bonus prior to last season.
"You go so far in trying to get people to play totally the way that you'd
like them to play," Davis said. "At some point in time there has to be changes
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's just a disappointing situation. It's something he didn't want to have happen, and something his teammates or coaching staff didn't want to have happen." -- Coach Butch Davis, on William Greens' DUI arrest.