Thursday Evening Notes from Berea

Butch is staying, Dawson toughs it out, and more...

BEREA – It doesn't look like coach Butch Davis has any intentions of pursuing the coaching opening at the University of Nebraska.

"I have no interest whatsoever in going to Nebraska," Davis said. "They did not contact me. I told my agent (Marvin Demhoff) that if someone has an interest – if it's just rumors or innuendos – please tell them I'm not interested."

Davis was the head coach at the University of Miami from 1995-2000. He signed a five-year, $16 million contract with the Browns in 2001.

While many fans have voiced their displeasure with Davis, all indications are that he will be back in 2004.

"There's unfinished business here," Davis said. "There's a lot of stuff I want to accomplish in coming years."

JUST DOING HIS JOB: Kicker Phil Dawson wasn't trying to prove a point when continued to play after breaking his left arm on his first kick off last Monday night. Dawson kicked off two more times and booted two extra points after suffering the injury.

"I wasn't trying to be a tough guy," Dawson said. "I trust the doctors. When they take a look at it and say, ‘Can you finish?' If they're going to leave it up to me, I'm going to finish it. That was kind of my mindset, and I got through it."

CLIPPED TO THE POORHOUSE: Offensive lineman Barry Stokes was hit with a $7,500 fine by the NFL office for clipping Rams safety Adam Archuleta. Stokes was penalized for holding on the play, and he followed it up with the clip. Stokes had a printed message placed at every locker, asking for help from his teammates to pay the fine.

MEDICAL UPDATES: Defensive end Courtney Brown had surgery to repair ruptured tendons in his right biceps Wednesday. Davis said the damage wasn't nearly as bad as what offensive tackle Ross Verba suffered in a preseason game. Verba also ruptured biceps tendon and was lost for the season.

Beasley had surgery this week to repair two fractures of the fibula. He's expected to be back in April.

The Browns lead the NFL in the number of players on the reserve-injured, non-football-injury and physically-unable-to-perform lists with 14. Detroit is next with 13, followed by Houston (12), San Diego (11), Oakland (11) and Green Bay (10).

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