Being cautious with Courtney

Courtney Brown's return to the defensive line couldn't have come at a better time. Thin on the line, head coach Butch Davis intends to slowly incorportate Brown back into the rotation.

Defensive end Courtney Brown held up well in practice on Wednesday, but coach Butch Davis remains in a cautious mode with his prized defender.

"We're going to be smart," Davis said. "If we deem on Friday with 100 percent flying colors, we're still not going to put him out there and play him 50 to 75 plays. This in essence is his first game of the season, and everyone else has had seven or eight games. We're going to be smart how we utilize him."

Browns is listed as probable on the injury report. He suffered a slight tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the preseason finale against Carolina on Aug. 31.

INJURY REPORT: In addition to Brown, offensive guard Jeremy McKinney (elbow) is probable. Outside linebacker Jamir Miller, who missed practice on Monday because of food poisoning, was back on the field.

Also back on the field was linebacker Lenoy Jones, who is on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury. This is the first week he is eligible to practice. The team will have to decide later in November how to handle his roster status.

Bears quarterback Jim Miller (hip) and strong safety Larry Whigham (hamstring) are questionable. Listed as probable are free safety Mike Brown (knee) and offensive guard Rex Tucker (calf). Bears coach Dick Jauron said the decision to start Miller or Shane Matthews probably won't be made until Friday.

ROSTER MOVE: The Browns signed defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks to the practice squad. To make room for Claybrooks, linebacker Donnie Spragan was waived. Claybrooks (6-foot-3, 292 pounds) was signed by Green Bay as a rookie free agent out of East Carolina last May. The Packers waived him prior to the start of the season. He was signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad Sept. 4, but the Bucs waived him Oct. 16.

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