Rainer, Little are questionable

Mike McLain provides the scoop on the current status of Earl Little and Wali Rainer. Updates on Keith McKenzie and Jammi German are also part of today's update from Berea.

Middle linebacker Wali Rainer was back on the practice field Wednesday, but don't expect him to start next Sunday against the Ravens.

Rainer, who injured an ankle against Chicago, participated in individual drills but no team drills. If Rainer doesn't work with the team on Thursday, he won't start against Baltimore.

The same situation applies for safety Earl Little, who suffered a concussion when hit by Steelers receiver Hines Ward last Sunday. Little was on the field Wednesday, but it's not known if he will get the call against the Ravens.

The Ravens are also hurting. Definitley out on Sunday are running back Terry Allen (hand) and receiver Patrick Johnson (clavicle). Defensive end Rob Burnett (calf) is doubtful. Listed as questionable are tight end John Jones (leg); defensive end Michael McCrary (knee) and defensive back James Trapp (groin). Probable are defensive tackle Sam Adams (knee) and linebacker Brad Jackson (leg).

DAY TO DAY: Receiver Jammi German isn't about to assume his active status last week means that he is assured of playing every week. German got the call in place of JaJuan Dawson against Pittsburgh, but that could change this week.

"I try to put myself into a position that when I'm called on I try to make some plays," German said. "Whether it's the fourth or third receiver, as long as I get a chance to get an opportunity."

GETTING WELL: Defensive end Keith McKenzie made an appearance in the locker room Wednesday, wearing a cast on his surgically-repaired left ankle. With his season finished, McKenzie needs to start thinking about next year.

His two-year contract ends after this season, which means he will be eligible for free agency. Coming off a major injury won't help his bargaining power.

"I played well enough in the games I've played in, and with the injury not being career-threatening, hopefully they will look past it," McKenzie said.

McKenzie, who fractured the ankle against Chicago, wants to be back with the Browns next season. The team will have salary-cap room to fit him into the picture, and coach Butch Davis has spoken highly of his talents.

"The last thing on my mind wasn't contract or anything like that," McKenzie said when describing his thoughts after being injured. "I was just thinking that I can't play. I was mad that I couldn't play anymore."

McKenzie isn't expected to be able to begin running for at least another 15 weeks.

The OBR Top Stories