BEREA — One man's pain could turn out to be another man's gain.
Because of a broken wrist suffered by Browns weakside linebacker Chaun Thompson this week, Ben Taylor will get a chance to show what he can do in workouts against the Buffalo Bills on Friday and Saturday.
Taylor made eight starts at weakside linebacker for Cleveland last year, but was demoted to second string during the offseason when the Browns named their No. 2 pick from the 2003 draft as the starter.
Because of Thompson's misfortunes, Taylor will be back with the first team on Saturday's scrimmage against Buffalo.
"It's one of those deals where I'm not happy about the way this opportunity was presented to me, but I'm going to try to take full advantage of it," Taylor said. "I'm just going to try to do the best I can while I'm in there and take it from there."
Taylor had 95 tackles last year despite missing three games due to injury. Two of his absent marks were caused by a staph infection that landed him in the hospital. When he was cleared to play by doctors, Taylor returned to the field as a backup for the final three games of 2003, a role he was penciled in for when training camp began last week.
"These types of things happen all the time," Taylor said. "You just have to roll with the punches.
"You see what happened last year when we were decimated by injuries. It's important for us to stay healthy, and when someone gets called in there, he's got to play hard and do what he needs to do to help this team win."
Thompson will miss at least one week with his broken wrist.
A LOOK AHEAD — The Browns will be in Rochester, N.Y. to practice and play against the Bills this weekend.
Friday's workouts will consist of two practices in which the teams will go through their normal drills against one another. Cleveland and Buffalo will then reconvene for a scrimmage on Saturday that will begin at 10 a.m. All of the weekend's events will take place at St. John Fisher College.
Browns coach Butch Davis is excited to get a look at his team against an opponent for the first time this year.
"I'm curious about our offense," Davis said. "It will be good to be able to gage our level of efficiency and effort against someone else's."
PLAY OF THE DAY — Cornerback Michael Lehan knocked away a pass intended for Frisman Jackson inside the red zone yesterday. Lehan was four yards away from Davis when the ball was thrown, but closed quickly to deflect the pass.
INJURY REPORT — Cornerback Anthony Henry was dressed but did not practice on Thursday. He is nursing a sore hamstring according to Davis, but is expected to practice this weekend.