Looking to stay healthy

Butch Davis plans to re-evaluate the team's offseason conditioning program.

Don't think the injuries that have hit the Browns have gone unnoticed to Butch Davis.

With a league-high 13 players on reserve-injured, Davis plans to re-evaluate the way the offseason conditioning program is conducted. Davis would like to approach what is happening this season in New Orleans, which has yet to have a player on reserve-injured.

"I don't think we accomplished 50 percent of what I would have liked to last season during the offseason," Davis said. "A large percentage of it is that the players didn't know me. We weren't able to just jump right in and get started because so many guys were hurt.

"If the season ended today, we'd have a few guys (not ready to go) like Rickey Dudley, but he's almost out of the post-op situation. I'd say by the first of February, if we don't get any more surgeries, most of those guys are going to be close to being ready to start offseason conditioning."

NOT THAT BAD: Orpheus Roye's sprained left knee isn't serious. Roye suffered the injury last Sunday against New England.

"Nobody wants to end the season with an injury," Roye said. "Unfortunately, I got hurt. I'll just have to get healthy and strong and get ready for next season. I should be good before we leave here (after the season). It feels good, and I have good range of motion."

ALL READY: Davis is pleased with the way the team has responded during a week when changes have been made on offense and special teams.

"I told the team today that it never fails to amaze me about their willingness to practice and their enthusiasm," Davis said. "We have had very good practices, and last week was very good. There are teams that clearly put it on autopilot and go through the motions with no intentions of wanting to win. They're working as hard as they did in week two when we were trying to win the first game."

ALL FOR IT: Linebacker Jamir Miller could be the first Brown since the franchise's rebirth in 1999 to make the Pro Bowl. Miller leads the defense with 96 tackles, including a career-high 10 sacks.

"I'm cheering for every guy we have on the football team to get the peer recognition and fans' recognition to at sometime play in a Pro Bowl," Davis said. "Our football team is where it is today, psychologically and emotionally, because of guys like Jamir. With a young team, you like to tell players, ‘Look at the way Jamir practices.' You need role models like that."

INJURY UPDATE: Receiver Quincy Morgan (shoulder) has been upgraded from questionable to probable. Free safety Percy Ellsworth (quadriceps) was downgraded from probable to questionable. H-Back Aaron Shea (shoulder) didn't practice and remains questionable. Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon (ankle) did practice, as did Miller (quadriceps).


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