Berea Report: The Truth about Suggs

Mike brings us the latest report from Berea, including the <I>real</I> scoop on the injury to Lee Suggs, who got game balls from the Browns, and the status of the walking wounded such as Gerard Warren. The above photo isn't really tied to any of that, we just liked the picture of Chaun Thompson pulling punt Ravens punt returner B. J. Sam to the turf...

BEREA – Running back Lee Suggs is expected to return to the practice field Wednesday when the Browns begin preparations for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Suggs sat out the Baltimore game with a stinger. Suggs said last week that he could have played, but team doctors ruled him out of action because of a lack of strength in the shoulder. Suggs had full range of motion and no pain.

In announcing that Suggs would be available, coach Butch Davis said that an ESPN report by Chris Mortensen saying that Suggs has stenosis isn't accurate. Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column.

Suggs was reportedly disagnosed with stenosis while playing at Virginia Tech. Browns medical personnel tested him prior to selecting him in the draft, and Suggs was tested by a specialist nearly two weeks ago.

"When he had the stinger, which is totally unrelated to stenosis, we sent him to a specialist in New York the day before the Chicago game to get a clarification," Davis said. "The doctor came back and said the reports out of Virginia Tech are erroneous.

"He did have the stinger, which has caused some weakness in his shoulder. As that strength returns to his shoulder enough that he can take a hit and not fumble the ball, then they're going to turn him loose to play. They've already given him the okay to return to practice Wednesday."

GAME BALLS: Game balls on defense were awarded to Andra Davis, Anthony Henry, Kenard Lang and Robert Griffith. Special teams recipients were Leigh Bodden, Kevin Bentley, punter Derrick Frost and kicker Phil Dawson. Bodden had five tackles. Offensive winners were the entire line and quarterback Jeff Garcia.

The Browns punt-coverage unit allowed just .8 yards per return.

WARREN REPORT: Davis didn't clarify the extent of the injury that defensive tackle Gerard Warren suffered to a pectoral muscle. Warren was hurt in the first quarter of play and didn't return. He was on the sideline in street clothes and was seen rotating his arm. He's listed as day-to-day on the report.

Others listed as day-to-day are defensive ends Ebenezer Ekuban (groin), Lang (elbow) and Corey Jackson (ankle); linebacker Eric Westmoreland (hip); Suggs and offensive lineman Melvin Fowler (ankle). Tight end Steve Heiden, who's out with a knee injury, is listed as week-to-week.

NO MORE PREDICTIONS: Defensive tackle Orpheus Roye joked about Kenard Lang's prediction last week in which he said Jamal Lewis wouldn't get by the first line of defense. Lang was partially correct. Lewis rarely broke the first line of defense in gaining just 57 yards on 20 carries.

"That was a bold statement," Roye said. "Hopefully he won't make any more predictions."

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