Berea Report: Will Warren Reappear?

In addition to last week's mysterious will-he-play-or-won't-he drama involving Lee Suggs, we now have a similar drama involving Gerard Warren. Mike picks up on the various hints and clues and gets us up-to-speed. Plus, a pleased punter and Michael Myers' mystery. Here's the latest...

BEREA – Defensive tackle Gerard Warren didn't practice Thursday, which makes his playing status for Sunday's game in Dallas more confusing.

Coach Butch Davis said Wednesday that he expects Warren to play. Warren strained a pectoral muscle against Baltimore. A MRI showed no tear of the muscle.

When a player misses the Wednesday and Thursday practices, it's usually means he won't play. Davis also said that Warren did some encouraging things Thursday, which indicates that he did some work.

This will be a call that might not come down until Sunday.


SUGGS WANTS IN: Running back Lee Suggs is again lobbying to play, but he hasn't been cleared by doctors to go. Suggs is still trying to regain full strength in his shoulder area after suffering a stinger two weeks ago.

"Everything feels fine," Suggs said shortly before Thursday's practice. "I've been raring to go the last two weeks. I feel good. I feel like I can play. That still has to be determined."

Davis wants to rotate Suggs and William Green in the manner he did during the preseason games. Green carried the ball 22 times for 66 yards last Sunday. James Jackson had four carries.

"I hope that it's a recurring theme all year that we're able to play a lot of guys," Davis said. "It's by design that we've tried to build a team where there isn't a big drop off from the starter and the guy that's playing behind him. I could see us playing three running backs on some Sundays. We got James some action, and maybe we should have gotten Dee Brown some carries to get him in there and keep guys fresh."

Green felt that he was a bit too anxious against the Ravens.

"I was a little too hyped up," Green said. "We had (to go against Baltimore linebacker) Ray Lewis. Physically I felt pretty good. I also left some yards out there. It was something to learn and build off of so I can get better."


PUNTING PROGRESS: Punter Derrick Frost has to be pleased with his 44.4-yard net average on seven punts. He had three punts downed inside the Baltimore 20.

"My goal for the year was a net 35," he said. "The first punt really wasn't a very good one, but Leigh Bodden got off the block and got down field so they couldn't catch it. From there on out it seemed like everything went really well."


MYERS MOVES ON: Defensive tackle Michael Myers played five seasons and part of a sixth with the Cowboys. Dallas waived him Oct. 7 of last year, and the Browns signed him Nov. 12.

Myers said he isn't looking forward to this game more than any other. He did say he didn't part ways with the Cowboys on the best of terms.

"They didn't give me a reason why," he said of being waived. "So I just came up here to do my thing."

Myers' best season in Dallas was 2001, when he recorded 67 tackles. He had 3.5 sacks that year.


SOONER OR LATER: Kellen Winslow is confident of blocking a punt before the season ends. Winslow came close twice last week. The Ravens were whistled once for holding Winslow.

"I missed a couple just off the tip of my fingertips," he said. "It'll come."


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