It's unfortunate the way it happened, but the end of James Jackson's season opens a door of opportunity for Jamel White and Benjamim Gay.
Jackson was placed on the reserve-injured list Wednesday with an ankle injury. His absence for the last three games of the season will mean more time at running back for White and perhaps an increased role for Gay.
White and Gay are anxious to face the challenge. It will give them a chance to give the coaching staff something to ponder during the offseason.
"I look at everything like that (an opportunity)," said White, who has been used primarily on passing downs. "I enjoy the opportunity to show that I can run with the ball and stand there every play and pick up the blitzes and all the things a bigger back would do.
"I just want to show everyone that I can get the job done. It's unfortunate how I got it. You have to be able to pick up where we left off. Me and Ben now have to go out there and do more things for our team."
White has 240 yards on 73 carries, but his main value has been as a receiver (he has 30 receptions for 255 yards). Gay, the choice of fans to see more time, has 31 carries for 110 yards.
"I went against Baltimore and I went against Tennessee. Hitting-wise, trust me, I'm fine with that," Gay said. "Now it's just a matter of staying mentally focused the whole time I'm out there. That's pretty much the way I'm going right now."
DEAL MAKERS: Coach Butch Davis would like to re-sign defensive end Keith McKenzie, who is eligible for free agency after this season. McKenzie, out for the season with a broken ankle, has said he wants to return to Cleveland.
"That's something we're working on," Davis said. "I talked to (football operations director) Dwight (Clark) about working on getting something done. Hopefully, it will happen in the near future."
RIGHT ON: Offensive tackle Roman Oben might see time at right tackle against Green Bay. Oben sat the bench last week after being demoted as the starter at left tackle.
"I don't think he was comfortable making the switch from the left to right side with two days of practice," Davis said. "He's practiced better this week. There's a possibility he could see time at right tackle in the game this week."
INJURY UPDATE: H-back Aaron Shea and defensive end Courtney Brown didn't practice Thursday. It appears unlikely that either of the two will start.
ROSTER MOVE: Running back Terry Fair was promoted from the practice squad to replace James Jackson. Fair's spot on the practice squad was filled by defensive end Derrick Ham, who was waived by Washington on Sept. 3.
HARD TO BELIEVE: The Browns and Packers have played 15 times, including the 1965 NFL Championship Game in Green Bay. Sunday's game will mark the first time the teams have met at Lambeau Field in a regular-season game. The Packers used to move games that attracted big crowds to County Stadium in Milwaukee.