Berea Report: Return of the Lineman?

<BR>Ryan Tucker is getting closer, but he's not back yet. The Browns right tackle says the lay-off is "killing him", but also wants to make sure that he's ready. Mike McLain brings you the latest news from Berea!<BR><BR>

BEREA – It doesn't look promising for offensive tackle Ryan Tucker to play Sunday when the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday at Heinz Field.

Tucker said Monday that he's feeling better, but he doesn't want to rush back. Tucker tore his right quadriceps against the Dallas Cowboys.

"What I've got, you have to take care of because it can get worse," Tucker said. "If you're looking at coming back early, then you miss six to eight games in comparison to making sure it's healthy and playing out the rest of the season."

Tucker said that watching the last two games has been a difficult task.

"It's killing me," Tucker said. "You feel like you're not a part of it, whether it's a win or a loss. It's tough to sit and watch. I haven't done a whole lot of that."

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY: Coach Butch Davis says that running back William Green shouldn't feel slighted because he didn't play the entire second half against the Redskins. Lee Suggs, who finished with 82 yards on 22 carries, was on the field for the entire half.

"One of the huge luxuries that this football team has is we have a good group of running backs," Davis said. "We're going to need all hands on deck. One week one guy might be the hero, and the next week another guy might be the hero. If we had beaten the Giants last week, there's no question that William would have been the hero. He did a great job of rushing against them."

When the season began, the plan was to use Suggs and Green in a rotational system.

"When those guys are alternating in there six to eight plays in a row, and another guy is in there for six to eight plays, they can be awfully effective," Davis said. Hopefully, as the season goes on, that's pretty much the format."

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: Offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, who lines up on the outside of the line on field-goal attempts, was wide open on the fake field goal. Holder Derrick Frost, unable to spot Gonzalez, kept the ball and was stopped short of a first down.

Gonzalez said that the Browns have practiced that particular fake for at least three years.

Game balls on special teams were awarded to Leigh Bodden and Chris Crocker. Cornerback Anthony Henry, tackle Michael Myers and ends Kenard Lang and Ebenezer Ekuban received honors on defense. Offensive players honored were running back Lee Suggs, receiver Andre Davis and tight ends Steve Heiden and Aaron Shea.

MYSTERY AT LG: Davis said he didn't know who would start at left guard against the Steelers. Enoch DeMar replaced Paul Zukauskas in the second half against the Redskins. Zukauskas was responsible for two of the three sacks allowed by the line.

Zukauskas was on the injury list the last two weeks with a sprained knee. He didn't get hurt in the game.

Listed as day-to-on the injury report are linebackers Kevin Bentley (quadriceps) and Barry Gardner (groin), along with offensive tackle Ross Verba (calf). Tucker and defensive tackle Gerard Warren (pectoralis) are week-to-week.

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