Berea Report: NSA Meets NFL

National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice visited Berea today, with some advice for the team...

BEREA – The Browns had a special visitor when Dr. Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser to President Bush, attended Thursday's practice.

Rice is a Browns' fan dating back to her youth in Birmingham, Ala.

"The team we got (on television) most often was Cleveland," said Rice said, who will make a speech to the City Club of Cleveland Friday. "It was the days of Paul Brown and Jim Brown, so I just became a dyed-in-the-wool Browns fan. When the Browns came back (in 1999), I felt it was time to go back to my base team."

Rice is confident that the team's offensive woes will be solved. She's a big fan of the running game.

"This team is going to jell. I'm a great believer in always being on the offensive," she said. "I'm actually a big fan of the running game. I don't think there's anything like an offensive line dominating a defense down the field. I think that's more demoralizing than if you're throwing the ball."

Rice then gave advice for the defensive side of the ball.

"Never, ever go into a prevent," she said.

LITTLE GETS THE JOKE: Safety Earl Little has kept the bottle of Pepto Bismol sent to him by Bengals receiver Chad Johnson. Johnson sent the Pepto Bismol to some of the defensive backs with a note reading: "I just wanted to add a little color and relief to your week. All the best, Chad."

"My family is coming to town this week," Little said. "If my daughter has an upset stomach, I'll say, ‘Thank you, Chad.' "

Browns players got a kick out of Johnson's prank.

"He gets an ‘A' for creativity and an ‘A' for execution," defensive end Kenard Lang said. "When it comes Sunday, he has to produce. He has to make somebody sick. If not, it might fall back on him, and somebody will give him some Tums."

BIG GAME, BIG MONEY: Defensive tackle Gerard Warren expects to play Sunday. Warren has been able to participate in all practice drills for the first time since straining a pectoral muscle in the first game of the season. Warren re-aggravated the injury a week later against Dallas and hasn't played since.

AT THE MOVIES: NFL Films is following the Browns and Bengals as the teams go about preparations this week. The plan is to air a special called "Six Days Until Sunday" prior to the Nov. 28 game between the teams in Cincinnati.

LITTLE LOSES APPEAL: Little's appeal of a fine for a late hit was unsuccessful, which means he owes the NFL $5,000. On the play in question, Little landed on Dallas Cowboys receiver Keyshawn Johnson after Johnson made a sliding catch.


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