Browns-Eagles: Game Notebook

Mike McLain's notes on the Browns running attack, an unfriendly exit, and more!

CLEVELAND – It was another good offensive show for running backs William Green and Lee Suggs.

The two combined for 142 yards on 29 carries in a 34-31 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. Suggs gained 78 on 15 carries, and Green gained 64 on 14 carries.

It's the second straight week the two have played well. Green rushed for 115 yards and Suggs had 100 yards in receptions in a 34-17 win over Cincinnati last week.

The Browns had an idea during the week of practices that they might have a big day on the ground. The Eagles' one weaknesses is stopping the run.

"They (the Eagles) haven't stopped the run," center Jeff Faine said. "The way that they stop it is by outscoring teams and not allowing them to run the ball. That's why us staying in the game allowed us opportunities to run the ball."

Suggs had 69 yards and a 13-yard touchdown run on nine carries, while Green went to the locker room with 50 yards and an 11-yard scoring run on six carries in the first half.

"We took a big step forward," Green said. "It should be a good confidence builder for a lot of guys."

UNFRIENDLY EXIT: Eagles backup linebacker Jason Short flipped off the Browns and used the F-word while being carted off the field after being knocked out on kick coverage.

"Some guys were praying for the guy," Browns free safety Earl Little said. " Guys were concerned. When there's a serious injury and a guy is down like that, everyone is concerned. He got up and gave us this look and basically said (expletive deleted) you. He was out of line for that.

"When you're giving us the middle finger and guys are flipping you off, guys don't like that," Little said. "I don't know if his bell got rung so much that he thought someone intentionally did it."

Short said he didn't remember the incident afterwards.

BOUNCING BACK: Defensive tackle Gerard Warren doesn't think the tough loss will linger well into the bye week.

"Not at all," he said. "We have the 24-hour rule. Suck it up, work on the mistakes and get ready for Baltimore the week after."

SHORT-HANDED: Receiver Andre King sprained an ankle in the first quarter and didn't return. King suffered the injury while he was running to his position after breaking the huddle. The way King fell to the ground made it look like he had suffered an injury to his Achilles' tendon.

After King was sidelined, the Browns had just three available receivers – Dennis Northcutt, Frisman Jackson and Antonio Bryant. Andre Davis was out with a toe injury. Bryant, who was acquired in a trade with Dallas last Tuesday, saw limited action. Bryant did catch two passes for 26 yards.

PLAYER NOTES: Tight end Steve Heiden caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, which was the longest TD reception of his career. Heiden's previous best was 17 yards Oct. 5 of last year.

Tight end Aaron Shea tied his career record for receptions in a game with six. He previously had that many receptions on two occasions.

Kicker Phil Dawson's 38-yard field goal in the second quarter extended his streak of consecutive successful kicks to 24. He broke the previous team record of 23 set by Matt Stover.

Inactive for the Browns were defensive back Michael Lehan; linebacker Barry Gardner; offensive linemen Kirk Chambers and Javiar Collins; Davis, and defensive lineman Corey Jackson and Amon Gordon.

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