Berea Report: Lerner Speaks... Sort of...

Mike McLain reports from Berea, where today Paul Zukauskas (pictured) talked with reporters post-DUI, and where Ryan Tucker relayed word from Randy Lerner about Butch Davis' future with the Browns. Here's the latest...<BR><BR>

BEREA – Offensive lineman Paul Zukauskas was arrested on DUI charges early Tuesday morning after being stopped by a police officer in Brunswick for making an illegal right-hand turn.

Zukauskas was pulled over at 2:30 a.m. He was given a field sobriety test but refused to take a Breathalyzer. Refusing a Breathalyzer can result in a one-year suspension of driving privileges.

Zukauskas talked briefly with reporters Wednesday. He couldn't discuss details of a pending appearance in Medina Municipal Court, only to say that he plans to plead not guilty.

"It's unfortunate that I'm even here talking about it," Zukauskas said. "I'm disappointed."

: Offensive tackle Ryan Tucker has news for anyone hoping that coach Butch Davis is fired during the season.

"I talked to (owner) Randy (Lerner), and he (Davis) ain't going nowhere," Tucker said. "So everybody can relax about that deal."

Uneasy about Davis' status, Tucker met with Lerner at the team hotel last Saturday.

"He believes in Butch Davis. He believes in this team," Tucker said. "He doesn't want to get a rumor started that Butch is getting fired and we're starting over.

"All we have is what we have unless they fire me and all these other guys, then next year you'll have a whole new crew coming in here. For now, I'm trying to find a way to come in here every day and find a way to get better, and so are my teammates."

The mood in the locker room is relatively upbeat when considering the team has lost three straight games. There appear to be no signs of players giving up on the coach.

"If a guy quits, I feel bad for him," defensive end Kenard Lang said. "That shows his heart, his work ethic and how he really feels. If you're going to quit on a team, that means he's really quitting on himself. He's a person you can't trust. We don't have any guys like that on this team."

Receiver Andre Davis, who missed last Sunday's game because of a toe injury, practiced Wednesday and could play against the Jets. Receiver Andre King isn't expected to play because of a high ankle sprain.

Rookie safety Sean Jones is no longer eligible to play this season. Jones tore knee ligaments in an offseason practice and opened the season on physically unable to perform. The three-week window during which PUP players can be activated ended last Tuesday.

: Davis is listed as questionable. King and tight end Chad Mustard are doubtful. Mustard sprained a foot during practice.

Out for the Jets are linebacker Jason Glenn (forearm) and quarterback Chad Pennington (shoulder). Safety Rashad Washington (foot) is questionable. Listed as probable are tight end Chris Baker (hand), linebacker Eric Barton (illness), defensive end Shaun Ellis (groin) and safety Jon McGraw (groin).

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