Berea Report: Green Loses Large

William Green, as much as anyone, is suffering due to the Browns offensive line problems. While the Browns fans and team have been hit in the loss column, Green is getting hit in the wallet. Mike McLain provides the details in the first independent report from today's activity in Berea...

BEREA – William Green had an interesting reply when asked after Wednesday's practice if it's difficult running behind the Browns' patchwork offensive line.

"I'm not going to answer that question," Green said. "It's self-explanatory."

Green has struggled most of this season, including the last two games. He had a fumble against New England that was turned into a touchdown by the Patriots, and he fumbled the ball away last Sunday against Buffalo. Green also missed a blitz pickup against the Bills that led to a sack of Luke McCown.

"I've done what I can do," Green said. "At times I've made mistakes. Last week I missed the blitz and I dropped the ball. It wasn't like I went out there and didn't give all my effort or was afraid of doing everything. I did make mistakes."

For the season, Green has rushed for 569 yards on 156 carries. Green needs to reach the 1,000-yard mark for an incentive to kick in that would increase his base salary to $2 million in 2005 and $3.5 million in 2006. He's currently set to make $455,000 in 2005 and $545,000 in 2006.

"That's life," Green said. "It is what it is. You take what's given to you, and you do the best for whatever turns are given to you. That's what I do. If I had lived my life any differently, I wouldn't be here right now."


RAVENS NOT RELEVANT: Interim coach Terry Robiskie isn't concerned about what Ravens' management might think about the Browns' decision sign quarterback Josh Harris off the Ravens' practice squad.

"You think I care about what they think?" Robiskie said.


OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION! The Elias Sports Bureau has changed the ruling on a play in last Sunday's game against the Bills. A third-quarter play in which Takeo Spikes was credited with a sack of McCown for minus-9 yards has been switched to an aborted play.

The change could mean that the Browns had 26 total yards instead of 17.


KELLY UNLIKELY: Unless quarterback Kelly Holcomb's cracked ribs improve dramatically in the next few days, it appears that McCown will start a third straight game. Harris, who has yet to take a snap in a regular-season game, will likely be the backup. Holcomb would be the emergency quarterback.


SUGGS GETS CLOSER: Running back Lee Suggs said his sore big toe felt better after Wednesday's practice than it did before the session began. Suggs has missed three straight games with turf toe.


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