Thursday Berea Report: Injury Updates

Here's the very latest info on Browns players fighting back from injury, as well as some of the players throughts heading into next Sunday's match-up with the Green Bay Packers...

BEREA – All signs point towards Gary Baxter receiving playing time Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

The cornerback has been on the practice field and showing no signs of problems from the concussion he suffered Aug. 20 against the Detroit Lions. Coach Romeo Crennel wouldn't say if Baxter will start, but Baxter said Wednesday that he plans to start.

"Baxter did some nice things out there (Wednesday)," Crennel said. "He was into it and communicating with the guys on the field and running around pretty well. I'm encouraged by what I see there."

The secondary hasn't had all of its players healthy since training camp opened.

Cornerback Leigh Bodden (groin) is the latest member of the secondary to land on the injured list.

GRADUALLY RETURNING: Running back Lee Suggs is making steady progress from the high ankle sprain he suffered during camp. "He took plays on the scout team and with the offense," Crennel said. "He moved around better than I thought he would."

FRYE TIME: It seems as if Crennel wants to give rookie quarterback Charlie Frye some playing time this season, but he can't predict when that might happen.

Crennel said that he would be more likely to play Frye with a 20-point lead than a 20-point deficit.

"If any young player has the opportunity to learn and come along slowly, they become better players because of it," Crennel said.

FRIS IS FOUR: Frisman Jackson's role won't change because of the big day he had against the Bengals. Jackson had eight receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown.

"We're pleased with what he did, but we're not making him the number-one receiver," Crennel said. "He's improved his lot. He's probably moved up in our thinking and will probably be given more opportunities than maybe he was given before. He'll work within the system, just like they all work in the system."

SHEA STILL HURTING: Tight end Aaron Shea (shoulder) isn't able to do much in practice. Don't expect to see him play this week.

SHORING UP THE RUN D: The defense needs to find a way to improve upon last week's effort against the run. The Browns allowed 148 rushing yards to the Bengals, including 126 to Rudi Johnson.

Nose tackle Jason Fisk talked about remaining in gaps and trusting teammates to do their jobs.

"There's more responsibility put on the front seven with the defense we're playing here," Fisk said. "It's gap control, but with that you have to knock someone back and get into an offensive lineman and drive him back and try to take away some seams as well. You have to be more physical in this defense."

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