The Browns have one fear for Sunday's game in Green Bay: The Packers will turn the offense over to running back Ahman Green.
There's good reason. The Browns front seven is suspect, and Rudi Johnson and the Bengals showed in week one that it's not all that difficult to run on the Browns 3-4 defense. Cincinnati ran for 148 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry.
In their season-opening loss in Detroit, the Packers ran Green just 12 times.
Penalties partly led to that low total, but the Browns know that Green is too good to run only 12 times.
So the defense is preparing for Green - and perhaps even backup Najeh Davenport - to get a bunch of carries.
Until the Browns show they can stop the run, teams will continue to run on them. It is, after all, the simplest way to win a game in the NFL.
- RB Lee Suggs returned to practice and moved pretty well, according to
coach Romeo Crennel. Suggs has been sidelined since Aug. 18 with a high
ankle sprain. Crennel probably will decide on Sunday if Suggs will play.
- RB Reuben Droughns will start against Green Bay and figures to get most
of the team's carries. Droughns outperformed William Green in the opener and
earned a shot at being the lead back.
- CB Gary Baxter returned to practice and there's a good chance he will
start Sunday in Green Bay. Baxter has been sidelined since Aug. 20 with a
concussion. If he plays, it will be the first time all season that starters
Baxter and Daylon McCutcheon will be on the field together. It might not
matter a lot, though, as neither are pure cover corners.
- DE Orpheus Roye has been listed as questionable on the injury report
with a hyperextended knee, but Roye vowed to play in Green Bay. Roye is
always there on Sunday.
- LB Matt Stewart could miss up to a month with a sprained MCL in his knee. Stewart is not a superstar, but his loss does not help the Browns run defense. He is replaced by Chaun Thompson, who is a fast linebacker best suited to rushing the passer. Kenard Lang, a converted defensive end, starts at the other outside spot.