Berea Report: Cutch Plans on Playing

The Browns cornerback expects to return against the Dolphins

Daylon McCutcheon plans to play against the Dolphins Sunday. He is listed as probable with a bruised abdomen suffered in a collision with Steelers receiver Hines Ward last week. McCutcheon practiced Wednesday

He talked about the ordeal in Pittsburgh and was understandably frightened.

"I knew it wasn't anything to my back or neck, but I couldn't breathe," McCutcheon said Wednesday. "It was painful. I've had the wind knocked out of me plenty of times. This was way worse than any of those times."

McCutcheon was hurt while disrupting Ward from catching the ball cleanly. The play was being reviewed as doctors tended to McCutcheon. McCutcheon admitted with a smile that at the time he was thinking about survival more than the pass. The original call of touchdown was overturned

All tests for internal injuries were negative. McCutcheon said he is still sore, but not as sore as he was Monday.

McCutcheon is already looking forward to the rematch with Ward when the Browns play the Steelers Dec. 24. Ward caught eight passes for 124 yards against the Browns last week.

INSURANCE PREMIUM: Coach Romeo Crennel added cornerback James Thornton to the practice squad Wednesday. Punter Gabe Lindstrom was released from the practice squad to make room for Thornton. Thornton has not played in an NFL game, but Crennel wanted insurance in case McCutcheon cannot play.

Thornton, 5-11, 185 pounds from Morris Brown College, was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Bears in 2003. He was cut Aug. 19, 2003, by the Bears and did not play again until the Falcons signed him June 16 of this year. The Falcons waived him Sept. 3.

ANDRUZZI, COLEMAN LIMPING: The biggest injury concerns for the Browns are at guard. Left guard Joe Andruzzi is listed as doubtful with injuries to his right knee and right calf. Right guard Cosey Coleman is questionable with a sprained right knee. The injury kept him out of the game last week. Mike Pucillo would replace Andruzzi. Dave Yovanovits would replace Coleman.

RUNNING BACKS BACK? Running back Lee Suggs is not on the injury report for the first time in five weeks. He will have to play with a protective brace on his right thumb, which was fractured Oct. 9, but tunning back William Green is listed as doubtful with his sprained right ankle.

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