The big sigh of relief heard coming from the Browns' training facility was news that William Green's sore shoulder is nothing more than that - a sore shoulder.
A MRI revealed that Green has a slight fraying of the lateral muscle in his right shoulder. Coach Butch Davis expects Green to be full go when the team practices Wednesday. Davis indicated that the first-round draft pick should be ready to play Saturday in the preseason opener against Minnesota.
There was a delay in the administration of the procedure because Green is claustrophobic. He was given a sedative Tuesday morning. Because the medication hadn't worn off by the afternoon, Green didn't participate in practice.
Green has been on the practice field just six of the 15 days since rookies opened camp. He missed the first five days because of a contract holdout.
Davis isn't concerned about the time Green has missed.
"If there was one week to go until the opening of the season, I'd certainly be concerned," Davis said. "We still have four preseason games to go. We still have two more weeks of two-a-days. You don't like anybody missing any practice repetitions, but there's plenty of time for him to catch up."
The afternoon practice was uneventful. Kelly Holcomb did connect with JaJuan Dawson on a touchdown throw of about 50 yards during the two-minute drill. Dawson caught the ball across the middle, slipped a defender and scored easily.
Tim Couch hooked up with tight end Rickey Dudley for a 25-yard gain during the two-minute drill. Earlier on the drive Couch had a pass knocked down at the line of scrimmage by Orpheus Roye, who continues to play well.
The two-minute drive engineered by Couch stalled near the 20-yard line. Phil Dawson was good on a 37-yard field goal into the teeth of a strong wind. The ball barely cleared the cross bar as the wind slowed its progress.
Davis again noted that the depth chart is meaningless at this time of the year. He said not to read anything into the fact that Tre Johnson remains on the second team at right guard. Shaun O'Hara is at right guard with the first unit, and Barry Stokes is working at left guard with the first unit.
The fact the Browns will be playing on artificial turf Saturday in the Metrodome might not change Davis' decision concerning which players will see action. Linebacker Earl Holmes and Johnson, in particular, are two players that have been taking it easy - Holmes because of knee surgery and Johnson because of a sprained right knee.
"If they were playing 55 to 75 plays, it might be a concern," Davis said. "But the plan is for the first team to play about 12 to 15 plays, depending on how the possessions go."
Offensive tackle Ross Verba had a minor scare in the morning when he jammed an elbow into the ground as he became tangled in a mass of players. Verba said everything was okay, and he participated in the afternoon practice.
Anthony Henry, as usual, had an interception. It came on a pass by Holcomb.