Holmes: "We Have to be Smart"

David Carducci talks to Earl Holmes about his knee problems and the team's approach to his progress. Holmes says that he will start on Monday night, and discusses why he's been on the sidelines to date.

BEREA - Earl Holmes confirmed today that he will be in the Browns starting lineup Monday night in Green Bay.

While several sources have said that Holmes absence from the first two preseason games and only occasional participation in training camp was part of a setback with the veteran linebacker's knee, Holmes continues to say he and the team decided to err on the side of caution.

"I could have gone last week, but when Jamir (Miller suffered a torn Achilles tendon) we decided to be a little more patient," said Holmes. "We just lost one of our key guys on defense and we couldn't afford to take any chances ... We've just been taking things slow. We have to be smart because I can't help anybody if I'm on the bench. The big picture was just to be ready for Kansas City when once Jamir went down."

Holmes said he will be at or near 100-percent when the Browns open the season against the Chiefs. For now, he is just focusing on regaining his timing and helping to improve what has been a disappointing team effort against the run in the first two preseason games.

"I've watched the film, and all of our problems have been because of technique," said Holmes. "It's nothing that can't be fixed.

"They brought Darren Hambrick in (to replace Miller) ... and now I'm coming back. It's just going to be a matter of just getting our timing down."

LIGHT DAY ... To break up the long week between a Saturday and Monday night game, the Browns decided to give the team Wednesday off. The Browns will return to their regular schedule Thursday afternoon.

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