Tim Couch said today he would be "shocked" if his sore right elbow kept him from playing in Sunday's season opener with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Couch is testing his elbow by taking his normal throws in a typical Wednesday practice this afternoon. The official NFL injury report is lists Couch as probable for Sunday due to a small tear in the elbow that the team believes is scar tissue.
According to Couch, tear could have a positive effect on the elbow. He has struggled with tendinitis in the elbow off and on during his four-year career. Couch said the scar tissue tearing away could allow the tendinitis to heal.
"I'll make all of the throws today," said Couch. "I feel surprisingly good ... I would be shocked if I couldn't go (Sunday). The elbow feels a lot better, and I think I will be ready to start the season. Hopefully it will continue to get better the way it has the last couple of days."
While Couch is anxious to be in the lineup against the Chiefs, he said he would not risk playing if he is not at or near 100-percent on Sunday.
"If it happened to be a leg or something like that, I might push it," said Couch. "But my right arm is so critical to my career ... I don't want to take any chances with my right elbow. That's how I make a living."
Couch said there is very little swelling in the elbow. "It is barely noticeable," he said.
He did admit, however, that he was a bit nervous about testing the elbow.
"It is in the back of my mind a little bit," said Couch. "As I go through warmups, hopefully I'll start trusting it a little bit more."
PRACTICE SQUAD COMPLETE ... The Browns filled out their practice squad by bringing back safety Michael Jameson, tight end Alvin Morrow and defensive tackle Damian Gregory.
The Browns also signed DeAngelo Lloyd, a former University of Tennessee defensive end who was cut by the Jets, and James Lewis, a former University of Miami defensive back who was a sixth-round pick of the Colts.
DAVIS NO. 3 ... When the Browns drafted Andre Davis in the second round, the assumption was that he would make his initial mark on special teams. As it turns out, Davis will play a much more important role as he enters his rookie season.
"Right now, I've moved my way up to the third receiver," said Davis. "So when we are in three-receiver sets I think I'm going to get a lot of playing time. It is a little different from what I heard when I came in here, that they were going to use me primarily on special teams. I've been working hard because I want to play receiver and special teams. Any time I can get out there and get my hands on the ball, I'm all for it."
If Lang is unable to start, Tyrone Rogers will take his place at left defensive end. Mark Campbell is expected to start at tight end, but either he, Darnell Sanders or R.J. Bowers could fill in at H-back if Shea can not go.
GET OFF THE PORCH AND HUNT ... Strongside linebacker Darren Hambrick brought a new battle cry to the Browns when he signed three weeks ago.
Hambrick yells "Get off the porch and hunt," and the rest of the team answers with a series of barks. The team seams to like the ceremony.
"I made that up in Dallas, but I never used it," Hambrick said. "Now I've got my chance to use it. It is funny how fate works out. Here I am with the Browns and the Dawg Pound, and this actually fits in really well for this team."
Hambrick said the chant will be a daily ritual before the team starts practice and before taking the field on game day.