Evening Update from Berea

Mike McLain gives us the latest about the Browns injured players and the readiness of Tony Gonzalez for Sunday. Also, more information about the Browns' practice squad players and some comments from the results-oriented Darren Hambrick.

BEREA - Tim Couch's injury status isn't the only concern that is keeping coach Butch Davis busy this week.

H-back Aaron Shea and defensive end Kenard Lang practiced Wednesday, but don't count on them playing Sunday against Kansas City. Both are listed as probable.

"Shea isn't in a position at this time to have contact, and Kenard is in the same situation," Davis said.

Shea bruised his right shoulder against Green Bay. Lang went down in the same game with a high ankle sprain.

Lang has contended from the moment he was injured that he would answer the call against the Chiefs. He wanted to play last Friday against Carolina but was held out.

Shea said that he didn't separate the shoulder. Like Lang, he didn't play against Carolina.

The fact both were on the field Wednesday is a bit of positive news. Neither participated in Monday's workout.

GETTING THERE: Speaking of injuries, Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez hopes to log playing time. Gonzalez missed all of training camp and the Chiefs' four preseason games because of a contract holdout.

Gonzalez came to terms with the team last weekend, signing a one-year deal worth slightly more than $3 million.

Gonzalez kept himself in good shape working out on his own with retired quarterback Warren Moon.

"I'm feeling really good," Gonzalez said. "I've prepared myself all summer, especially the last month, to put myself in the best environment to simulate training camp. Warren would go out there with me and throw the ball with the script the Chiefs were going through on the field."

The biggest obstacle for Gonzalez will be endurance. No amount of conditioning away from the football field can prepare a player for what takes place on Sunday afternoons.

"The stuff we did on Monday, I did go 25 plays in a row," Gonzalez said. "My cardiovascular is there. I have to get hit. Once we put on pads, I'll find out truly what I can do this weekend."

NEEDING HELP: The news isn't as good for safety Earl Little and linebacker Ben Taylor. Little is limping on a sprained ankle. Taylor isn't much better with a hamstring injury. Both are doubtful.

Out for the Chiefs is defensive tackle Eric Downing (abdomen). Questionable is linebacker Larry Atkins (calf). Probable are Monty Beisel (ankle), cornerback Ray Crockett (neck) and linebacker Mike Maslowski (ankle).

NO PROBLEM: Outside linebacker Darren Hambrick doesn't care what happened here last season. The fact he's replacing Jamir Miller, who had 13 sacks, doesn't mean a thing to him.

"I'm not a football fan," Hambrick said. "I don't care about statistics. I didn't know how many sacks Jamir had or that he went to the Pro Bowl until I came here (in early August). I'm not the same type of player that Jamir is. I'm a fast guy who can go from sideline to sideline and make a lot of tackles. Jamir is a pass-rush guy."

PRACTICE SQUAD: The five-man practice squad was announced Wednesday. Three players with the Browns in training camp are among the five - safety Michael Jameson, tight end Alvin Morrow and defensive tackle Damian Gregory. The remaining two are defensive back James Lewis and defensive end D'Angelo Lloyd.

Lewis played on Miami's national championship team last year. He was selected in the sixth round of this year's draft by Indianapolis. Lloyd, who played for Tennessee in college, was signed by Green Bay last year. The Packers waived him, and he was then signed by the New York Jets. Lloyd played in NFL Europe last spring.

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