Dwayne Rudd. While radio talk shows called for Rudd's head on a platter, Davis offered a voice of calm reassuring reporters that Rudd would not be cut. Also, more on Green's standing and the breakdown of the run defense."> Dwayne Rudd. While radio talk shows called for Rudd's head on a platter, Davis offered a voice of calm reassuring reporters that Rudd would not be cut. Also, more on Green's standing and the breakdown of the run defense.">

Davis Goes to Rudd's Defense

Mike McLain reports from Berea on the lastest from the post-meltdown soap opera involving <A HREF="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=149&p=8&c=1&nid=293331&yr=2002">Dwayne Rudd</A>. While radio talk shows called for Rudd's head on a platter, Davis offered a voice of calm reassuring reporters that Rudd would not be cut. Also, more on Green's standing and the breakdown of the run defense.

BEREA - Browns coach Butch Davis did his best Monday to defend the actions of linebacker Dwayne Rudd.

"He's not going to be cut. Guys makes mistakes, and he made one," Davis said. "People have to understand that this isn't the easiest game in the world to play. Guys get clipped. Guys get their eyes gouged out. Guys get hit in the back of the head. Emotions run high.

"I don't know what specifically what went through Dwayne's mind. I'm going to assume that Dwayne felt like possibly he (Kansas City quarterback Trent Green) was down and the game was over. Had that been the case, then what he did after the game wouldn't have mattered. But the game wasn't over, and subsequently we got penalized."

Davis talked with Rudd about what happened, and it's safe to say that Rudd won't be throwing his helmet in any act of celebration in the future.

"My message to Dwayne was to make sure that he does what he's supposed to do," Davis said. "He has to make sure he maintains composure. There is absolutely no bigger way that you could so-call taunt an opponent than to win the game and have them look at the scoreboard and have them go home with a defeat. I can't think of anything that's more heartbreaking than to win the game and then give it back to them."

Rudd made a quick appearance in the locker room after Monday's practice but slipped out before reporters could ask him a question.

SECOND LOOK: Davis thought that the play in which Rudd threw his helmet should have been reviewed to see if Green's knee hit the ground. All reviews with less than two minutes to play have to be requested by the league observer in the press box.

"In light of the uniqueness of the play you thought that maybe they would have looked at it and determined, yes he was (on the ground) or yes he wasn't," Davis said.

WHAT'S UP?: William Green doesn't seem to be pleasing Davis. Asked if Green will start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals if he's healthy, Davis said, "We'll see."

Green described his back injury as a muscle spasm that occurred while he was stretching. He admittedly wasn't 100 percent against the Chiefs, which led to a start for Jamel White.

Green said he'll be in better physical shape when the Bengals arrive at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

"I feel like I'm pretty close to 100 percent now," Green said. "After a full week of practice, I'll be ready to go."

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: Davis blamed the poor play of the defensive line on lack of communication. The Chiefs rushed for 194 yards, with Priest Holmes getting 22 carries for 122 yards and four touchdowns.

"We didn't play well defensively," Davis said. "We didn't do a very good job of handling all the checks that needed to be handled. We knew they would use a lot of shifts and a lot of misplaced personnel.

"You don't know what those scenarios are going to be before the game. You make up fictitious ones. During the course of the week without the pressure of the game, you handle them pretty well. All of a sudden, they're doing what they're comfortable doing, and you have to be on top of exactly what check it is. We didn't handle that very well."

INJURY REPORT: Offensive tackle Ryan Tucker has been listed as day-to-day. Tucker sprained a knee in the first half and was replaced by Roger Chanoine


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