BEREA - The wheels continue to fall off the 2002 model of the Browns, and coach Butch Davis isn't happy.
The latest bit of bad news occurred Wednesday when center Dave Wohlabaugh broke a bone in his right hand during an inside running drill. Wohlabaugh had screws inserted into the hand during surgery Thursday and is expected to be out two to four weeks.
Wohlabaugh's injury comes at a time when right tackle Ryan Tucker is suffering from a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Tucker wants to play Sunday, but he hasn't practiced this week.
"That's a part of life," Davis said of the bad run of luck. "You can never, ever think that things will always go your way. You go on the assumption that you will be flexible.
"When we decided the offensive linemen we were going to keep at the end of preseason, we looked at versatility and flexibility. We made it for these kinds of situations. You wouldn't like for it to come, but it did."
It seems that everything that could go bad has gone bad. It started when linebacker Jamir Miller tore an Achilles' tendon on the initial defensive series of the first preseason game. It got worse in the second quarter of the third exhibition game, in Green Bay, when quarterback Tim Couch suffered an elbow injury. Defensive end Kenard Lang suffered an ankle sprain, and H-back Aaron Shea injured his left shoulder during the same quarter.
"Football is a game of guys getting beat up and bruised from time to time," Davis said. "There will be a time when we might go 10 weeks and not have anything."
Davis wasn't in the best of moods after Thursday's practice. Many of his answers were short. When asked how far Zukauskas has advanced in the last year, Davis said, "I don't know. Ask me about 4:30 on Sunday."
GETTING CLOSE: Quarterback Tim Couch had a good day on the practice field, but it still seems likely that Kelly Holcomb will start.
"He did much better," Davis said. "He threw harder. He took several snaps in team drills. The acid test is that we have him scheduled to throw back-to-back days Friday. We have him on a pitch count. Six curves, three sliders, a couple of changeups and eight or 10 fastballs, and we'll see how his arm reacts."
ROSTER MOVE: The injury situation on the offensive line led to the signing of Jarvis Borum to the practice squad. Borum (6-foot-7, 324 pounds) was an undrafted rookie for Arizona last year. He spent part of the season on the practice squad and active roster of the Cardinals, who waived him Sept. 9. Borum played 10 games for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe this year.
To make room for Borum, quarterback Shane Stafford was waived. Stafford was signed to the practice squad Wednesday.
INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Ben Taylor (hamstring) and offensive tackle Ryan Tucker (knee) are questionable. Listed as probable are defensive end Courtney Brown (neck), Couch (elbow), safety Earl Little (ankle), defensive end Tyrone Rogers (neck) and H-back Aaron Shea (shoulder).
Shea says he's feeling much better this week and anticipates playing. Little is running without a limp. He deferred making a call on his availability until game day.
One change for the Bengals is that receiver Danny Farmer (knee) is out.