Latest from Berea: Injury Problems Deepen

Mike McLain brings you the latest on Robert Griffith's injury situation and the reasons behind Melvin Fowler's sudden start at center. The very latest from Berea!

BEREA - The injury situation in the Browns' secondary keeps getting worse.

The latest casualty might be the worst of all. Strong safety Robert Griffith is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a broken bone in his right shoulder near the Acromioclavicular joint.

In addition to Griffith's woes, free safety Devin Bush is listed as questionable with a groin injury, but he didn't sound optimistic about his chances of playing. Cornerback Corey Fuller missed last Sunday's game against Baltimore with a slight tear of a tendon near his right knee. Bush and Fuller both practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice.

Earl Little will start at strong safety. If Bush can't play, Lewis Sanders will start at free safety. If Fuller can't go, Anthony Henry will get the call.

"I think we'll be fine," Griffith said. "I'm just one player in a big piece of the puzzle. We have 52 other guys on the roster. I think everybody here is going to step up and make plays, and we'll win games."

Griffith first injured the shoulder tackling Tennessee running back Eddie George Sept. 22. He managed to play the entire game a week later against Pittsburgh, but the pain became too intense last Sunday.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game for me, but I just wanted to be effective," Griffith said. "I guess it was a tackle in the second quarter when my shoulder went numb. I knew I wasn't going to be effective. I needed to get someone else in there because I wasn't going to help the team."

Griffith had a MRI done on both shoulders, which didn't reveal the extent of the damage. A CAT Scan taken Monday showed the full extent of the damage. < p>

CENTER OF ATTENTION: Rookie Melvin Fowler will start ahead of Dave Wohlabaugh at center, but it might be a one-week deal.

"When we made the decision to start Melvin, I called Dave and we sat down and talked a long time about it," Butch Davis said. "He did a very credible job given the limitations he's having to play with. If his hand is out of the cast and he's healthy, he'll be the starter this week.

"It's a tough enough job to block Warren Sapp and those guys, now try it one-handed. It's not something I want to experiment with."

Davis wants to go with Fowler against Tampa Bay because Wohlabaugh's right hand isn't properly healed. He broke a bone in the hand during a practice the week after the season opener and missed three games before returning last Sunday.

Davis felt it was necessary to play Wohlabaugh last week if for no other reason than to see how he could perform with a bad right hand.

"We were never going to know how efficient he would be until we threw him into the fire," Davis said. "He had one errant snap in the shotgun. To be honest with you, he performed in the shotgun much better than I envisioned. I thought he might have five or six like that."

A FIRST: Safety Michael Jameson could log the first regular-season time of his career. Jameson sat out his rookie season of 2001 after having ankle surgery. He was on the practice squad for the first five weeks of this season.

With Griffith out and Bush questionable with a groin injury, Jameson could play.

"I wouldn't say it will feel strange because I got some preseason work," Jameson said. "It will be exciting."

INJURY UPDATE: Receiver Andre King has been added to the list as probable with a toe injury.

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