Holcomb Practices, McCutcheon Uncertain

Mike McLain files this report from Berea's afternoon practice - slammed onto Bernie's Insiders within minutes of practice ending. Ra! The plan comes together! Get the very latest on how Kelly Holcomb looked, Daylon's status, Davis' honors, and practice squad changes.

BEREA - The playing status of cornerback Daylon McCutcheon is up in the air.

McCutcheon is listed as questionable on the injury report with a sprained elbow. McCutcheon practiced Wednesday, and coach Butch Davis thinks it's possible that he could play Sunday against the Jets.

If that happens, the next question will be what happens to Lewis Sanders, who started at strong safety last week but moved to cornerback when Corey Fuller was hurt. It appears Sanders won't move to strong safety, where Earl Little is playing in place of the injured Robert Griffith.

"We're trying to avoid in the secondary what we've done all year with the offensive line," Davis said. "One game you're a safety; the next game you're a corner; the next day you're in the nickel. It causes a lot of confusion, and it causes a lack of repetition for the guys."

Sanders would likely be the nickel back, assuming McCutcheon plays. If McCutcheon doesn't play, Sanders would start at corner. The nickel back in that scenario could be Raymond Walls, who was activated from the practice squad Wednesday. Michael Jameson was the nickel back last Sunday.

STANDING UP: Quarterback Kelly Holcomb got through practice without a problem. He participated in seven-on-seven drills and was able to drop back without feeling any pain in his left knee.

Holcomb remained on the practice field after Wednesday's practice with Tim Couch. He appears to be moving without a limping. The next step is to see how well he can run in different directions.

THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE: Rookie receiver Andre Davis has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his play in a 34-17 win over Houston. Davis is also a finalist for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors.

Davis had a 95-yard kick return in the third quarter that helped ignite the Browns against the Texans. The return is the seventh longest in team history. The last time a Brown returned a kick for a touchdown was Randy Baldwin, who went 85 yards in 1994.

Davis had four kick returns for 168 yards last Sunday. He's seventh in the AFC in kick returns with a 25-yard average.

"I didn't come here expecting to get many awards," he said. "I just wanted to come here and help this team win."

ROSTER MOVES: Walls filled the opening created when Mark Smith was waived. Defensive end DeAngelo Lloyd was waived from the practice squad. Added to the practice squad were defensive end Tramaine Bingham and defensive back Glenn Sumter.

The Indianapolis Colts selected Walls in the fifth round of last year's draft. He began the season on the practice squad but eventually was activated. He appeared in four games, including one against the Jets.

"Defense is defense. You're going to have the same cover four and same cover two everywhere," said Walls, who was signed to the practice squad Sept. 24. "It's a matter of practicing and getting to know what to do at the same time."

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