William Green Gets Another Shot at Starting

Mike McLain reports from Berea on the events of a busy Wednesday: Green gets a chance to start, Bengals talk big while taking injury hits, Kenard talks smak, and other assorted bits of news. The second report of the day from Berea.

BEREA - William Green's absence from the lineup will change when he starts at running back in place of the injured Jamel White against the Cincinnati Bengals.

It will be the third start for Green, the first-round draft choice this year. He got the call in the first game against the Bengals and also against Houston.

White has rushed or 409 yards on 93 carries and has a team-high 46 receptions for 278 yards. Green has just 161 yards on 71 carries and one catch for 5 yards.

"I have no reservations (about starting Green)," coach Butch Davis said. "Over the last few weeks we felt more comfortable with him in the game. He's done a good job with his blitz pickups and pass protection. We'll see."

Green has refused to comment to the media for several weeks, with the exception of making a few remarks after a game against Pittsburgh 11 days ago. Davis said that Green's confidence hasn't wavered.

"I think he's fine," Davis said. "I told him to try to make the most of his opportunities."

TALKING BIG: Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, quoted on the team's official website, predicted a win over the Browns.

"It has nothing to do with Cleveland at all," Johnson said. "They just happen to be the team we're playing. We're going to win.

"I'm guaranteeing because we look good at what we're doing. I don't think there are too many teams that can stop us. There are no teams that can stop us right now when we're clicking and everything is going right. We look good."

Johnson backed coach Dick LeBeau after the latter's prediction of a win two weeks ago against Houston.

HEATING UP: Defensive lineman Kenard Lang didn't waste a chance to get a few jabs at Ohio State's football team. Lang, who played at the University of Miami, said the Hurricanes would have no problem winning in a national championship game against the Buckeyes.

"It would be over at halftime," Lang said.

Lang also had a few choice words for Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett.

"Who's that? He's a pretty good running back, but he's not a world beater," Lang said. "I'm not disrespecting him in any way, but I haven't seen anything really spectacular from him."

PERSONAL MATTERS: Offensive tackle Ross Verba was excused from practice Wednesday to attend the funeral of his grandmother. Verba is expected to be on the practice field today.

INJURY REPORT: The Bengals' defense took a big hit last Sunday when defensive tackle Oliver Gibson tore an Achilles. Glen Steele will take his place in the lineup.

Questionable for the Bengals are defensive end Vaughn Booker (knee) and safety Mark Roman (knee). Probable are center Rich Braham (ankle), safety Cory Hall (shoulder), cornerback Artrell Hawkins (head) and offensive tackle Levi Jones (toe).

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