Wednesday Evening Report from Berea

Aaron Shea hits the IR, Frisman Jackson makes his debut, Fuller gets off the injured list, and a couple of new faces arrive on the practice squad. Mike McLain brings you today's first independent report from Berea!

BEREA - Aaron Shea had no reason to feel good as the Browns prepared for practice Wednesday.

Shea suffered the injury Monday after the bye week. His ankle is swollen and discolored up to the knee, and there's minor ligament damage. He was placed on the injured-reserve list Tuesday and is done for the season.

The injury occurred on the final play of the practice. It happened as he made a cut he's made numerous times.

"That's what made it the worst," Shea said. "My ankle just snapped. I had my ankles taped. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. I didn't intend to injure this ankle."

Butch Davis is limited in what he can do to field a blocking back with Shea done for the season. Steve Heiden, who started last week, has a sprained ankle and is questionable. R.J. Bowers, who played in three of the first four games before going on the practice squad, has been activated this week.

"It (Shea's injury) is unfortunate," Davis said. "As a coach, you love his attitude and his willingness to do virtually anything. It crushes me and him when you have to do it (place him on IR) two years in a row."

MAKING STRIDES: Rookie receiver Frisman Jackson, who was inactive the first six games of the season, caught his first pass of the season last Sunday against the Bengals. Jackson was used as part of a five-receiver rotation to help compensate for the injury loss of running back Jamel White. < p>

"It felt good to get that one in," Jackson said. "Now I know how to feel. I won't be nervous the next time I'm out there running routes. Hopefully that will give (Tim) Couch confidence in me that if he needs a key first down or he needs to throw the ball to somebody that he can look my way."

FEELING BETTER: Cornerback Corey Fuller isn't on the injury report for the first time since re-injuring a hamstring Oct. 20 against Houston. Fuller played on nickel downs last Sunday. He said he's getting close to being 100 percent healthy.

INJURY REPORT: Questionable for the Browns are linebacker Kevin Bentley (hand), Heiden (ankle), defensive end Kenard Lang (groin), defensive tackle Alvin McKinley (thumb) and White. White didn't practice and probably won't play. Bentley, who broke a bone in his left hand against Pittsburgh, had a splint removed and hopes to play.

Lang has no doubts that he'll play. Asked if he'd practice Wednesday, Lang shot back at the reporter, "Of course. You look shocked. Like you just saw a ghost. If I'm not playing, I'm not practicing."

Questionable for the Saints are offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley (hand); linebacker Travis Carroll (leg); safety Michael Hawthorne (knee) and running back Deuce McAllister (ankle). Listed as probable are cornerback Fred Thomas (head) and linebacker Darrin Smith (ankle).

ROSTER MOVES: Fullback Marvin Brown and linebacker Jamal White have been signed to the practice squad. White (6-foot-3, 223 pounds) was signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent after finishing his career at Alabama. The Bucs waived him Aug. 26. White (6-0, 223 pounds) played at Kentucky. Baltimore signed him as an undrafted free agent and waived him Aug. 30.


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