BEREA - Running back William Green spoke at length for the first time since training camp.
Green said he's come to realize that it's not as easy in the NFL as it was in college.
"I just didn't know what to expect," Green said. "There's no substitute for experience. I realized that I have to work a lot harder off the field. It's not just about getting out there and running. It's about studying.
"You do that (study) in college, but not to the extent you do it here. Here everybody is so good that you have to be on top of everything."
After Jamel White separated his right shoulder, Green rushed for 96 yards on 25 carries against Cincinnati. He added 114 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries against New Orleans and now has 371 yards on 124 carries.
"I'm happy that I can go out there and do my part," Green said. "Unfortunately, Jamel went down. When he did, I was prepared to step in."
Confidence and a familiarity with his responsibilities have been keys to Green's development. He's reacting naturally instead of mechanically.
"I think it (my confidence) has grown from the simple fact I can understand a little more of what's going on out there. Go out there and just play instead of thinking it."
The question that arises now is what happens when White returns. He's listed as questionable, but he expects to play on kick coverage Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
"It's not like I'm upset with the things that are happening to me," White said. "I always expect the worst and hope for the best. He (Green) is doing a great job of finding holes and making plays. "When people asked me about William before, I always said that it takes time."
ORANGE CRUSH: For the second time this season the Browns will wear their orange, throwback jerseys. Teams are supposed to wear throwbacks only once during the season, but team president Carmen Policy successfully petitioned the NFL to wear orange.
The Browns wore orange in their 34-17 win over Houston. They want to wear orange with the "AL" patch on it in memory of late owner Al Lerner.
Questionable for the Panthers are linebacker Dan Morgan (shoulder) and linebacker Hannibal Navies (ankle). Listed as probable are linebacker Brian Allen (knee); running back Dee Brown (shoulder); receiver Isaac Byrd (groin); guard Kevin Donnalley (knee); defensive tackle Kris Jenkins and quarterback Rodney Peete (finger).
Ward (6-foot-4, 321 pounds) was picked by Jacksonville in the sixth round of the 2001 draft. The Jaguars signed him to their practice squad, but San Francisco signed him to their active roster Dec. 26. The 49ers waived him Aug. 28.