BEREA - Courtney Brown will probably miss Sunday's game in Jacksonville with a sore left knee.
Brown injured the knee when he fell on it in the Louisiana Superdome. He suffered soreness last week. When the soreness continued during Wednesday's practice, he was pulled from the session.
A MRI was performed Wednesday. There is no ligament damage but coach Butch Davis said that Brown has minor cartilage damage.
"It's hard to imagine Courtney Brown being PO'd, but I'd say that PO'd is a good word," Davis said. "He's disappointed. He doesn't want to miss anything. We'll just see how quick of a healer he is and how quickly he responds to therapy and treatment."
Things haven't gone as planned for Brown since he was selected with the first pick in the 2000 draft. He's been criticized for not getting to the quarterback enough (he has 11 career sacks), and physical problems are starting to give him the label as an injury-prone player. He missed 13 of the last 29 games due to injuries.
Davis doesn't think that Brown will miss the remainder of the season. Missing any game at this time of the season, however, is a stroke of bad luck for Brown.
"He has not had a lot of luck," Davis said. "Nobody deserves good luck more than he has. His practice habits are unbelievable. He wants to practice and play well. He's such a hard worker. You just wish that he could catch a stretch like in his first year here when he was virtually indestructible and never missed anything."
With Brown probably out, a rotational system involving Mark Word, Tyrone Rogers and Cedric Scott will be deployed. Word leads the defense in sacks with seven. Rogers has been a backup since 1999, and Scott, a fourth-round draft choice of the New York Giants in 2001, appeared in nine games last season.
"I went back in that Cincinnati game and made a 40-yarder that I had no sense in making," Dawson said. "It's a long season. You can't make them all."
Playing conditions in Browns Stadium at this time of the season can be difficult, at best. Dawson considered the windy conditions for last Sunday's game against Carolina the worst he's had to deal with during his four seasons in Cleveland.
"Going into the locker room at halftime, I thought I had a pretty good read," Dawson said. "We come back out after halftime, and it's totally changed. I get six (warm-up) kicks and make one, with no snap or hold.
NOT PRETTY: Quincy Morgan isn't certain why he was held without a reception against Carolina, but he plans to change that against Jacksonville.
"That happens sometimes, but it won't happen again," Morgan said. "It could have been a number of things. It was cold out there. You have people in your face and we're trying to get the ball out there quick."
TOUGH MONTH: The Browns have had a rough go of it in December, posting a combined 2-16 record since returning to the NFL in 1999. The last time the Browns had a winning record in December was in 1988 when they went 4-2.