Up in the air or expectations

Will Kelly Holcomb play on Sunday is the question that only head coach Butch Davis may have an answer to.

As rumors circulated through the local media regarding the condition of quarterback Kelly Holcomb, all indications pointed to the Browns quarterback being lost for the next month. The only certainty to this story is Holcomb was injured in the Browns 13-12 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and he played through the injury.

Monday afternoon, Holcomb and the Browns received word that he had suffered a small hairline fracture of the fibula in his right leg. Being the injury has occurred to the fibula, the possibility exists for Holcomb to return to action after a minimal layoff, maybe as a soon as Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

An area of concern that could hamper the injury is the swelling in the region, which we have been told late this afternoon is not as nearly as substantial as it was following the game. Holcomb will continue to be treated by the medical staff and the team is optimistic that he can suit up for practice on Wednesday.

Until Holcomb can get on the field, the Browns can not positively determine if the quarterback can play. According to a member of the organization we spoke with early this evening, Holcomb was still suffering some pain and swelling, which would be expected, but added that Holcomb also believes that he will be able to play on Sunday. 

According to Davis, reports indicating Holcomb would be sidelined four-to-six weeks are erroneous, but would not provide a definitive time-table as to Holcomb's return, except to state what his expectations are. That Holcomb should be on the field Wednesday to practice.

If Holcomb is unable, physically limited, or still experiencing significant pain and/or swelling on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest, he will not play Sunday, which is a distinct possibility. 

One option the team has is to bring back quarterback Josh Booty. Booty was released late last week by the Browns when it was determined that the team did not need to carry three quarterbacks on the roster. As of this evening, Booty had not been contacted by the team and he was headed to San Diego to workout for the Chargers.

All we know at this time is Holcomb isn't out of the question for the game this weekend, this isn't a case of the moon and planets aligning, it is an injury that appeared worse than the diagnosis the parties received today. If Kelly Holcomb has a say in this matter, he said he would play on Sunday.

We'll know more on Wednesday, but right now we'll keep an eye out to see if Holcomb practices.


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