Browns scrambling for healthy QBs

Quarterback is a mess for the Cleveland Browns. Starter Tim Couch has a bruised ego after being booed by fans in Cleveland Browns Stadium last Sunday night. They cheered when he suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter. He says he is fine physically.

"Now I know what to expect every time we walk into that stadium," Couch said. "At this point I feel more comfortable on the road. At least when you're on the road, you know what kind of environment you're walking into."

Couch isn't the only problem. Kelly Holcomb sustained a hairline fracture of his left tibia and a sprained knee in the fourth quarter while subbing for Couch. He finished the game. The injuries are not serious, but they are expected to keep him sidelined for two weeks.

The Browns are mum on whether they will add a quarterback before playing the Buccaneers Sunday in Tampa. Coach Butch Davis said he wouldn't know until Wednesday whether doctors would clear Couch to practice.

Elvis Grbac, who retired last winter, lives in the Cleveland suburb of Aurora. He has said through his agent, Jim Steiner, that he would play for the Browns -- and only the Browns -- on an emergency basis, but as of noon Tuesday the Browns had not contacted him, Steiner said.

Josh Booty, in his second year with the Browns, has been the third quarterback since 2001.


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