Browns suspend leading rusher Green

Updated: November 3, 2003, 7:39 PM ET

BEREA, Ohio - A week after being arrested on charges of drunken driving and marijuana possession, William Green has been suspended by the Cleveland Browns.

Green, the Browns' leading rusher with 559 yards, will miss this weekend's game at Kansas City, Browns coach Butch Davis announced after Monday's practice.

"From an organizational standpoint, as coaches and players, everybody is disappointed," Davis said. "And William certainly is disappointed in himself."

Green, 23, was arrested last Monday after police pulled him over for driving erratically in his sports utility vehicle. Police said they found a bag of marijuana weighing 3.2 grams in the SUV and Green failed a field sobriety and breath test, which showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .165 - more than twice Ohio's legal limit.

Green, who was twice suspended for marijuana use while at Boston College, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Browns are coming off a bye week, but Green missed the team's 9-3 loss at New England on October 26 due to a shoulder injury. James Jackson stepped in as the feature back and gained 71 yards on 15 carries.

Cleveland's first-round pick in 2002, Green rushed for 887 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie.

Davis also announced that Kelly Holcomb will return as the starting quarterback. Holcomb suffered a hairline fracture in his right leg in a 13-12 win at San Francisco on September 21.

Tim Couch took over as the starter the following week, but was ineffective in Cleveland's last two games - losses to San Diego and New England.

Davis also benched leading receiver Kevin Johnson, who has 40 catches for 378 yards and two touchdowns, for the game at Kansas City. Andre' Davis will start over Johnson.

The Browns (3-5) are tied with Cincinnati for second place in the AFC North, two games behind first-place Baltimore (5-3).

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