Green likely to pick up carries

Updated: September 8, 2004, 7:00 PM ET
Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns running back Lee Suggs did not practice again Wednesday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Suggs sustained a neck stinger during practice last week and was kept out of Cleveland's exhibition finale against Chicago. He hasn't practiced this week, and indications are he'll miss the opener.

Browns coach Butch Davis said Suggs has full range of motion and is not in pain. However, following Wednesday's practice, Davis said the team is not counting on Suggs being available.

"We have prepare as if he's not going to play," Davis said.

On the NFL's injury reports, "doubtful" means there is a 75 percent chance of not playing.

Suggs said if was up to him he'd play. But team doctors will have the final decision on allowing the second-year back to suit up against one of the NFL's best defenses.

"There's no need to sit out if I don't need to," Suggs said.

After missing much of last season with a shoulder injury, Suggs played in the final seven games. In the finale, he rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns against Cincinnati.

This summer, Suggs led the Browns in rushing during the exhibition season while outplaying William Green, who will get the bulk of the carries if Suggs can't play.


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