Green might still have to carry the load

Updated: September 17, 2004, 10:05 PM ET
Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns running back Lee Suggs practiced Friday but is still questionable for their game at Dallas this weekend.

Suggs missed the opener against Baltimore with a neck stinger. He practiced three times this week but none involved high-contact drills, coach Butch Davis said.

"He does more every day," Davis said. "The trainers have asked him to do a little more. It still remains a medical decision."

If Suggs can't play Sunday, William Green will get the bulk of carries with James Jackson and Dee Brown as backups. Green rushed for 65 yards on 22 carries in the Browns' 20-3 victory against the Ravens last week.

Suggs rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland's season finale in 2003 and appeared to win the starting job over Green before getting hurt two days before the Browns' last exhibition game.

"I've been rarin' to go the last two weeks," he said. "I feel good, I feel like I can play."

Defensive tackle Gerard Warren, who injured a pectoral muscle against the Ravens, practiced Friday. Earlier this week, Davis said he expected Warren to play Sunday.

Defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban is also questionable with a groin injury. Ekuban played five seasons for the Cowboys before signing as a free agent with Cleveland in March.

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