Notebook: No. 2 back to No. 1; Browns’ Couch to start Sunday |

Notebook: No. 2 back to No. 1; Browns’ Couch to start Sunday

The Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio — Tim Couch has been handed back his starting job — at least for one week.

Couch, demoted to a backup role after four seasons as Cleveland’s No. 1 quarterback, will start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, replacing the injured Kelly Holcomb.

“It’s exciting,” Couch said after practice Thursday. “I’m looking forward to a chance to get back out there and play again. Hopefully, everything goes well and we get a victory.”

Holcomb broke his right fibula during the first quarter of Sunday’s win at San Francisco. He also sprained his left ankle in the third quarter but refused to come out and rallied the Browns to a 13-12 win, throwing two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

On Wednesday, Davis said he would wait until after pregame warmups Sunday before deciding who would start at QB. However, Holcomb’s injuries haven’t responded as quickly as expected to round-the-clock treatments, prompting Davis to make the switch.

“There’s too much uncertainty,” Davis said.


Wide receiver David Boston was suspended without pay for one game by the San Diego Chargers yesterday for behavior coach Marty Schottenheimer called unacceptable.

Schottenheimer was going to tell Boston of his suspension at a meeting yesterday morning, but the player didn’t show up. The suspension, which will cost Boston $32,353, came three days before the winless Chargers play at Oakland.


The Buffalo Bills remain hopeful that running back Travis Henry will be ready to play Sunday, even though he missed his second straight day of practice yesterday.

Henry was still listed as questionable with torn rib cartilage. Coach Gregg Williams said the team made a decision to hold Henry out for one more day, and is targeting today’s practice to see whether he can play in Sunday’s game against visiting Philadelphia.


Mark Brunell missed his second consecutive day of practice yesterday, making it more likely rookie Byron Leftwich will get his first NFL start Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Houston.

While Brunell watched, Leftwich took the majority of snaps in practice, with David Garrard taking the rest.

Brunell fell on the tip of his elbow in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss at Indianapolis, with the bone breaking through the skin. He required five stitches after the game and has not practiced since.


The New York Jets received a scare during practice yesterday when starting center Kevin Mawae went down with what initially appeared to be a serious knee injury.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection is the key to the Jets’ offensive line. His body was bent back in a pile during a running play and he let out a violent scream. He was helped to his feet by team trainers and was quickly brought to a doctor’s office for an MRI.


Kansas City Chiefs running back Priest Holmes was held out of practice yesterday with a sore hip muscle.

Holmes underwent arthroscopic hip surgery in March, but general manager Carl Peterson said on his radio show last night that Holmes would not miss Sunday’s game at Baltimore.

“Last week, he didn’t practice on Wednesday, and how did he do against Houston?” Peterson said. “He’s a pro. He knows what he has to do to get ready. This is not a major concern in any fashion.”

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