The Question Remains Unanswered
JJ Johnson runs for the Dolphins in 1999

Posted Aug 15, 2002

Mike McLain offers us the latest from Berea about the Browns troubled fullback situation, namely the resolution to the JJ Johnson saga. Where do the Browns go from here?


BEREA - J.J. Johnson never had a chance to prove his worth as a blocking fullback.

Johnson has five days to accept an injury settlement offered by the team. If he doesn't agree to the settlement, he will be placed on the reserve-injured list and will be lost for the season.

Johnson suffered nerve damage in his neck early in training camp. After he went down, the team moved quickly to sign free agents Chris Floyd and Kevin McLeod.

"It was worth an opportunity to bring the guy in," coach Butch Davis said. "We knew he had some running skills and pass-catching abilities and blitz-pickup abilities. You never knew how it was going to unfold. It was intriguing in the first two or three days of training camp."

The Browns recently lost the services of Ben Miller, who had been working at H/back. Miller is fulfilling a commitment with the Air Force.

Floyd and McLeod will receive quite a bit of practice and playing time in the next few weeks. Floyd was with the Browns in camp last year but was tested at running back and subsequently cut.

"It's conceivable that one could make it. It's conceivable two could make it. It's conceivable that none will make it," Davis said. "I'm very pleased with both of them. Two weeks ago if you would have asked me, probably the racing form would have said neither of these guys could catch a lick. Both have been able to catch the ball."

WHAT'S THAT?: There was an Earl Holmes sighting on Thursday. The injured linebacker participated in individual work and some team drills with the second team.

"That was good news," Davis said. "He's not going to play this weekend, but it's good to get him into practice this week. We hope that he'll return to fulltime duty on Sunday."

GOOD WORK: Quincy Morgan had a decent day on the practice field. On one pass from Tim Couch, Morgan reached behind him and pulled the ball away from a defender before falling to the ground.

One of the best plays of the day came on a pass from Josh Booty to Mark Campbell. The tight end pulled in the ball across the middle and almost scored.

NOT SURE: Davis wouldn't reveal if William Green will get the start against Detroit. The guess is that if he doesn't start, he will see significant time with the first team.

Green looks more sure of himself on the practice field. He's making quick decisions and hitting holes quickly.

WATCH OUT!: Kenard Lang was hit by friendly fire when he reached up in an attempt to intercept a tipped pass. As he did, Courtney Brown, also going for the ball, leveled Lang.

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