Browns Take No Chances With Green

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Rookie running back William Green was kept out of practice on Monday by the Cleveland Browns, who don't want to take any chances with their first-round draft pick.

Green hurt his right shoulder during practice against the Buffalo Bills on Friday in Rochester, N.Y., and although X-rays were negative, the Browns sat him for Saturday's scrimmage as a precaution.

He didn't participate in any contact drills on Monday, either, as the Browns prepare for their exhibition opener on Saturday at Minnesota.

Green, the No. 17 overall pick, has gotten off to a slow start with the Browns.

The former Boston College star reported to camp five days late because of a contract holdout, and looked very rusty during the team's first intrasquad scrimmage.

The Browns, who have been short on fullbacks at training camp, signed two by agreeing on one-year contracts with free agents Chris Floyd and Kevin Mcleod.

The club placed cornerback Lamar Chapman and tight end Rod Monroe on the reserve injured list.

Monroe broke his leg in a pileup during last weekend's scrimmage with Buffalo.

Monroe played in seven games last season with the Browns. He was released by the club during training camp last summer, but re-signed when Ricky Dudley suffered a season-ending injury.

Chapman played in only one game last season because of a knee injury and hasn't been able to practice this summer. He was also arrested on drugs charges and fined one game's salary by coach Butch Davis.

Chapman was drafted by the Browns in 2000.

The Browns have been shorthanded at H-back since the second day of camp when J.J. Johnson sustained a neck injury. Aaron Shea was the only healthy H-back/tight end left on the roster.

Floyd played in two games for the Browns on special teams in 2000.

Mcleod was with Tampa Bay in 1999, but has been out of football since being cut by Atlanta after training camp last year.

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