Browns Not Revealing Much About Couch's Injury

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns quarterback Tim Couch bruised his right forearm during Monday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers, an injury Cleveland coach Butch Davis was reluctant to talk about.

Couch (pictured, above) left Lambeau Field with his right arm wrapped in ice late in the first half of Cleveland's 27-20 loss.

The club initially said X-rays were negative and that Couch strained his elbow. However, following the game, Couch said he strained his forearm.

On Tuesday, Davis indicated that an MRI revealed a bruise.

Cleveland had three other starters -- offensive tackle Ryan Tucker, defensive end Kenard Lang and tight end Aaron Shea -- injured as well.

"He's got a bruise of his forearm and with him it's going to be day-to-day," Davis said. "Obviously, with all these guys we're going to err on the side of caution.

"We'll give them all the treatment we can. We may hold them out of some drills and some things for however long we have to."

Davis didn't know if Couch would play in Friday's exhibition finale against the Carolina Panthers. Couch was not available for comment.

Davis was asked how Couch, who went 14-of-18 for 112 yards and a touchdown before leaving, got hurt.

"Just throwing," Davis said. "Just in the throwing motion. I don't know if he got hit early in the ball game. I haven't seen him."

Davis said he spoke to Couch on the phone earlier in the day.

"He said he was feeling good and everything," Davis said.

Couch admitted being scared in the second quarter of Monday night's game when he felt a "pull" as he completed a short pass to wide receiver Quincy Morgan.

Following the game he vowed to be back in time for the Sept. 8 season opener against Kansas City.

"I'll be there against Kansas City with no questions," Couch said. "We're going to do a lot of rehab and get this thing right and get some rest and I'll be ready to go."

The 25-year-old has battled tendinitis in his elbow the past three years. The Browns were supremely cautious with him during training camp. They limited his throws in the morning sessions, and Couch spent more than one afternoon practice doping little more than playing short games of catch in the sideline with one of his backups.

Couch's tender elbow could also be a reason why the Browns haven't had him throwing long during the exhibition season.

The Browns have already lost Pro Bowl linebacker Jamir Miller to a season-ending injury. Miller tore his Achilles' tendon in the exhibition opener against Minnesota.

And now the thought of Couch being out for any time has Browns fans concerned. But Davis said they should relax.

"I'd sleep a little better," Davis said.

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