Browns' Suggs misses practice

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns running back Lee Suggs did not practice Monday, raising doubts about his availability for the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Suggs, who sat out Saturday's preseason finale against the Chicago Bears with a neck "stinger", had little to say in the locker room following practice. "It feels good," Suggs whispered. Asked if he would play in Sunday's opener, Suggs said, "It's not up to me." Suggs only nodded to a few more questions before being whisked away by a team spokesman, who hovered near the second-year back's locker during the brief interview session. Coach Butch Davis steered clear of talking about Suggs, who rushed for a team-high 118 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns during the exhibition season. "He's day to day," Davis said. Based on his play during training camp and in three preseason games, Suggs appeared to win the competition with William Green to be the Browns' No. l back. Davis, who kept four running backs on his 53-man roster, has said he'll use some two-back sets this season. Meanwhile, third-stringer James Jackson, who last week said he wanted out of Cleveland, has changed his tone. "I'm happy," Jackson said. "I'm straight." Jackson said he and Davis spoke Monday to clear up any misunderstandings. "I'm doing what's best for my teammates," said Jackson, who led the Browns in rushing as a rookie in 2001. "Those guys have been behind me." Jackson said he expects to spend the rest of the season with the Browns, who entertained some trade offers for the 28-year-old, but weren't willing to give him up for a late-round pick. Jackson was asked if his still being here had anything to do with Suggs' injury. "I don't think so," he said.

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