CLEVELAND (AP) -- Former college teammates Lee Suggs and Kevin
Jones are showing why they should be starting running backs in the
Suggs, who shared carries with Jones in Virginia Tech's
backfield in 2002, said he wasn't looking to show up his former
"I want to outshow every back on the field -- I don't care who
it is," Suggs said.
He rushed for 63 yards on six carries, including touchdown runs
of 8 and 15 yards to the wide-open right side. Suggs is competing
for the starting job with William Green, who averaged four yards a
carry and recovered his own fumble.
Browns coach Butch Davis would not declare a winner.
"They're still in competition," he said.
Jones was one of the few bright spots for the Lions. He gained
29 yards on six carries in his first action this preseason. The
rookie, out last week because of a hamstring injury, outplayed
Artose Pinner and Shawn Bryson.
"He sees things very well ... from what I see he knows how and
when to move laterally and when to lower his head and go forward,"
quarterback Joey Harrington said.
Jeff Garcia led the much-improved Cleveland offense, which
failed to score a touchdown in its exhibition opener last week.
He used his mobility to get outside the pocket and went 5-for-7
for 55 yards. It was a big improvement over last Saturday when he
was 3-of-5 for 23 yards in a 24-3 loss to Tennessee.
"I think he fits well in the system," Lions coach Steve
Mariucci said. "They are using him in a smart way because he is
good on the move."
Garcia's 25-yard completion to Kellen Winslow Jr. on third and
13 set up Cleveland's first touchdown. The rookie tight end turned
and leaped to make the tough catch before his head was driven into
"That is one of the catches that will get him to the top,"
Lions wide receiver Roy Williams said.
The Lions sputtered on offense and couldn't stop Cleveland's
Williams again failed to make a catch. Harrington threw several
balls his way but they were either high, behind him or at his feet.
"It is OK. ... The passes are going to come," Williams said.
Winslow also came close to blocking a couple punts.
"When you're doing things like that on special teams, it really
sets your offense and defense up," Davis said.
The Browns looked inept early as Garcia fumbled the snap on the
Browns' third play from scrimmage.
The Lions quickly capitalized with a 10-yard touchdown pass from
Harrington to Rogers, who jumped for the high throw and showed
great concentration -- juggling it slightly before pulling the ball
Detroit backup kicker Chris Snyder made a 21-yard field goal
attempt to make it 14-10 with 3:25 left in the third quarter. Derek
Schorejs increased Cleveland's lead to 17-10 with a 38-yard field
goal with 4 minutes left.
The Browns sustained several injuries: defensive back Chris
Crocker left with a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet collision
with tight end Casey FitzSimmons in the third quarter, but said
after the game that he was feeling OK; defensive back Michael Lehan
(foot) and offensive lineman Joaquin Gonzalez also left in the
second half. X-rays taken on Gonzalez's injured ankle were
Detroit linebacker James Davis limped off in the second quarter
with a right ankle sprain. X-rays were negative.
"That is the most concerning for us," Mariucci said. "We are
a little thin at that position.
The Lions were without seven defensive backs, including all
four starters: Dre' Bly (hip), Fernando Bryant (hamstring), Brock
Marion (shoulder) and Brian Walker (knee). ... LBs Chaun Thompson
(wrist) and Brant Boyer (foot) and OL Melvin Fowler (ankle) were
among the notable inactive players for the Browns.