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Updated: October 27, 2003, 4:28 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
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Cleveland Browns: The Browns started out the season with two healthy quarterbacks, but now they don't have one. Tim Couch sprained his thumb and was knocked out of the game. He had X-rays during the second quarter, which were negative. "It's pretty sore," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But thankfully I have the bye week to let it heal." Kelly Holcomb came in to replace Couch, but he's still recovering from a broken right fibula and torn ligaments in his right ankle. "It's still pretty sore, but it's going to get better," said Holcomb. It's expected that after the bye week coach Butch Davis will name Holcomb the starter, but he wouldn't say for sure Sunday. "We'll have to see if he's 100 percent," Davis told the Plain Dealer. Now the same could be said for Couch.

Philadelphia Eagles: For the second time in three weeks, RB Brian Westbrook was sidelined in the second half by an injury. Westbrook was forced to leave Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets early in the third quarter with a high left ankle sprain. "I don't know how bad it is, but I never like hearing those," coach Andy Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer. It's uncertain how long Westbrook will be out of the lineup, but the Eagles have already had bad luck with that type of injury. Rookie DE Jerome McDougle sustained a high ankle sprain in the Eagles' final preseason game against the Jets on Aug. 28, and he still has not played in a game this season. Luckily, Philly is deeper at running back than at any other position on the squad. In Westbrook's absence, Correll Buckhalter and Duce Staley combined for 147 yards on 24 carries.

Atlanta Falcons: When the team comes back from their bye week it might have a new defensive scheme. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would prefer to use the 3-4, but his defense has been beset by a combination of injuries and poor play. "We tried, with the package we're running, to make plays from that, and we're not making enough plays," Phillips told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "So we have to make some changes." The move is in part spurred by the fact that LB Keith Brooking, the team's leading tackler, will miss at least one game because of a back injury.

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