Thursday, September 18, 2003

After 0-2 start, Holcomb spots problem: Himself

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The Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio - This hasn't been the start Kelly Holcomb always dreamed of.

Life as an NFL starter hasn't begun as he had hoped, and Wednesday the Cleveland Browns quarterback stood at his locker and pointed a finger at the problem.

"The bottom line is that I've stunk," Holcomb said.

It's hard to argue with the career backup, picked over Tim Couch to be Cleveland's starter.

He has one touchdown pass and four interceptions in eight quarters. His QB rating of 49.4 is the worst among AFC starters.

There's another bottom line: He's 0-2 as a starter.

"I've messed up," Holcomb said. "It's all on me."

FALCONS: Michael Vick said Wednesday he believes the earliest he could return from a fractured leg is Oct. 13 at St. Louis. He hopes the latest date would be Oct. 19.

"Yeah, the bone's healing, but there's still pain in my foot," Vick said Wednesday.

CHIEFS: Priest Holmes was held out of practice Wednesday, sore with what coach Dick Vermeil called "running back's body." Vermeil said Holmes would be "questionable to probable" for Sunday's game at Houston.

BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay quarterback Brad Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday because of a strained left groin, but he is listed as probable Sunday vs. Atlanta.

BRONCOS: Quarterback Jake Plummer tested his sore right shoulder with some short throws Wednesday, then said he expects to be ready for Monday night's game against Oakland.

• Denver signed quarterback Danny Kanell on Wednesday.

PACKERS: Donald Driver returned to practice Wednesday, 10 days after his frightening face-first fall left the Green Bay Packers and their top wideout wondering if he would walk, much less play, again.

TITANS: QB Steve McNair tried to throw Wednesday, but pain from a dislocated finger on his throwing hand made him stop.

PANTHERS: Jarrod Cooper acknowledged Wednesday he needs help following his second drunken driving arrest. The defensive back was arrested early Tuesday.

SUPER BOWL: The 2007 game was awarded to Miami on Wednesday by NFL owners.

PATRIOTS: Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin will miss at least one game with a hip injury sustained Sunday.

BEARS: Chicago rookie safety Cameron Worrell will miss three to four weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

COLTS: Defensive end Dwight Freeney is likely to miss Sunday's game against Jacksonville because of a sprained left ankle.

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