Davis mum on Browns' starting QB

Updated: October 22, 2003, 5:33 PM ET

BEREA, Ohio -- Browns coach Butch Davis isn't saying if he's going to start the quarterback with the broken leg or the one with the battered confidence.

Davis wouldn't announce Wednesday whether Kelly Holcomb or Tim Couch will be the starter Sunday at New England.

"We'll have an update probably some time, 12 o'clock on Sunday," Davis said. "Stay tuned."

And so, Cleveland's never-ending soap opera at quarterback continues.

On Monday, Davis said he would make his decision by midweek. He had wanted to first check on the health of Holcomb, who made his first appearance in a game last week since breaking his right leg on Sept. 21 at San Francisco.

Holcomb came off the bench to relieve Couch late in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to San Diego.

Holcomb said he has improved but isn't 100 percent. He also revealed that he has torn ligaments in his right ankle -- an injury that until now went unreported by the team.

Holcomb talked to the media before practice, perhaps a sign that he'll make his first start in five weeks.

"My leg feels 100 percent better than it did last week," said Holcomb, who seemed to have an extra bounce in his step during the portion of practice open to reporters. "There's still a little bit of soreness in there, but it's getting better."

Although Holcomb wasn't completely healed last week, that didn't stop Davis from bringing him in after Couch threw the second of two costly interceptions.

Holcomb threw a pair of TD passes in the fourth quarter to get Cleveland within three points before San Diego kicked a late field goal for a 26-20 win.

On Monday, Davis acknowledged that he had put Holcomb at risk by putting him in before he was completely recovered.

Holcomb didn't complain and never questioned whether he was jeopardizing his season by getting hurt worse.

"You don't think about that," he said. "You take a risk every time you step on the field. You never know what's going to happen. They told me to go in, so I did."

Holcomb said he's ready if the Browns need him again.

"I think I can run the offense," he said. "I don't think I can run well. Another week would help, but I'm ready. If I'm called upon, then you gotta go in there and you gotta play."

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