Cleveland Browns running back Lee Suggs did not practice yesterday, leaving him doubtful for tomorrow's opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Suggs, bothered by a neck stinger for more than a week, didn't even bring a helmet with him onto the practice field for yesterday's workout.

Coach Butch Davis said Suggs, who played at Virginia Tech, had improved and isn't ruling him out of the opener.

"We've still got 48 hours and I haven't spoken to the doctors yet," Davis said.

Davis's policy in the past has been not to play anyone who has not practiced Thursday and Friday leading up to a game.

If Suggs can't play, William Green will get the bulk of the carries for Cleveland. Green had 17 carries for 54 yards in his one game against Baltimore a year ago.

* COLTS: Safety Mike Doss is expected to miss at least three weeks with a pulled hamstring.

Doss pulled up lame during a punt return early in Thursday night's 27-24 season-opening loss at New England. He was taken from the sideline to the locker room on a golf cart.

Coach Tony Dungy confirmed yesterday that Doss could miss several weeks.

"It looks like it will be a while, probably at least three weeks," Dungy said. "We've got some guys on the roster who can play and will play."

Backup Anthony Floyd replaced Doss for most of Thursday's game, but the Colts are thin in the secondary where injuries have hit hard. Without Doss, the Colts have just three other safeties on the active roster -- Floyd, Idrees Bashir and Cory Bird, who was inactive Thursday after suffering a concussion in the final preseason game.

Indianapolis's top draft choice, second-round pick Bob Sanders, is a safety but has not yet practiced and is unlikely to be ready before the Tennessee game Sept. 19.

* TEXANS: Starting fullback Moran Norris aggravated a shoulder injury and was listed as questionable for the season opener against the San Diego Chargers.

Norris hurt his left shoulder in practice Thursday, and coaches believe he's 50-50 for tomorrow's opener. If Norris can't play, backup Jarrod Baxter will start. Baxter missed all of last season because of a foot injury.

* CHARGERS: Wide receiver Tim Dwight, who missed his third straight practice yesterday, is expected to miss tomorrow's opener at Houston because of a hamstring injury. Dwight missed seven games last season, six due to a partially collapsed lung and one with a knee injury. He also missed six games in 2001 with a collapsed lung.