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Cornerbacks Daylon McCutcheon and Anthony Henry, an ex-USF standout, sat out part of practice and could miss Sunday's game against the Giants.

McCutcheon had surgery Tuesday on a middle finger broken in last week's loss at Dallas. He had three pins inserted to stabilize the break and will have to play with a large wrap on it.

Henry had a concussion and is still suffering from vertigo, coach Butch Davis said.

"Anthony feels good most of the time," Davis said. "They don't know if it is related to the concussion. It could be something viral."

Davis said it will be a game-time decision on whether the cornerbacks play. If they can't, Michael Lehan and Leigh Bodden will start.

The Browns are already depleted by injuries to other starters: Kellen Winslow Jr. (broken leg), right tackle Ryan Tucker (strained quadriceps), and defensive tackle Gerard Warren (strained chest muscle) will all miss Sunday's game. DE Courtney Brown (foot) is out for the season.

Running back Lee Suggs (neck stinger) had contact during practice for the first time and may see his first action after missing the first two games.

COLTS: Running back Edgerrin James, sidelined two days with a strained hamstring, returned to practice and could be ready to play when the Colts host the Packers on Sunday.

James, who strained his left hamstring on a late touchdown run last week against Tennessee, took part in individual and team drills before sitting out the final half-hour of Thursday's practice.

"Edgerrin actually did well, surprisingly well," coach Tony Dungy said. "Based on what I saw today, he could probably play. So if he comes back (Friday) and doesn't have any side effects and is able to do just what he did today, then I would think he'd probably play."

If he does play, however, his carries probably will be limited, Dungy said.

"We're obviously going to be smart. It's one thing to play, it's another thing to play 85 plays and not get a break," Dungy said. "Obviously, he does have an injury there, so I don't think he would play every single play. But then again, I said the same thing about Marvin (Harrison) when he came back."

Last year, at Buffalo, Harrison was returning from a hamstring injury and was expected to see limited playing time but wound up playing most of the game.

If James is able to start Sunday, he most likely will split time with backups Dominic Rhodes and James Mungro. Rhodes has seen most of the work with the first offensive unit this week. Rookie running back Ran Carthon, an ex-Gator who was re-signed to the active roster on Wednesday, is also a possibility.

"We might dress an extra back just in case, and maybe not dress one of our linebackers," Dungy said. "But my sense is if (James) plays, we'll be just like we were last week (at Tennessee)."

DOLPHINS: Miami and Pittsburgh were investigating the possibility of moving their game up one day to Saturday because of the looming Hurricane Jeanne. The Steelers will fly to South Florida today, one day ahead of their typical travel schedule. Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said no decision would be made before this morning.

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