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Browns notes: Wide receiver Greg Little demoted; Davone Bess to start in his place vs. Vikings

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 18, 2013

Browns wide receiver Greg Little has been demoted and won’t start against Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, coach Rob Chudzinski said. He will play as part of a rotation.

The decision was based primarily on performance on the field. Little has dropped two passes in each of the first two games this season. He has also gotten into trouble off the field with a series of traffic violations.

Davone Bess will start in Little’s place opposite Josh Gordon, who’s reinstated after serving a two-game suspension. Little started the first two games this season and tallied eight catches for 59 yards. He was targeted 22 times.

Bess was asked if he has given Little any advice on how to bounce back from the demotion.

“There’s a lot of people in [Little’s] ear just with a lot that’s been going on,” Bess said. “He’s his own man. We’re all here for him. He’s one of our teammates. He’s a big part of this team. We’ve just got to keep honing in on the small things, the details, and that goes across the board, not even just Greg, everybody, on and off the field.”

Little was pulled over by police at Elm Street and Riverbed Avenue in Cleveland at about 1 a.m. Monday and cited for stop sign, change of course and driving under suspension violations, Sgt, Sammy Morris, public information officer for the Cleveland Police Department, confirmed. Little’s car was towed.

Little also ticketed Aug. 19 for driving 81 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 71 in Strongsville. He was charged May 28 with parking illegally, driving a vehicle that was not registered and using dealer license plates that were not issued for the vehicle.

Little was charged with drag racing April 13 after he lost control of his Audi, crashing it into a guardrail, knocking down a light pole and leaving about 40 yards of brake tracks on the Jennings Freeway in Cleveland, according to the police report. He told police he was driving about 127 mph when he lost control in the 55 mph zone.

Injury updates

Defensive end Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and right guard Shawn Lauvao (high-ankle sprain) practiced today. Both players sat out the first two games of the season.

Rubin participated in individual drills during the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media. Lauvao did not hit the blocking sled while the other offensive linemen did.

Chudzinski ruled out starting quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and backup outside linebacker and special-teams captain Quentin Groves (sprained ankle) for Sunday.

Weeden is wearing a black brace on his throwing hand. Groves is wearing a walking boot and using crutches. Both players suffering their injuries Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

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