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Green-Cloud duel heads up reunion

FOXBOROUGH -- Break out the fruit punch (but no spiking). There's a Boston College reunion scheduled for Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Between them, the Browns and Patriots have six former Eagles on their rosters: Mike Cloud, Dan Koppen, and Damien Woody for New England, and defensive end Antonio Garay, running back William Green, and offensive lineman Paul Zukauskas for Cleveland.

Green is the guest of honor. He'll get plenty of attention from the Patriots' defense.

"It's a good feeling for me. A nice homecoming," said Green, Cleveland's top draft choice last year who has rushed for 559 yards this season after gaining 887 as a rookie. "I've still got some friends up there that I'm sure would like to see me come up there and play good. For the most part, I'm trying to stay focused on the game. This is a game that we definitely need to win, and I'm really just trying to look at it like that."

Cloud (3,597 yards) is BC's all-time leading rusher, and Green (2,974) is third. "I saw [Cloud] a couple of weeks ago [against the Titans], he had a pretty good game," Green said. "So, it'll be good. My focus right now is just to get healthy. I've got a little bit of a shoulder problem over here, but hopefully I can get out there and play on Sunday.

"It's good to know that we did have a pretty good team, and you look around and we got guys in the pros that are making a difference."

Walking wounded

The Patriots released their injury report yesterday. Eleven players are questionable. Joe Andruzzi and Roman Phifer landed on the injury report with shoulder and ankle injuries, respectively. Linebacker Matt Chatham, who missed a few plays in Sunday's game at Miami, is questionable with a thigh injury. The others are Deion Branch (ankle), Je'Rod Cherry (knee), Daniel Graham (shoulder), Ty Law (ankle/ribs), Willie McGinest (neck), David Patten (knee), Antowain Smith (shoulder), and Mike Vrabel (arm). Law has his lower right leg in a cast. Ted Washington (leg) and Ted Johnson (foot) are out. Andruzzi, Cherry, Law, McGinest, Patten, and Phifer did not practice.

Curiously, Tom Brady keeps appearing on the injury list as probable (arm). "I don't even pay attention to those things," Brady said. "Count on me being out there on Sunday. The only one that's important is `out' or `doubtful.' "

For Cleveland, center Jeff Faine (knee), guard Shaun O'Hara (knee), and tackle Barry Stokes (ankle) are questionable. Right tackle Ryan Tucker (chest) and defensive tackle Gerard Warren (thumb), along with Green, are probable. Surprisingly, neither Tim Couch, who underwent X-rays (negative) on his sprained left ankle, nor Kelly Holcomb, who said he's experiencing bleeding in his broken right fibula, are listed on the injury report. Asked who will start Sunday, coach Butch Davis said, "We won't know until probably game time."

Honorable mentions

Richard Seymour was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his block of Olindo Mare's attempt at a 35-yard, go-ahead field goal with two minutes left in Sunday's win at Miami. Brady has been nominated for Player of the Week . . . Troy Brown's game-winning, 82-yard touchdown pass earned a nomination for NFL Play of the Week. Brown (6 catches, 131 yards) also was nominated for AFC Offensive Player of the Week and Rodney Harrison (12 tackles, fumble recovery) for AFC Defensive Player of the Week . . . The Patriots signed former Steelers linebacker Justin Kurpeikis to the practice squad.

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