Browns extend helping hand

The Browns took a giant charitable step Thursday in announcing that the organization has created the "Cleveland Browns Hero Fund" to help people who suffered personal losses in the tragic events last week.

One family representing both the New York City Fire and Police Departments will be selected. The only stipulation is that each family must include one minor child.

Members of the Browns organization will donate money each year. Browns Owner Al Lerner will match those contributions. The family will receive financial aid until the youngest child reaches age 18.

"I don't think if you do well in this country that you deserve a whole lot of accolades for sharing the benefits for what you've done," Lerner said. "I'm not looking for any applause. I'd rather this not be a big topic of discussion. To the extent that it can motivate other people, then it's worth talking about."

Lew Merletti, director of security for the Browns, announced tighter security measures for Sunday's game against Detroit. Fans shouldn't bring large bags or purses, backpacks, fanny packs or large cameras. Binoculars, small cameras and diaper bags are allowed.

Cornerback Lamar Chapman suffered ligament damage in a knee on Wednesday and has been placed on reserve-injured. His place was taken by defensive back Ray Jackson, who was waived on the final cut.

Chapman had been returning punts in the absence of Dennis Northcutt. With Northcutt expected to miss Sunday's game with a bruised shoulder, the punt-return chores fall to Kevin Johnson.

Defensive back Deke Cooper was signed to the practice squad. He replaces linebacker Anthony Denman, was put on the active roster on Wednesday.

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