Northcutt, Brown are out

Although the Browns' injury report lists receiver Dennis Northcutt as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he has ruled himself out.

The second-year receiver still has soreness in the shoulder he severely bruised Aug. 31 in a preseason game against Carolina. He wore a heavy protective device for Wednesday's practice, saying it felt like a bullet-proof vest.

Northcutt hopes to be ready to go a week from Sunday when the Browns host San Diego.

Defensive end Courtney Brown has been ruled out of Sunday's game. Brown is walking without a limp, but his sprained right knee isn't ready to hold up to the rigors of game day.

Doubtful for the Browns are linebacker Anthony Denman (quadriceps) and defensive tackle Marcus Spriggs (forearm). Linebacker Brant Boyer (neck) is questionable, and offensive guard Tre Johnson (finger) is probable.

Spriggs has switched to a new brace to protect his arm. He has yet to be cleared for physical contact.

The Jaguars will be without three key starters. Defensive end Tony Brackens is out with a knee injury. Strong safety Darius Donovin (hip) and running back Fred Taylor (groin) will also sit out this week's game. Probable are linebackers Hardy Nickerson (shoulder) and Joe Tuipala (shoulder), along with defensive end Paul Spicer (ankle).

Offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara gave the football he caught for a 2-yard touchdown last Sunday to his father, Dave. His father and mother, Lynn, were at Cleveland Browns Stadium to see their son catch a Tim Couch pass on a tackle-eligible play.

O'Hara received about 30 messages on his answering machine when he arrived home after the Browns' 24-14 win over Detroit.

"Some of them were like, ‘Fat guys aren't supposed to catch touchdowns. You made a great play. You caught a ball with your hands, but you're still fat,' " O'Hara said.

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