BEREA - Brant Boyer's value was never appreciated more than it was in the Browns' 44-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The linebacker started in place of Ben Taylor, who played sparingly because
of back spasms. Boyer took advantage of the opportunity to register a
team-leading nine tackles. He intercepted one pass and defensed a pair of
throws. In addition, he had one solo tackle and one assist on special teams.
"There's no substitute for character, integrity and work ethic," had coach
Butch Davis said. "You want to talk about the glue that holds an organization
together, you talk about guys like that. He's one of the leading special teams
players in the NFL. He's been the starting middle linebacker in our nickel
"He made plays. That's what you appreciate from guys like him. I'm very
pleased with the way Brant played."
As a team leader, Boyer felt it was important that each player knew the
importance of keeping things in perspective after the controversial decision to
cut receiver Kevin Johnson last week.
"If you're not on the boat, get off," Boyer said. "That's the whole thing
with this team. If you're not with us, you're against us. Everybody has a hard
time when things like that happen. But if you're in this league long enough,
it's going to happen to you."
TOGETHER AGAIN: The five offensive linemen that started the season opener played together for
the first time since the Oakland game Oct. 12. Injuries sidelined left tackle
Barry Stokes, left guard Shaun O'Hara and center Jeff Faine two games each.
"Not taking anything away from the guys that played in their absence, but now
that we have everybody back, there's a comfort there," right tackle Ryan Tucker
said. "There's a confidence there now that everybody is back."
GAME NOTES: Receivers Quincy Morgan and Andre Davis both exceeded 100 yards in
receptions. The last time the Browns had two receivers break the 100-yard
barrier was Jan. 2, 1982, when Ozzie Newsome had 123 yards and Ricky Feacher
Defensive end Kenard Lang wasn't able to play because of a back injury. Lang
suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Mark Word when rushing Kansas
City quarterback Trent Green the previous week.
Keith Heinrich started in place of R.J. Bowers at H-back and caught five
passes for 45 yards. Bowers suffered a high ankle sprain against Kansas City.
Kicker Phil Dawson booted a 24-yard field goal in the second period, giving
him a career percentage of 81 (81 of 100). Matt Stover is the Browns' career
leader in percentage at 81.20 (108 of 133).
In scoring 44 points, the Browns set a single-game scoring record at
Cleveland Browns Stadium. The previous mark of 43 was set by the Pittsburgh
Steelers in first regular-season game ever at the stadium in 1999. The Browns
scored more points Sunday than they did in the first three home games combined.
Cardinals linebacker Ray Thompson sprained his neck in the third quarter and
was taken off on a stretcher. He was conscious and was able to move his legs.
Inactive for the Browns were defensive back Roosevelt Williams; Bowers;
offensive linemen Chad Beasley and Enoch DeMar; receiver Frisman Jackson; Lang,
and defensive lineman Felipe Claybrooks.
Out for the Cardinals were kicker Bill Gramatica; running back Emmitt Smith;
linebacker Gerald Hayes; offensive lineman Raleigh Roudtree; receiver Jason
McAddley, and defensive linemen Derrick Ransom and Russell Davis.
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