Faine Lost for the Season

Remember the movie <I>Trading Places</I>, where two old coots placed a $1 bet, and then set about tormenting Dan Ackroyd, while putting Eddie Murphy in the penthouse? Somewhere, some old coot has a dollar on what will happen if the Browns are tormented and the Bengals win the AFC North. I'm gonna find that guy and have a talk with him, because I'm starting to lose my sense of humor about all this. Here's Mike with the latest set of roster moves from Berea. There are a lot of them... - AB

BEREA - Jeff Faine has been placed on reserve-injured and will be lost for the remainder of the season.

The rookie center, who was the 21st pick in the first round of the draft, suffered slight ligament tears in his right knee last Sunday against Pittsburgh. The injury wasn't serious enough to warrant surgery.

"He'll wear a cast for two or three weeks," coach Butch Davis said. "He'll wear a boot walker for probably another two or three weeks, and when he gets out of his boot it will probably be another two or three weeks before he can probably run.

"We don't have nine more weeks left in the season. It didn't make any sense to practice short-handed."

Faine was hurt late in the first quarter against the Steelers. Melvin Fowler, a third-round draft choice in 2002, played the rest of the game. Fowler will get the start Sunday against Seattle.

Faine's injury is another in a long line of misfortune to hit the offensive line. The Browns have used nine different starters on the line, which ties them with San Diego for the most in the NFL.

RJ IR AGAIN: Fullback R.J. Bowers was also placed on injured-reserve. Bowers suffered an ankle injury against Kansas City, which was his first game action after being activated from the reserve-non-football-injury list. Bowers hurt a knee while lifting weights at home a week before training camp opened.

MORE ROSTER MOVES: Linebacker Orantes Grant was signed to the active roster, and receiver C.J. Jones and linebacker Mason Unck were signed from the practice squad. Defensive end Felipe Claybrooks was waived from the active roster, and running back Earnest Graham was waived from the practice squad.

Signed to the practice squad were offensive lineman Troy Andrew and linebacker David Moretti.

Grant (6-foot-0, 228 pounds) was the Dallas Cowboys' seventh-round draft choice in 2000. He's appeared in 24 games with one start in two seasons with the Cowboys and one with the Washington Redskins.

Davis said that Jones was activated because of interest shown by other teams to sign him. Practice-squad players can be signed by another team to its active roster.

"We liked everything C.J. did during preseason and on the practice squad," Davis said. "We thought it might become inevitable that someone might go back and look at preseason games and see this kid making all these catches."

INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Brant Boyer (knee), linebacker Barry Gardner (knee), defensive tackle Orpheus Roye (knee), cornerback Lewis Sanders (groin) and linebacker Ben Taylor (elbow) are questionable on the Browns' injury report. Taylor was released from the Cleveland Clinic earlier this week after suffering from a staph infection in the elbow.

Listed as questionable for the Seahawks are receiver Darrell Jackson (ankle), defensive end Mitchell Brandon (calf) and safety Reggie Tongue (concussion). Listed as probable are receiver Bobby Engram (thigh), free safety Ken Hamlin (knee) and receiver Itula Mili (toe).

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