Tuesday Browns Notebook

News and notes from a rare Tuesday practice in Berea... Antonio Garay goes under the knife, Gerard Warren wants to kick some booty and more...

GARAY OUT AGAIN:  A reporter mentioned to rookie defensive lineman Antonio Garay that he should be used to rehab by now with all the injuries he suffered at Boston College.

Garay leaned on his crutches, rolled his eyes and said, "tell me about it."

Contrary to reports that have been circling in the media, Garay said the upcoming surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL will be the first time he's ever gone under the knife.

"I had a medical redhsirt my junior year at Boston College for a sprained knee, but I did not have surgery," he said.

The Browns team doctors have not told Garay how long a recovery period he should expect, but the 6-4, 300-pound rookie is hopeful it will be close to four months. He used his younger brother, Daniel, who plays at Hofstra, as a bench mark.

"He had an ACL injury and he was back doing sprint and everything in four weeks," said Garay. "If he can do it, I can do it ... And after the injury, he just came off his best season."

Garay said he wasn't exactly sure how he got hurt Sunday.

"I was just trying to make a tackle," he said. "I tried to go one way and I guess my knee didn't react."

Gerard Warren was asked if he could speak to the Browns fans in the wake of a humiliating 35-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and the team's current 4-11 record, what would he say?

"I would apologize to them," said Warren. "I would tell them to keep believing. We will restore the pride, tradition and history of the Cleveland Browns.

"We have the best fans in the country. Here we are, 4-and-10, and the house is still packed. Guys continue to travel around the country just to watch us play ... I love this city. I love the atmosphere. I know they are very frustrated to see us not performing to the level they want us to. It's disappointing to me to let the city down."

Gerard Warren could care less about that title.

"Not spoiler. Ass kicker," Warren said regarding the Browns season finale against the playoff-hopeful Cincinnati Bengals. "I don't care about trying to be a spoiler. We aren't trying to ruin anyone's season. We just want to hand them a loss."

The Browns bad luck apparently followed Mitchell from Cleveland to Chicago. The player anointed the next Gene Hickerson during training camp caught on with the Bears after the Browns released him from the practice squad.

Mitchell moved into the Bears starting lineup last week, replacing the injured Mike Gandy at left tackle. Unfortunately, he broke his right leg in the second half, ending his season.

After placing Garay on the Reserve-Injured list with his knee injury and releasing the recently-signed David Thompson from the practice squad, the Browns signed defensive lineman John Nix to the active roster and defensive back Davis Young to the practice squad.

Nix played for the Cowboys in 2001 and 2002 after being a seventh round pick in 2001. Like Michael Myers, he knows the scheme and the terminology and could be ready to step right in if necessary Sunday. Nix was Brandon Noble's backup at defensive tackle with the Cowboys, appearing in 30 games.

Offensive lineman Scott Osborne has been moved up from the practice squad to add an extra lineman with Paul Zukauskas to miss the game. To make room, the Browns released defensive back Ron Israel and will attempt to resign him to the practice squad.

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