Boyer Hurt During Morning Practice

Linebacker Brant Boyer is the latest member of the Browns linebacking corps to get hurt in the past week. Joe brings you the news first, along with additional (and more positive) notes from today's practice in Rochester...

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On an otherwise uneventful morning at St. John Fisher College, the biggest news to come from the Browns' first workout with the Buffalo Bills was not good for Cleveland.

Linebacker and special teamer Brant Boyer was carted off the field during team drills with his right shoe off. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, but the results were not known as of 11 a.m. A team source said the doctors are expecting the worst — a broken foot that could put Boyer out of action for six-to-eight weeks.

Boyer tied a career high in tackles last season with 80 and had a career-best 18 stops against the St. Louis Rams on "Monday Night Football." He is recognized more for his efforts on special teams, where he has led the Browns in tackles in two of the last three seasons.

Cleveland left tackle Ross Verba was also injured on Friday morning, but was able to remain in drills. He slipped on the wet grass and strained his groin.

"I just tweaked my groin a little bit," Verba said. "I feel fine."

A LITTLE ADVICEWillis McGahee, the Bills' No. 1 pick in 2003, knows what safety Sean Jones is going through.

Jones, the Browns' current No. 2 pick, tore his ACL during the team's mini camp and will likely miss the entire season. McGahee was out all of last year while nursing his torn ACL suffered during the University of Miami's loss in the Fiesta Bowl to Ohio State.

McGahee, now practicing with no limitations for Buffalo, knows what Jones needs to do to make a full recovery.

"He's got to pay, rehab and work hard every day," McGahee said. "Last year was so hard, I don't even want to think about that anymore."

HOW'D THEY LOOK? — The Browns' entered the weekend wanting to see how much better their running game has gotten from last year.

While there's still a long way to go, those involved in Cleveland's running attack felt their first meeting with Buffalo was a success.

"This is probably the best we've looked as a unit all camp," right guard Kelvin Garmon said. "I don't think people respect the Browns as a power-running team. With what we've been doing so far in camp and today, we look good."

THE MORNING THAT WAS — The following is a run down of the highlights of the Browns' first practice against Buffalo in Rochester.

  • Derrick Frost took the first reps as the Browns' punter, booming three solid kicks and one short kick. He appears to be ahead of Ryan Dutton, who is also competing for Cleveland's punting job.
  • Long snapper Ryan Pontbriand bounced two snaps to Frost in punting drills. Browns coach Butch Davis said before camp that Pontbriand was one of the best long snappers in the league last year.
  • During punting drills, Leigh Bodden acting as a "gunner" for the Browns' punt coverage unit, was jammed to the ground by two Buffalo players and never got off the line of scrimmage. The play sent the Bills' sideline into an uproar.
  • Lee Suggs took the first snap as Cleveland's starting tailback, but William Green was in the huddle on play No. 2.
  • Buffalo running back Travis Henry broke a 40-yard run against the Browns' defense on the first play of team drills.
  • Green busted a 60-yard run against the Bills' second-team defense.

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