Scrimmage Notes and More

Mike brings us the latest following the Browns scrimmage against the Bills. It looks like Brant Boyer's situation may be worse than expected, Jeff Garcia and Kellen Winslow are playing tag, and we've got some more notes out of today's game...

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Linebacker Brant Boyer won't be playing football for the Browns any time soon, perhaps not for the entire season.

Boyer, who broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot during Friday's morning practice against the Buffalo Bills, had surgery later that day in Cleveland. A screw was inserted into the foot, and Boyer could miss as many as 10 weeks.

"I talked to him last (Friday) night," coach Butch Davis said. "They did put a screw in his foot. The prognostication of it is it could be anywhere from eight to 10 weeks."

With five weeks remaining before the season opener against Baltimore, the Browns can wait before making a call on Boyer. A decision regarding whether or not to put Boyer on injured-reserve won't be made until later in training camp.

"We'll look at the X-rays and they'll do an MRI," Davis said. "We'll see how much swelling and how much growth there is in the next two or three weeks before we have to start making some cuts."


TELEPHONE TAG: Quarterback Jeff Garcia continues trying to reach holdout tight end Kellen Winslow, but he hasn't had any success.

"I called Kellen and left him a message," Garcia said. "He called me and left me a message. We haven't personally had the contact as far as being able to speak to each other. He's frustrated that he isn't in camp right now. Obviously, certain things are out of his hands right now as far as the contract goes.

"Hopefully, we can all see everybody do whatever has to be done to get him into camp because it's important. We spent a first-round pick on him, and that' s because he's a big-time player. It's not doing us any good if he's not in camp with us."


MORE FROM THE MEDICAL FRONT: Offensive tackle Ross Verba played with the first team on the Browns' initial possession. Verba suffered a minor groin pull Friday, but he was feeling better Saturday.

Cornerback Michael Lehan missed the scrimmage with a sprained left foot.

Receiver Frisman Jackson hurt his knee during a practice in Berea last Thursday. The injury isn't serious, but Jackson was held out of the practices against the Bills. Jackson hopes to practice when the Browns return to the field Monday.


SCRIMMAGE NOTES: Defensive end Mark Word was the star of the defensive front, registering sacks on consecutive plays. Word was facing the Bills' backup. Gerard Warren had a sack when the first units were on the field.

Quarterback Luke McCown completed 5 of 10 passes for 62 yards. He made a mistake when he held the ball away from his body, allowing the Bills to strip the ball from his grasp. Linebacker Asa Francis scooped up the ball and ran 73 yards for a score.

Lee Suggs and William Green scored on two of three runs with the first team in goal-line drills. Green raced around the right side to score. After a Browns' penalty on the second play, Suggs ran up the middle to score.

Sherrod Coates started at strong-side linebacker in place of the injured Chaun Thompson, who had surgery on a broken bone in his wrist earlier this week. Ben Taylor, who's been practicing on the strong side, played with the second unit at middle linebacker.


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