Good News on the Injury Front

Joe reports on the team's health after wrapping up the pre-season against the Bears...

CLEVELAND — They came, they saw, they ... avoided injury.

Oh yeah, and they won, too.

The Browns beat the Chicago Bears 24-10 in their preseason finale, but the game's outcome was beside the point. Cleveland made it through Friday night's victory with no serious injuries, giving it nearly a clean bill of health as it heads into next week's season opener against Baltimore.

When all was said and done, that's all the Browns were hoping to accomplish.

"The No. 1 accomplishment at the end of the final preseason game is that it's over," coach Butch Davis said. "The major objective tonight was to get out of here with no injuries."

Cleveland would've made it through Friday night's game completely unscathed had it not been for a hamstring injury to starting right guard Kelvin Garmon in the first quarter. Garmon walked off the field under his own power and declared himself ready to play against the Ravens.

"I just tweaked it a little bit," he said. "I'll be fine for next week."

Garmon's fate was much brighter than left tackle Ross Verba's last season, when the veteran ruptured his biceps in the final preseason game and was forced to miss the entire season.

Starting running back Lee Suggs didn't play against Chicago because of a stinger suffered in practice this week. Had it been a regular-season game, Suggs said he would've been on the field.

About the only regular who did not make it through the preseason healthy was linebacker Brant Boyer, who was placed on injured reserve this week after breaking his foot in a workout with Buffalo back on Aug. 6.

If not for the loss of Boyer, who would've likely been Cleveland's captain on special teams, the Browns' first teams would be entering the regular season at full strength.

"We never really like losing someone like Brant Boyer," Davis said. "He is a good leader. Someone is going to have to step up and take his place.

"Other than him, we're healthy for the most part."

A good sign to be sure.

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