Practice Notes: New TE in Town

Side-notes from Wednesday's practice in Berea

The Browns signed TE John Owens to take the roster spot of Steve Heiden, who was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Crennel said Heiden suffered a severe high ankle sprain and injured a ligament in the ankle. Crennel said he will probably have surgery.

Heiden finished the season with 43 receptions for 401 yards, including three touchdowns. The last time a Browns tight end had more than 40 receptions was in 1985 when Ozzie Newsome had 62.

Owens (6-3, 255 pounds) has started nine games during his four-year NFL career with the Lions and Bears. He has five career receptions for 49 yards, all in his rookie year with the Lions after being the Lions fifth-round draft choice in the 2002 NFL Draft from Notre Dame.

"He has been with Chicago and Miami," Crennel said. "We'll take a look at him this week and see how quickly he can pick up things. We still have (Aaron) Shea and Paul Irons available."

Lineman Wanted: Crennel was asked in his Wednesday press conference about the Browns problem in stopping the run if it was more important to have a linebacker or defensive linemen to help in that area.

"In the run defense probably, a defensive lineman would make the biggest impact," he said.

Injury Update: Crennel did not mention any injuries, but did say that QB Charlie Frye was fine and would not be on the injury report.

Droughns Top Player; Faine Good Guy: RB Reuben Droughns and C Jeff Faine were recognized by the Cleveland Chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association for the 2005 season. Droughns was named the Cleveland Browns Player of the Year after becoming the first Browns running back to rush for over 1,000 yards since Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner did in 1985. Droughns has 1,192 with one game to play, which is the most since Mike Pruitt had 1,294 in 1979. DL Orpheus Roye finished second in the voting. Robert Griffith was the winner of the award in 2004.

"It's a thrill to win the award," he said. "It's something that I did not expect."

Faine won the Good Guy for his professional attitude in dealing the media. In 2004, Faine's status as a starter was questioned by his then offensive line coach. The Good Guy award is named after longtime Browns employee Dino Lucarelli. CB Daylon McCutcheon was the recipient in 2004.

"It's real an honor to receive the award," Faine said.

Faine's season finished after 14 games when he tore a muscle in his biceps. He said he had surgery last week and the muscle was re-attached with screws. He is expected to be ready for the off-season program.

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