Brown reunited with Gruden

Tim Brown was not without a team for long.

Six days after the Oakland Raiders released him, Brown signed Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that reunites him with former Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

The 38-year-old, nine-time Pro Bowl receiver will be counted on to strengthen a receiving corps that desperately needs experienced help because of injuries and Keenan McCardell's holdout. The Raiders released Brown last week after 16 seasons with the Raiders, who told one of the most popular players in team history that he was no better than the fourth or fifth best receiver in a group that included starters Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter.

"I think it's great for him," Raiders tight end Teyo Johnson said. "He'll go where he'll be wanted. I think he's going to bring a lot of leadership. I think it's great. I wish all the best for him."

Brown is second of the all-time list with 14,734 yards receiving, third in receptions with 1,070, tied for fourth with Hall of Famer Don Huston with 99 touchdowns and fifth with 19,434 all-purpose yards.

The 1987 Heisman Trophy winner played for Gruden from 1998-2001, the last four years in a stretch of nine consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Two years ago, he helped lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Gruden-led Bucs.

Last season, Brown had 52 catches for 567 yards and two touchdowns. Brown will get a chance to face his former team early in the year as the Bucs travel to Oakland on Sept. 26 for a Sunday night game.

"It's going to be bombs away," Rice said. "It's going to be hard but we're competitors. I'm just going to go out there and play football. I'm sure they'll be pumped up with (running back Charlie) Garner coming back and Gruden also. I think the fans are going to be excited."

Harris undergoes surgery

One day after undergoing an MRI examination for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, linebacker Napoleon Harris underwent successful arthroscopy surgery performed by Dr. Warren King. Harris is expected to miss 3-6 weeks but is hopeful of returning for the regular season opener on September 12 at Pittsburgh.

Set in (Ron) Stone

Projected starting right guard Ron Stone continues to be out of action because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Norv Turner was hoping that Stone could play in Saturday's game at San Francisco but Turner said Monday that Stone is likely not going to play.

"It's very frustrating because you want to be out there and contribute what you've got," Stone said. "I can't right now because it's stopping me from doing what I'm capable of doing."


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