Browns DE Brown done for regular season

If the Cleveland Browns get any more production from Courtney Brown this season it won't be until the playoffs -- if they get that far.

The third-year defensive end will have arthroscopic surgery on his injured left knee Thursday. Brown hurt his knee falling on the carpet in the Super Dome Nov. 24 and then aggravated it in practice Dec. 4.

"He has made very little if any progress with the knee," coach Butch Davis said. "The swelling has not subsided. They're going to do some exploratory surgery. They have a pretty good idea it's a partial tear of the cartilage. It isn't ligaments or tendons. They'll see how big the tear is and the exact extent of it.

"Courtney has not had a lot of luck. It's a shame. He's frustrated."

Davis said he would delay placing Brown on injured reserve. Players can bounce back from arthroscopic surgery and play 10 days later. Since the Browns still have a chance to make the playoffs, Davis could wait until after the Browns and Ravens play Sunday in Baltimore. Brown could rest the final game and be ready for the postseason.

The season has been a major disappointment for Brown, the first player chosen in the 2000 draft. He played 11 games. He made 41 tackles, two sacks, had 12 quarterback pressures, eight quarterback hits and broke up eight passes. He played five games last year and had 4.5 sacks and 19 pressures.

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