Browns' leading rusher out with neck stinger

Originally Published: September 12, 2004
Associated Press

Cleveland Browns: Browns running back Lee Suggs was inactive for Sunday's season opener against the Baltimore Ravens because of a neck stinger.

Suggs, the club's leading rusher during the exhibition season, got hurt during practice two weeks ago and the Browns decided not to risk making it worse against one of the league's best defenses.

With Suggs out, William Green, who missed the final eight games last year after being suspended for failing the league's substance abuse policy, started.

Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore All-Pro tackle Jonathan Ogden was inactive for Sunday's season opener with the Cleveland Browns because of a sprained knee.

Ogden injured his left medial collateral ligament in the Ravens' final exhibition game. The 6-foot-9, 345-pound Ogden was leading running back Chester Taylor on a sweep when he was pushed over a pile of players and twisted his knee.

Before sitting out, Ogden had played in 58 straight games, last missing a win over Jacksonville in 2000.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection was replaced at right tackle by Ethan Brooks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bucs receiver Joey Galloway strained a groin muscle in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins and the team said he would not return.

Galloway was hurt trying to catch a long pass from Brad Johnson in the back corner of the end zone. Galloway got both hands on the ball, but he dropped the pass as he stumbled to the ground.

Galloway was acquired in the offseason trade that sent Keyshawn Johnson to Dallas.

Detroit Lions: Detroit wide receiver Charles Rogers and Pro Bowl defensive back Dre' Bly were injured in the first half of the Lions' game Sunday with the Chicago Bears.

Rogers, who played only five games last season because of a broken collarbone, injured his shoulder in the first quarter. Bly suffered a knee injury of undetermined severity and also left the game in the opening period.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Steelers inside linebacker Kendrell Bell missed Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders with groin and shoulder injuries.

Bell, the 2001 NFL defensive rookie of the year, has 18 sacks in three NFL seasons -- nine as rookie. He missed the Steelers' final three exhibition games with a sore shoulder, before injuring his groin during practice last week.

Bell's absence means the Steelers had two new starting linebackers Sunday, Larry Foote and Clark Haggans, who is replacing franchise career sacks leader Jason Gildon. Gildon was released after last season and was later cut by Buffalo during the preseason.

Raiders running back Amos Zereoue, who beat out Jerome Bettis to start the Steelers' 2003 opener, was among the eight Raiders scratches. He signed with Oakland after being cut by Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati Bengals: Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal was inactive for Sunday's game against the New York Jets with an ankle injury.

O'Neal was hurt in the preseason opener last month and was limited in practice this week. He was acquired in April in a draft-day trade with the Denver Broncos to help the Bengals upgrade an area that caused them serious problems last year.

Rookie Madieu Williams out of Maryland started in his place, and the Jets picked on him early. He gave up a 46-yard touchdown pass from Chad Pennington to Jonathan Carter in the first quarter.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills reached an injury settlement with Travis Brown on Sunday that makes the quarterback a free agent.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The Bills can't re-sign him until after the 10th week of the season.

Brown was placed on injured reserve last Sunday after spraining his left knee in the Bills' third preseason game against Indianapolis on Aug. 28.

Brown entered the year as the backup to starter Drew Bledsoe, but the Bills decided to place the fifth-year pro on injured reserve after signing Shane Matthews, an 11-year veteran, on Aug. 30.

Rookie J.P. Losman is Buffalo's third quarterback, though he will miss at least half the season after breaking his leg during training camp.

Brown has played in four games in his career, completing 29-of-52 passes for one touchdown and three interceptions.

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