Browns' leading rusher out with neck stinger


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

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

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.

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.