Sunday, August 8, 2004

Browns' Boyer could miss 10 weeks

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The Associated Press

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Browns linebacker Brant Boyer will miss eight to 10 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot.

"They released him after surgery. He's home eating," coach Butch Davis said Saturday after Cleveland's scrimmage with Buffalo.

Boyer, a 10-year veteran and the Browns' special teams captain, was hurt Friday when someone stepped on his foot during the first of two practices between the teams.

• Lee Suggs re-established his lead in Cleveland's running back derby in the scrimmage with Buffalo. He was the key force in the Browns offense, carrying five times for 82 yards, including a nifty cutback run of 50 yards.

It was a performance in which Suggs appeared to hold onto the starting job ahead of William Green.

BILLS: Four touchdowns, one big stiff-arm and a standing ovation: Not bad for Willis McGahee's first time competing in an NFL setting Saturday.

"Today was a good day," the Bills running back said. "I was a little nervous on the first series, but after the second series, when I kind of got into a rhythm, everything went good for me."

CHARGERS: San Diego signed journeyman and former Ohio State star Joe Germaine.

Germaine played in the Arena Football League last season and hasn't played in an NFL game since 1999.

Starter Drew Brees is healthy but backup Doug Flutie will be sidelined for two weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Cleo Lemon, a member of the practice squad last year, is San Diego's other quarterback. Rookie Philip Rivers is still unsigned.

Germaine was drafted by St. Louis in 1999 and has bounced from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Cincinnati Bengals to, most recently, the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL. He arrived in Chargers camp on Thursday.

CARDINALS: Arizona running back Marcel Shipp will miss eight to 12 weeks with a broken left leg.

Hall of Fame

The newest class entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame today:

John Elway, QB

NFL career: 1983-98 Denver Broncos. Played 16 seasons, 234 games. ... Led his team to five victories in six AFC championship games and two Super Bowl wins.

Barry Sanders, RB

NFL career: 1989-98 Detroit Lions. Played 10 seasons, 153 games. ... Rushed for 1,000-plus yards in each of 10 seasons, first ever to do so. ... In 1997, became third person to gain 2,000 yards in a season.

Bob Brown, OT

NFL career: 1964-68 Philadelphia Eagles, 1969-70 Los Angeles Rams, 1971-73 Oakland Raiders.

Carl Eller, DE

NFL career: 1964-78 Minnesota Vikings, 1979 Seattle Seahawks.

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