BEREA — The Browns will give “appropriate recognition” to former owner Art Modell on Sunday at the season opener vs. Philadelphia. Modell died Thursday at age 87.
Team spokesman Neal Gulkis said today the team hadn’t finalized its plan to recognize Modell’s career, but it will probably take place before the game.
Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore after the 1995 season and remains the No. 1 villain among Northeast Ohio sports fans. Cleveland was given an expansion franchise and returned to the NFL in 1999.
The Browns’ front office is trying to “strike the right balance” between recognizing Modell for his time here and long service to the NFL and the hard feelings that remain among their fans.
“We want to show respect and dignity for Modell’s family, our fans and the community,” team spokesman Neal Gulkis.
- Rookie running back Trent Richardson (knee) practiced again today and remains on track to start Sunday.
- Cornerback Joe Haden practiced and is expected to start Sunday. The NFL hasn’t made an announcement regarding his appeal of a suspension for a failed offseason drug test.
- Backup offensive lineman John Greco (calf) was on the practice field for the first time this week. The Browns need him to be healthy enough Sunday, because he would join rookie Ryan Miller as the only available backups.
Oniel Cousins hasn’t practiced in the last few weeks and isn’t expected to play.