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Notebook: Bears place Brown on IR

| Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004

The Chicago Bears placed Mike Brown on injured reserve Tuesday, one day after announcing the safety would miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles' tendon. The team elevated rookie cornerback Alfonso Marshall to fill Brown's roster spot, and signed offensive lineman Bryan Anderson , a former Pitt player, to the practice squad.

  • Jets linebacker Sam Cowart has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and could miss 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Denver Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce will have surgery today to remove a disc fragment from his lower back and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Minnesota Vikings right tackle Mike Rosenthal is likely out for the season with an injury to his right foot. Rosenthal, who just signed a contract extension, was hurt in Monday night's game at Philadelphia, as was tight end Jermaine Wiggins , who will miss 2 to 3 weeks with a broken left hand.

  • A few lines in Kellen Winslow Jr.'s contract with the Cleveland Browns could be as costly as the broken leg doctors found on his X-rays. The rookie tight end, who underwent surgery for his right leg yesterday, could miss out on a $5.3 million roster bonus because he got hurt, ESPN.com reported. Under terms of the six-year, $40 million performance-laden contract he signed in August, Winslow must participate in 35 percent of Cleveland's offensive plays to receive the one-time bonus, paid in 2005. It's unclear whether there is a medical provision to protect Winslow in case of injury.

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