NFL Clears Browns On McGahee Injury

Associated Press
Friday, September 26, 2008

The NFL found no evidence that the Cleveland Browns' defensive players intentionally gouged the eyes of Baltimore running back Willis McGahee during the Ravens' 28-10 win on Sunday.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh sent tapes to the league office in New York earlier this week asking for a review of two separate incidents.

McGahee was cut on his right eyelid and was poked in the left eye. He was forced to leave the game twice.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said there was no evidence to support the Ravens' claims that the Browns tried to injure McGahee.

Harbaugh declined to name the names of the Cleveland players in question.

"I don't think we should say," he said. "I wouldn't want to comment on it, but you can see it on the tape."

On a seven-yard carry to the Cleveland 1-yard line in the third quarter, McGahee came up bleeding after a tackle by Browns linebacker Andra Davis, who appeared to get his hand caught inside McGahee's visored helmet while being blocked to the ground by Baltimore tackle Jared Gaither.

McGahee got up and immediately headed to the sideline with blood dripping down his face. His right eye still is swollen and he has been limited in practice this week as the Ravens prepare for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh.

ยท PATRIOTS: Troy Brown retired after 15 seasons with New England, for which he set a team record for most receptions.

"I can't think of anything better in life to do than to enjoy a Sunday afternoon playing football," Brown said, "and now I enjoy those Sunday afternoons watching football and still saying in my head, 'I can make that play.' "

Brown, 37, spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots after they drafted him in the eighth round in 1993 out of Marshall. His 557 catches are first in team history and his 6,366 yards receiving are second to Stanley Morgan's 10,352. Brown played in one Pro Bowl, after the 2001 season.

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