The League

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Browns fans planning protest

This isn't the only NFL city with discontented fans.

According to the Associated Press, some Cleveland Browns fans are trying to organize a protest by which customers would stay out of their seats -- perhaps remaining temporarily on concourses or outside the stadium -- for the opening kickoff of a Nov. 16 game at home against the Baltimore Ravens.

"We're tired of losing," season ticket holder Mike Randall, one of the organizers of the planned protest, told the AP. "We're tired of the booing, of seeing fans leave in the fourth quarter. There are fans who have had tickets for 30 years who are turning their seats in because they can't take it anymore. So many fans are fed up."

According to the AP, Browns owner Randy Lerner said in an e-mail, "On the grounds of frustration and irritation with performance, then that's the medicine [we] are going to take, and I accept that."

Goodell, Smith to Hill

According to the AP, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, are scheduled to testify before a congressional subcommittee Tuesday. The hearing will examine the case in which court decisions have kept the league from enforcing its suspensions of two Minnesota Vikings players who tested positive last year for a banned diuretic.

It will be the second Capitol Hill appearance in less than a week for Goodell and Smith. Both testified before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing Wednesday on the rate and severity of brain injuries suffered by NFL players.

Tuesday's hearing is to come before the House subcommittee on commerce, trade and consumer protection.

The league attempted to impose four-game suspensions on Pat Williams and Kevin Williams last year.

Westbrook sits out

Tailback Brian Westbrook didn't participate in the Philadelphia Eagles' practice Friday.

The Eagles have called Westbrook's availability for Sunday's game against the New York Giants a game-time decision.

He is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report.

Westbrook hasn't practiced all week after suffering a concussion during Monday night's triumph over the Redskins at FedEx Field.

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