NEWS & NOTES
Newsome Returns To the Dawg Pound
Ozzie Newsome heard the Dawg Pound bark and chant his name one more time. Then he went to work.
Newsome, a tight end for 13 years with Cleveland, received his Hall of Fame ring during pregame ceremonies yesterday before the Browns' 31-17 loss to the Panthers.
"This is special today because I finally get a chance to take a bow in front of the fans I loved playing for," Newsome said before the ceremony. "The induction was great, but getting the ring here in Cleveland where everything started and finished is even better."
Newsome, the Browns' career leader in receptions and receiving yards, became the 14th Cleveland player to be inducted into the Hall in August. He was enshrined in Canton the same weekend the Browns made their official return to the NFL by playing the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game.
Cleveland's new front office was criticized for not attending Newsome's induction ceremony in August, and had planned to honor Newsome, currently the Ravens' vice president of player personnel, at a later date.
However, conflicts with the Ravens' schedule prevented the Browns from having Newsome's day any sooner. He was able to come to Cleveland yesterday only when Browns owner Al Lerner offered to fly Newsome after the ceremony to Cincinnati, where the Ravens were playing the Bengals.
Some Cleveland fans criticized Newsome for taking a job with the Ravens when former Browns owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore. But there was nothing but love for Newsome yesterday.
Although he now works for the enemy, Newsome said his heart will always be in Cleveland.
"I am a Cleveland Brown," he said.
Dolphins QB Damon Huard left the game against the Patriots with a broken nose. He was replaced by former Maryland QB Scott Zolak. ... Steelers TE Mark Bruener suffered a concussion against the Titans.
Odds and Ends
Marvin Harrison, the NFL's leading receiver, had five catches for 60 yards against the Eagles to become the fifth 1,000-yard receiver in Colts history. ... The Colts suspended starting DE Shawn King and backup S Tito Wooten for their game against the Eagles, citing an undisclosed violation of team policy. ... The Bears' Jim Miller won for the first time as a starting quarterback, completing 25 of 38 passes for 357 yards and a touchdown in a 23-20 victory over San Diego. ... San Francisco's sixth straight loss ensured an end to its string of 16 10-victory seasons.
BY THE NUMBERS
Consecutive snaps taken by Colts QB Peyton Manning, who sat out the fourth quarter after leading his team to a 41-point lead against the Eagles. It was the first time in his two-year NFL career that Manning watched a play from the sideline.
Career interceptions for the Ravens' Rod Woodson, who joins former Lions star Lem Barney as the only NFL players with 50 interceptions, 1,000 interception return yards and at least seven touchdowns.