The best and worst from yesterday's games:


Browns Player Shoves Official

Cleveland Browns OT Orlando Brown pushed referee Jeff Triplette to the ground during the first half of yesterday's game against Jacksonville after accidentally being hit in the eye with Triplette's penalty flag.

Brown, who attended H.D. Woodson High in the District, was immediately ejected and had to be restrained by several teammates and members of the Browns security staff. The 6-foot-7, 350-pound Brown kicked over a sideline marker as he was ushered to the locker room.

"I've never seen anything like that," Jaguars Coach Tom Coughlin said. "I was shocked."

Brown, whose right eye was nearly swollen shut, was staggering off the field after being struck by the lead-weighted flag when he suddenly turned around and walked back to confront Triplette. As he approached Triplette, an incensed Brown was pointing to his face before he flattened Triplette with a two-handed push to the chest. Brown then towered over the fallen official as Cleveland players rushed onto the field.

"I have been officiating almost 30 years and never had anything like that happen," Triplette said. "Certainly there was every effort to apologize [for hitting Brown with the flag], because it was totally unintentional and inadvertent."

Brown most likely will face a fine and could be suspended. Brown, who signed a six-year, $27 million contract in February, is known for being an emotional player. He has scuffled with teammates in practice and a few weeks ago criticized teammate Scott Rehberg for not playing when he had the flu.

"I would like to apologize to Jeff Triplette," Browns Coach Chris Palmer said. "It was an embarrassing situation for me."


Lions T Ray Roberts will miss the rest of the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee. ... Falcons QB Danny Kanell will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee in the third quarter against the Titans. ...

Eagles CB Bobby Taylor broke his jaw in the first quarter against the Patriots and didn't return...

Numerically Speaking

The Titans are in the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1993, when they were the Houston Oilers. They're 11-3 for the first time since 1962... Raiders RB Tyrone Wheatley, who will make about $325,000 this season, signed a three-year, $10 million contract extension... In defeating the Giants, the Rams (12-2) tied a franchise record for victories in a season. They also won their eighth in a row at home, where they've rolled by an average score of 35-10.



Consecutive victories for the Jaguars, who remain in position to have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 24-14 win over the Browns. Jacksonville can clinch the AFC Central championship next week with a win at Tennessee.


Number of times Browns rookie QB Tim Couch has been sacked this season. That pounding finally took a toll on Couch yesterday when he suffered a sprained ankle and was carted off the field during a 24-14 loss to Jacksonville.