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Report: Holmgren considered for Browns front office job

Baltimore Sun

Seeking a vice president of football operations, Browns owner Randy Lerner intends to contact former Seattle Seahawks coach and general manager Mike Holmgren, reported Monday.

The role would be similar to the one held by Bill Parcells with the Miami Dolphins, the Web site reported.

Lerner said in an e-mail response to the Associated Press that he would not comment on "rumors/speculation."

In other news, the Browns have not yet sold out Monday night's game against the Ravens and are facing their first TV blackout since 1995.

A team spokesman said "a few thousand" tickets remained for the game and it was too early to say whether the game would be televised in the Cleveland area. The team has an 8:30 p.m. deadline on Friday to sell the remaining tickets.

Also, coach Eric Mangini did not reveal his starting quarterback for the game. During the Browns' bye week, Mangini said he would announce "early next week" if it would be former Raven Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn.On Monday, Mangini said he will wait until Wednesday before making his choice public.

Redskins: Starting strong safety Chris Horton damaged a ligament in his left big toe during Sunday's 31-17 loss to Atlanta. He's out a minimum of four to six weeks - and it will be four to six months if a specialist decides the toe needs surgery.

Offensive lineman Mike Williams, who has started the past four games, is out two to four weeks after tearing a ligament in his ankle. He will also see a specialist but doesn't expect to require surgery.

The status of running back Curtis Portis, who had a concussion, is uncertain.

Coach Jim Zorn said Stephon Heyer (Maryland) will move back to right tackle and that Levi Jones, who was signed three weeks ago, will start at left tackle against the Broncos.

CHIEFS: As expected, Kansas City released running back Larry Johnson the day he was due to come back from his second suspension in a year.

Johnson, who turns 30 on Nov. 19, was 75 yards away from breaking former Raven Priest Holmes' team rushing record.

Bengals: Wide receiver Chris Henry will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his broken left forearm.

Jurisprudence: Former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, 50, wasarrested Sunday night for leaving the scene of a crash in Miami-Dade, according to jail records.

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