After a spirited practice at Berea, Ohio, the Cleveland Browns were still in a playful mood, so they decided to pull a prank on one of their rookies.
Coye Francies didn’t care for the joke.
The first-year cornerback, incensed over being soaked with water by some of his teammates, threw a bucket of ice and at least one errant punch during a skirmish in the Browns’ locker room Friday.
As the Browns returned from practice, a dripping-wet Francies stormed into the locker room lugging a Gatorade bucket full of ice. Before he could be stopped, Francies tossed the ice on cornerback Brandon McDonald, hitting him with cubes that covered the floor.
At that point, it was not clear if Francies was playing along and messing with McDonald. Then, his mood, and the vibe in the room, turned more serious.
Francies flung some more ice in the direction of safety Mike Adams before heading toward safety Abram Elam’s corner cubicle. With the bucket on the floor, Francies swung his arms at Elam, who deflected the blows. Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers then stepped in and grabbed Francies by the back of the shirt and escorted him out a side door as other players came to help.
“Calm down, man,” Rogers told Francies as he pushed him outside.
“Welcome to the Browns locker room!” wide receiver Braylon Edwards hollered.
Eagles prepare for Vick’s debut
Donovan McNabb could have a sideline view for Michael Vick’s debut.
Because of a broken rib, McNabb is doubtful to play Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles host Kansas City. Kevin Kolb will make his second straight start if McNabb can’t go. No matter who’s under center, Vick will play his first regular-season game in 33 months.
“We put some things in for (Vick),” coach Andy Reid said Friday. “He will be up and we’ll go from there.”
Vick is expected to run Philadelphia’s version of the wildcat offense. He might take a few snaps at quarterback and line up as a receiver or running back.
Around the league
The Oakland Raiders have backed off a demand made to CBS that quarterback-turned-announcer Rich Gannon be banned from the team’s facility for production meetings before Sunday’s broadcast. The Raiders initially told the network that Gannon was not welcome at production meetings for Sunday’s game against Denver because of constant criticism of the organization in recent years. … LaDainian Tomlinson has been ruled out of San Diego’s home game against Miami on Sunday, the second straight game he’ll miss with a sprained right ankle. … Philadelphia cornerback Sheldon Brown was fined $10,000 by the league for wearing a Halloween mask during pregame introductions last Sunday. … Houston receivers Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones have been fined by the NFL for their roles in a fight during Sunday’s 34-31 win over Tennessee. … Receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker could be sidelined for New England’s game Sunday against Atlanta. Both Welker and Moss were listed as questionable after they missed practice. … Cleveland running back Jamal Lewis is still nursing an injured hamstring, and will likely miss Sunday’s game in Baltimore. … Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck is questionable for the New York Giants’ game this weekend against Tampa Bay. … Washington running back Clinton Portis is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Detroit.
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