Boyer breaks bone in foot, out indefinitely
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Browns linebacker Brant Boyer is out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his right foot during practice Friday with the Buffalo Bills. He is the second Cleveland linebacker to be injured this week.
Boyer, the Browns' special teams captain, and team doctor Anthony Miniachi returned to Cleveland on team owner Randy Lerner's plane. Team spokeswoman Julia Payne said Miniachi would insert a screw into Boyer's foot later in the day.
The Browns won't specify how long Boyer will be out, but in the past similar injuries have sidelined players for up to two months.
Coach Butch Davis said Boyer was hurt when someone stepped on his foot during the first of two practices between Cleveland and Buffalo at the Bills' training camp site in suburban Rochester. The two teams will hold a scrimmage Saturday.
Boyer had to be carted off the field by the Browns' training staff.
Davis added that Boyer's foot was already weak after he hurt it in a similar situation last spring.
Thompson broke wrist
Earlier this week, starting outside linebacker Chaun Thompson broke his wrist during practice and underwent surgery. He's expected to miss at least two preseason games. Ben Taylor, who started eight games last season, will move into Thompson's spot.
Boyer, 33, is a 10-year veteran who spent the last three years with Cleveland. He agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Browns in the off-season, giving the club's young linebacker corps some much-needed experience.
Though not a starter on defense, Boyer is one of the team's top special teams players.