Orlando Brown May Return to Browns

Tuesday, August 1st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have not ruled out the possibility of Orlando Brown returning from an eye injury and playing this season.

``The next time we have to consider it is the end of August,'' team spokesman Todd Stewart said Tuesday.

He added that the offensive tackle can stay on the physically unable to perform list until that time.

USA Today on Tuesday quoted Browns coach Chris Palmer as saying, ``At this particular time, we do not anticipate him playing this season.''

Palmer was not immediately available for comment Tuesday morning, Stewart said.

A message requesting comment on Brown's status was left Tuesday at the office of Brown's agent, Tom Condon.

Brown has been able to do light, individual workouts at training camp.

He was hurt Dec. 19 when a referee tossed weighted penalty flag that accidentally struck Brown's right eye.

Brown, 6-foot-7 and about 350 pounds, shoved referee Jeff Triplette to the ground. The lineman said his acted as he did from fear of an eye injury. His father was blinded by glaucoma.

The league suspended Brown indefinitely but lifted the penalty in late February. Triplette has not been reprimanded.