- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Cleveland Browns said Mike Holmgren agreed to become their president.

Browns owner Randy Lerner said the two sides reached a deal Monday. Lerner said details still need to be worked out and a formal announcement will be made by next week.

On Saturday, the 61-year-old Holmgren turned down a front-office position to return to the Seattle Seahawks, sparking speculation that he was headed to Cleveland.

Holmgren said he was intrigued by the Cleveland opportunity because of the absence of “layers” between him and Lerner.

The Browns improved to 3-11 on Sunday under first-year coach Eric Mangini with a 41-34 victory over Kansas City.

VIKINGS: Coach Brad Childress said he considered taking Brett Favre out of the game against Carolina because the quarterback “was taking a beating.”

Favre and Childress had what the quarterback called “a heated exchange” in the third quarter of Minnesota’s loss at Carolina on Sunday night.

Childress said Monday he was considering putting Tarvaris Jackson in after watching Favre get sacked four times and hit on numerous other occasions.

Favre strongly objected and lobbied to stay in the game. The Vikings were leading 7-6 at the time, and Childress decided to keep Favre on the field.

Favre finished 17-for-27 for 224 yards and an interception, and the Vikings lost 26-7.

RAVENS: Rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Webb tore his ACL in Sunday’s 31-7 victory over Chicago.

Drafted in the third round out of Nicholls State, Webb began his NFL career as a contributor on special teams. He saw spot duty on defense before stepping into a starting role Nov. 29 against Pittsburgh as a replacement for the injured Fabian Washington.

BILLS: With Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards hobbling, Buffalo may be forced to see what it has in third-stringer Brian Brohm.

Signed to a two-year contract by the Bills two days after former coach Dick Jauron was fired in November, Brohm could get the call this week when Buffalo (5-9) travels to Atlanta to play the Falcons (7-7). Fitzpatrick and Edwards had ankle injuries in Buffalo’s 17-10 loss to New England on Sunday.

TITANS: Linebacker Keith Bulluck has a torn left ACL and will miss the rest of the season, and outside linebacker David Thornton will have season-ending shoulder surgery later this week.

Coach Jeff Fisher announced that test results show Bulluck tore his left ACL in the third quarter of the Titans’ 27-24 overtime victory over Miami on Sunday in what might have been his final game with the franchise that drafted him 30th overall in 2000. The Titans placed him on injured reserve, and Bulluck will have surgery within two weeks.

BENGALS: The investigation into the death of receiver Chris Henry carried into its sixth day without a resolution on whether his fiancee will be charged.

Henry died from massive head injuries Thursday, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck driven by fiancee Loleini Tonga. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in North Carolina described the incident as a domestic dispute.

“There is nothing new to report. She hasn’t been criminally charged in his death, nor has she been cited for any traffic violations,” police spokesman Robert Fey said. “That said, the investigation into Mr. Henry’s death continues.”

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