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Report: Brown released from hospital

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Posted: Saturday December 25, 1999 04:26 PM

  Orlando Brown The NFL has suspended Cleveland's Orlando Brown indefinitely for pushing referee Jeff Triplette. AP

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Orlando Brown was released from the hospital Friday, five days after he pushed a referee who injured Brown when he threw a BB-laden penalty flag into Brown's eye, The Plain Dealer reported Saturday.

Brown had been in the Cleveland Clinic Hospital since the Dec. 19 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with bleeding in his right eye. He was hurt when referee Jeff Triplette inadvertently threw a penalty flag into his eye.

Browns spokesman Todd Stewart on Saturday said he could not confirm whether Brown had been released. He said the team would have more details Sunday.

The hospital did not return calls seeking comment.

The newspaper quoted a hospital police officer who said the 6-foot-7, 350-pound Brown was released late Friday afternoon.

Brown has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL. He has apologized for his actions.

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