Cleveland is winless since Week 1, Winslow-less since Week 2 and decimated by injuries such as the season-ender to defensive end Courtney Brown. Bears safety Mike Brown is also done for 2004; Buccaneers wide receiver Tim Brown lost his rematch with the Raiders; and with Ichiro charging hard, the greatest St. Louis Brown of them all, George Sisler, may get wiped from the record books after 84 years.
Before he held out, the cornerback should have talked with Erik Estrada or David Caruso. The team fined him for skipping training camp; he lost $161,765 more for missing Game 1. Mad Mike said he'd never play for Green Bay again--then caved and came back. mckenzie returns? o.k., fine, whatever, said a Green Bay Press-Gazette headline. He got booed in the Packers' home opener, then sat last week with a leg injury and saw Peyton Manning take apart GB's depleted secondary.
The NFL's biggest crybaby--he weeps more often than Michael Irvin changes suits--admonished running back Larry Johnson to "take the diaper off and go play" against the Texans. Then Vermeil failed to try an easy field goal (K.C. turned the ball over on fourth-and-two) and called a timeout that helped Houston score late in the first half ("Bad decision," he later said) en route to a 24--21 win that dropped the Chiefs to 0--3.
The pot-stirring NFL agents Kevin D. Poston and Carl C. Poston III may be pleased to be featured in Business Week, but they probably aren't happy about developments with their star clients: Injured Kellen Winslow Jr. may be out a $5.4 million bonus, which hinged on first-year performance; LaVar Arrington is in arbitration that could cost $6.5 million because of a Poston oversight; and Orlando Pace has moved to fire them.