Thompson breaks wrist

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 5, 2004

BEREA - Cleveland Browns starting linebacker Chaun Thompson will undergo surgery after breaking a bone in his left wrist during practice.

Browns coach Butch Davis said Thompson injured his wrist a few days ago but continued to play with it in a soft cast.

On Thursday, he'll have a pin inserted into the wrist. The second-year linebacker is expected to miss at least the club's first two preseason games.

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Ben Taylor will move into Thompson's spot at strongside linebacker. Taylor started eight games there last season.

The Browns are expecting big things this season from Thompson, a relative unknown when the club selected him with the 52nd overall pick last year out of West Texas A&M.

Thompson played mostly on special teams as a rookie in 2003.