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Furrey starting at safety

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 27, 2009

Browns receiver Mike Furrey will make his first start of the season at safety in Sunday's home game against the Oakland Raiders.

A seven-year veteran, Furrey played safety for the St. Louis Rams in 2005 and led them with four interceptions.

Furrey steps into the slot occupied by Mike Adams, with Adams starting at cornerback in place of Brandon McDonald.

McDonald, in his third year, has been in and out of the lineup this season. But he started the past two games, both victories, against Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

Right tackle John St. Clair, who was doubtful with an ankle injury, is inactive and will be replaced by Floyd ''Pork Chop'' Womack. St. Clair was hurt early in last week's game at Kansas City and Womack slid over from right guard, with Rex Hadnot moving into the lineup. That resulted in the Browns running for 351 yards, including 286 by Jerome Harrison. That was the third-best rushing day in NFL history.

Other inactives for the Browns include rookies Coye Francies and David Veikune (a second-round pick).

Among those sitting out for the Raiders are receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) and running back Justin Fargas (knee). Michael Bush will replace Fargas in the starting lineup, with Johnnie Lee Higgins taking over for Heyward-Bey.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (torn knee ligament) is also inactive.

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