An audible was called one day before the opening Sunday in the NFL. The Browns will not be honoring their former owner Art Modell before their game against Philadelphia.
On Friday the league requested that every team do something to honor Modell, either a moment of silence or some other gesture. Saturday afternoon it was announced that the Modell family requested that Cleveland be relieved of the obligation, obviously fearing a negative reaction.
The team had been planning a simple announcement before the game, no moment of silence or anything even on the scoreboard.
Modell, 87, died Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from natural causes.