Browns Place Miller On IR

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Linebacker Jamir Miller, who is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in Cleveland's exhibition opener, was placed on the reserve injured list Monday by the Browns.

Miller, the Browns' top defensive player last season, got hurt on a running play during the first quarter Saturday night as the Browns beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-15.

He underwent successful surgery Monday at the Cleveland Clinic and will need 5-to-6 months to make a full recovery.

Miller made the Pro Bowl in 2001 after tying for the AFC lead with 13 sacks while helping the Browns lead the league in takeaways (42) and interceptions (33).

Browns coach Butch Davis will spend this week trying new combinations on defense to replace the 28-year-old Miller. The club signed Darren Hambrick to a one-year deal on Sunday as a possible solution.

The Browns also placed rookie fullback Ben Miller on the reserve military list. Miller began his two-year commitment to the Air Force on Monday.

In Saturday's win, Miller caught one pass for 16 yards.

Cleveland added another wide receiver, signing free agent Abram Booty, the younger brother of Josh Booty, Cleveland's No. 3 quarterback.

Booty caught 19 passes for 342 yards last season for Valdosta State, a Division II program, after transferring from LSU.

Booty was helping coach his local high school team when the Browns called.

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