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Change in plans: Browns will not recognize Art Modell prior to season opener

By Pat McManamon

The Browns have honored the request of Art Modell’s family and decided not to recognize his death prior to Sunday’s season opener against the Eagles.

Browns president Mike Holmgren talked with Modell’s sons, who asked that nothing be done in their father’s name in Cleveland. The team’s original decision to “appropriately” recognize Modell’s death brought strong reaction from some Browns fans still angry at Modell’s decision to move the team in 1995.

The team had not planned a moment of silence or tribute to Modell, merely a brief statement of condolence to the Modell family similar to the statement the team released after his death on Thursday.

Every other city in the league will hold a moment of silence or tribute to Modell prior to their openers. But in Cleveland, feelings remain too raw. Letting it go avoids potential expressions of anger the Modells — and probably the Browns — would rather not see.

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