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Packers lose Brown, Westbrook for season

GREEN BAY, Wis., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Defensive tackle Gilbert Brown of Green Bay will miss the 2003 season because of a torn right biceps muscle.

Brown, who suffered the injury in Saturday's preseason opener at Atlanta, has been placed on injured reserve.

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Brown, 32, who did not play in 2000 because of weight problems and has been bothered by an assortment of injuries each of the past two seasons, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Packers. He was a starter on the back-to-back Super Bowl teams in 1996 and '97. His loss may force the Packers to Dan Wilkinson, who was waived by the Washington Redskins last week after refusing to take a pay cut.

The Packers also lost reserve cornerback Bryant Westbrook, who ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in Saturday's game.

The former first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1997 signed with the Packers during the 2002 season and played in six games. He had been switched to safety in training camp and was also being used at nickel back.

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