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Browns scuffle in locker room after prank

After a spirited practice, the Cleveland Browns were still in a playful mood so they decided to pull a prank one of their rookies.

Coye Francies didn’t care for the joke.

The first-year cornerback, incensed over being soaked with water by some of his teammates, threw a bucket of ice and at least one errant punch during a skirmish in the Browns’ locker room on Friday in Berea, Ohio.

As the Browns returned from practice, a dripping-wet Francies stormed into the locker room lugging a Gatorade bucket full of ice. Before he could be stopped, Francies tossed the ice on cornerback Brandon McDonald, hitting him with cubes that covered the floor.

Francies flung some more ice in the direction of safety Mike Adams before heading toward safety Abram Elam’s corner cubicle. With the bucket on the floor, Francies then swung his arms at Elam, who deflected the blows. Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers then stepped in and grabbed Francies by the back of the shirt and escorted him out a side door as other players came to help.

“Calm down, man,” Rogers told Francies as he pushed the rookie outside.

“Welcome to the Browns locker room!” wide receiver Braylon Edwards hollered.

Francies returned a few minutes later and seemed irritated as he sat by his locker.

After dressing, Francies had cooled down enough to smile.

“It’s all just fun and games,” he said. “We were just playing around.”

Injury updates

Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson (ankle) has been ruled out for the second straight game. … Patriots receivers Randy Moss (back) and Wes Welker (knee) missed practice and are listed as questionable. … Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (rib) is doubtful. Kevin Kolb would start, and Michael Vick will play. … Saints running back Mike Bell (knee) won’t play. … Browns running back Jamal Lewis (hamstring) likely will not play, and kicker Phil Dawson (calf) is questionable. … Vikings receiver Percy Harvin (illness) is questionable. … Cowboys running back Marion Barber (thigh) said he expects to play. … Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder) is doubtful. Defensive tackle Chris Canty (calf), receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot) and cornerback Aaron Ross (hamstring) will not play. … Jets cornerbacks Lito Sheppard (thigh) and Donald Strickland (ankle) are out.

Short yardage

Texans receiver Andre Johnson was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness. Houston receiver Jacoby Jones and Tennessee’s Jason Jones were fined $5,000 each for their roles in a fight during their game. … Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown was fined $10,000 for wearing a Halloween mask during pregame introductions. … Ed Anzalone, a popular Jets fan known as “Fireman Ed,” was given a game ball by the team after its victory over the Patriots as a symbolic “thank you” to its fans.

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