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December 19, 2003

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Quarterback O'Donnell back with Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. -- Neil O'Donnell worked with the first team Thursday, hours after he rejoined the Tennessee Titans when the NFL approved a deal with the veteran quarterback.

"After a couple reps, it felt like I never left it. It really did," O'Donnell said. "I feel good, my mind's fresh and I'm here really more than anything to win a championship."

Getting O'Donnell back became a necessity after Billy Volek lacerated his spleen in the Titans' 28-26 victory over Buffalo last week. Rookie Jason Gesser has been the only healthy quarterback, with starter Steve McNair nursing a cracked bone spur in his left ankle.

Coach Jeff Fisher said O'Donnell did well studying the gameplan in the hours before practice, and the veteran would have started if the Titans had to play Thursday.

Browns to honor Graham with helmet decals

Cleveland -- Hall of Famer Otto Graham will be honored Sunday by the Cleveland Browns, who will wear No. 14 decals on their helmets in tribute to the late quarterback.

Graham, who led the Browns to 10 championship games in 10 seasons, died Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla., of an aneurysm in his heart. He was 82.

The Browns will wear black-and-white decals with Graham's retired No. 14 on the back left side of their helmet for their final two games this season.

There will be a moment of silence and video tribute for Graham before Sunday's home game against Baltimore.

Graham led the Browns to four titles in the All-America Football Conference and three NFL championships from 1946-55. He was picked to the league's 75th anniversary team in 1994.

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