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Notes: Geathers named

Posted: 5:50 p.m.



Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers on Thursday was named the GMC Defensive Player of the Week for the NFL's opening weekend.

Geathers had four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception in the Bengals' 27-20 win over the Ravens. Geathers contributed to three different turnovers that led to the three Bengals touchdowns with his first-quarter fumble recovery, his third-quarter sack and his fourth-quarter interception.

More than 48,900 fans voted this week on and Geathers pulled 46 percent. Texans end Mario Williams received 29 percent, Lions defensive end DeWayne White 13 percent, Vikings tackle Kevin Williams nine percent, and Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel three percent.

After the regular season, five players are nominated for GMC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on throughout the month of January.

INJURY UPDATE: Pro Bowl right tackle Willie Anderson (foot) took his obligatory day off from practice Thursday after working Wednesday. But wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (knee) and kicker Shayne Graham returned to full practices Thursday.

Cornerback Deltha O'Neal (knee) who was limited Wednesday, didn't practice Thursday and safety Chinedum Ndukwe (hamstring) didn't work for the second straight day. Center Eric Ghiaciuc sat out with a thumb injury.

For the Browns, punter Dave Zastudil (back) returned to limited practice Thursday, as did safey Gary Baxter (knees) and cornerbacks Leigh Bodden (groin) and Daven Holly (concussion). Linebacker Antwan Peek (foot) didn't work for the second sraight day.

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