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Henry hopes to exit Buffalo

Published Aug. 24, 2005

Travis Henry wants out of Buffalo because he's unhappy being a backup.

"I want to go somewhere where I can be a starter and play and be a big contributor," the running back said Monday.

With a year left on his contract, Henry wouldn't say he was demanding a trade.

Coach Mike Mularkey said he was unaware of Henry's discontent. He said the team will evaluate every position and "make the right decisions when that time comes."

Henry lost his starting job to Willis McGahee in October after the Bills started 1-5. McGahee, a first-round pick in 2003, missed his rookie season with a knee injury. But Buffalo went 9-2 with him as a starter and 7-0 when he rushed for 100 yards.

Henry was coming off consecutive 1,300-yard seasons. But in five starts, he had 300 yards and no touchdowns. He spent five games as a backup before missing the rest of the season after tearing ligaments in his right ankle Nov. 28.

BROWNS: Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said Cleveland was denied permission to interview him for its vacant GM position. Newsome, the Hall of Fame tight end who played his entire career with the Browns, is under contract for two more years. Newsome did say the Browns can talk to Phil Savage, his director of player personnel who talked with them Monday.

Also, the Boston Globe reported the Browns likely will seek permission to talk to Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel about their coaching job.

CARDINALS: Offensive coordinator Alex Wood and receivers coach Robert Ford were fired. Arizona finished 27th in offense at 284.4 yards per game and 26th in scoring at 17.8 points a game.

LIONS: Offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis will retire after three seasons with the team. Lewis, 62, has 22 years of experience, including as offensive coordinator for Green Bay from 1992-99 and Minnesota from 2000-01.

RAVENS: Offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh resigned under pressure from coach Brian Billick. Baltimore finished 31st in offense at 273.4 yards per game.

REDSKINS: Quarterback Mark Brunell said he is uncertain if he would be content to return as a backup. Brunell was benched in favor of Patrick Ramsey in November, and coach Joe Gibbs said Ramsay will start next season.

TITANS: Quarterback Billy Volek might need surgery after separating his throwing shoulder Sunday. He had an MRI exam, but results were not available. Also, running back Chris Brown doesn't need surgery for the turf toe on his left foot that kept him out of five games. But he will have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles, which coach Jeff Fisher called minor.

RISON RELEASED: Former Pro Bowl receiver Andre Rison was released from jail in Decatur, Ga., after paying $10,000 in child support. He owed $127,000 to a woman with whom he has two sons but requested his release after being invited to try out for Grand Rapids of the Arena league.

PLAYERS SCAMMED: A man was charged with theft after calling Donovan McNabb, Darrell Green and Warren Sapp and convincing them to wire him money. Lewis Sills, 29, of Elkridge, Md., faces multiple charges of theft and identity theft.