Brown making progress

Gilbert Brown

Gilbert Brown experienced only slight swelling in his injured right arm after his inspiational performance Saturday night.<p> As the tests get tougher, Packer coach Mike Sherman is looking out for his veteran nose tackle.<P>

A check of Brown's arm Sunday showed only minor swelling after the 10th-year pro made his impressive comeback from a potential season-ending injury suffered a week earlier.

Brown ruptured his right biceps muscle in the Atlanta game Aug. 9.

Brown played the first quarter and was a integral part of the Packers' goal line stand in which they stuffed Panthers' Stephen Davis four times.

Sherman pointed out that Brown did not need to reach out with his injured arm Saturday, thus avoiding exposing it. Due to to the short turn-around this week with the Thursday night preseason finale, Sherman may hold Brown out as a precaution.

"He did remarkable well for having gotten back so quickly," Sherman said.

Brown's return to the lineup and courageous play has prompted a flood of praise from his teammates.

"I don't want to sound like a sissy or anything, but I love these guys in here," Brown said. "and I'm sure they love me. It's a special place."

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