Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown had surgery after the season to repair a torn rotator cuff, he said Thursday, and rehabs two hours every morning in Charlotte, N.C. He expects to be 100 percent by June.
"I won't miss time," he said by phone on his way to rehab.
Brown had the surgery a couple of weeks after the season when rehab didn't improve the tear. The surgery was done in New York by the same doctor who repaired a torn labrum in the same shoulder (right) after the 2005 season.
Brown tore the rotator cuff against Buffalo on Dec. 12, but continued to play, extending his consecutive-games streak to 144.
General manager Tom Heckert acquired Brown, who turned 32 Saturday, last offseason in a trade with Philadelphia. At the scouting combine last month, Heckert was asked about a possible switch to safety.
"We really haven't talked about it," Heckert said. "I think that's something he could do, but right now he's going to stay at corner."
Brown doesn't care. He started his college career at safety and said he'll do whatever the team asks, including moving to safety or coming off the bench.
"I'm just looking to win football games," he said. "Safety is what I played until my junior year in college. I'm a football player at the end of the day. I believe in Tom."
Brown and Joe Haden are penciled in to start in 2011 if the work stoppage ends. Eric Wright, tendered as a restricted free agent, could also be in the mix.
LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson has been mentioned as a possibility for the Browns at No. 6 in the draft.
"He won't be there. But if he is, we should grab him," Brown said. "We need to draft a cornerback."
Brown also weighed in on the lockout. As a veteran, he feels for the young players who aren't as financially secure. But he maintains today's players have a responsibility to the former players whose sacrifices led to greater benefits for the next generation.
"That's why we have to work so hard for a deal to get done," he said. "I know how far we've come.
"It's not about us individually. It's about the future of the game, the guys coming after us."
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