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Aug. 1, 2011: News, notes and observations from Browns training camp

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 1, 2011
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Here's what you need to know about the third practice of Browns training camp:

  • No setback: Running back Montario Hardesty, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last preseason, did not participate in 11-on-11 sessions during the team's first practice in full pads. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Hardesty will be brought along slowly. "No setback," Shurmur of Hardesty. "We feel good about his progress, and we felt like we were gonna have to manage him. Anybody that comes back from an injury, even though they're out there practicing full, we do what we can to try manage them as they get their sea legs back under them." Hardesty, offensive lineman Tony Pashos and linebackers D'Qwell Jackson, Scott Fujita, pictured to the right, and Kaluka Maiava are among the players who suffered season-ending injuries last season and are now practicing in training camp.

  • Finally on field: Right before practice began, the Browns formally announced that they have re-signed defensive end Jayme Mitchell and have acquired offensive lineman John Greco in a trade with the St. Louis Rams. Both players were on the field watching practice. Per rules of the new labor deal, Mitchell and Greco can't fully participate until Thursday.

  • Still not on field: Defensive tackle Phil Taylor, the Browns' first-round pick in this year's draft, missed another practice. He has yet to sign his rookie contract. Apparently hoping his holdout will end soon, Taylor wrote the following message on Twitter: "Fingers crossed for today!!" Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley also was missing. On Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they traded Bunkley to the Browns for a fifth-round pick. But Bunkley's absence on Monday has raised some eyebrows and made some wonder whether the trade will go through. When asked about Bunkley's situation, Shurmur said, "There's really nothing to talk about." The Browns have yet to announce the move.

  • False alarm: Rookie tight end Jordan Cameron limped off the field with a trainer as practice wrapped up. Shurmur said Cameron simply had cramps. "He just cramped up," Shurmur said. ... "The one thing about tight ends ... they run a lot, and then they took the added pounding of the blocking today. With (Benjamin Watson) being out, those guys, their workload kind of increased a little bit."

  • Injury updates: Watson (head) remained sidelined after suffering a concussion Saturday. Wide receivers Josh Cribbs (left knee), pictured to the left, and Carlton Mitchell (shoulder) were in full pads and watched from the field but did not participate in practice. Cribbs, whose left knee was wrapped, said he hopes to be be back in action by the end of the week. He said an MRI didn't reveal any damage. "We feel like they'll be back very soon," Shurmur said of Cribbs and Mitchell. Offensive lineman Eric Steinbach (left knee) said he expects to return in days, not weeks, from an injury he has felt since last season. Shurmur said it's "a matter of a couple days" for Steinbach. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (left foot), pictured to the left with Cribbs, defensive tackle Travis Ivey (undisclosed) and linebacker Sidney Tarver (unknown) also sat out.

  • Practice highlights and lowlights: Defensive back Carl Gettis intercepted a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy in a one-on-one drill. ... Wide receiver Demetrius Williams caught several passes, including a long touchdown pass from McCoy. Safety Ray Ventrone appeared to miss his assignment in coverage. ... T.J. Ward picked off a pass thrown by quarterback Seneca Wallace in a session of 11-on-11. Ward almost intercepted another pass from Wallace, but Williams broke it up. ... McCoy connected with rookie wide receiver Greg Little on a deep crossing route in 11-on-11. ... Center Alex Mack dominated one-on-one blocking drills. He gave little ground in pass protection and even pancaked defensive tackle Ko Quaye. ... Rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard also looked sharp in one-on-one drills. He used his speed to rush past offensive tackle Phil Trautwein without any problems. ... Former Browns tight end Robert Royal attended training camp as a spectator. When safety Mike Adams spotted Royal, the two started yelling back and forth and cracking jokes. ... Sheard, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin and offensive linemen Steve Vallos and Branndon Braxton were involved in a minor scuffle after a play in 11-on-11. ... Wide receiver Juan Nunez, who signed as an undrafted free agent, has shown reliable hands.

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