Cleveland Browns wide receiver L.J. Castile (85) reaches for a pass against defensive back James Dockery at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea, Ohio Sunday, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Here's what you need to know about the 14th practice of Browns training camp:
- Golden opportunities: Rookie offensive lineman Jason Pinkston played left guard with the first-team offense after Eric Steinbach's back tightened. Steinbach walked off the field and into the team's locker-room area with a trainer. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Steinbach, who was hobbled by a left knee injury when camp opened, was removed from practice for precautionary reasons. Shurmur has been impressed by Pinkston, whom the Browns selected in the fifth round (150th overall) of this year's draft, throughout camp. "It’s been understated and really not talked about, but he’s a guy that’s got a chance to be a good player," Shurmur said. "He’s working through training camp. He’s done some things that you need to see in an offensive lineman as far as coming off the ball (and) finishing blocks. He’s a real heavy body, lower-body guy. He’s got an anchor. He knows how to play the game. We’re pleased with his progress. We’d like to see it keep going." Meanwhile, undrafted rookie James Dockery received a chance to play with the first-team defense after T.J. Ward felt tightness in his hamstring. Shurmur said Ward also was held out for precautionary reasons. Dockery, who's pictured to the far left covering undrafted rookie wide receiver L.J. Castile, has demanded attention from the coaching staff throughout camp, but he has done so primarily as a cornerback. However, in the most recent practice, he played free safety with the first unit. Dockery said he hasn't played free safety in a game since 2006, when he was still in high school. "When I was a young player, guys got hurt and it gave me my opportunity to play," veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown said. "My message to those guys is this is your opportunity to play. This is (how the coaches) figure out who they can trust and who they can't trust."
- Plan unveiled: Shurmur said the starters will play for about a half in Friday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He wants the starting offensive and defensive lines to stay in the game for about 20 plays. Shurmur said he hasn't finalized his list of inactive players. "Tonight's the night where we really zero in on who's available and who's going to play and how much," he said.
- More injury updates: Running back Peyton Hillis dealt with a tight hamstring during practice, Shurmur said. In addition to Steinbach, Ward and Hillis, linebackers Scott Fujita (bruised thigh) and Chris Gocong (stinger), tight end Benjamin Watson (hamstring), free safety Usama Young (hamstring), wide receiver Carlton Mitchell (finger surgery), strong safety Eric Hagg (left knee surgery) and defensive end Jabari Fletcher (right knee) were sidelined. After practice, Hagg hobbled out of the team's locker-room area with crutches and a large brace on his left leg. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi also did not participate in practice. Massaquoi has sat out with an injured bone in his left foot since training camp started, but he continues to show signs of progress. He's no longer wearing a cast or a walking boot, and he did some light running on the practice field today.
- Back in action: Defensive tackle Brian Schaefering returned to practice today after missing time the past couple of days. Schaefering left practice Monday after his right foot was stepped on.
- Practice highlights and lowlights: In one-on-one drills, cornerbacks Ramzee Robinson and Carl Gettis broke up passes from quarterback Seneca Wallace. ... Undrafted wide receiver Juan Nunez slid to catch a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy. ... The tight ends dominated an 11-on-11 session in the red zone. Evan Moore grabbed a touchdown pass from McCoy with one hand. Alex Smith also caught a couple of touchdown passes from Wallace. ... In a 7-on-7 session in the red zone, a potential touchdown pass from McCoy went off the finger tips of rookie wide receiver Greg Little, who caught one of McCoy's scoring strikes earlier in 11-on-11. ... Moore leaped and made another one-handed catch over defenders in the end zone. ... In another 11-on-11 session, running back Montario Hardesty took reps with the first-team offense while Hillis was out. Hardesty, who tore the ACL in his left knee last September, appeared to be comfortable running and making cuts. ... Cornerback Joe Haden broke up a pass from McCoy to Little.