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Aug. 4, 2011: News, notes and observations from Browns training camp

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 4, 2011
Cleveland Browns punter Richmond McGee practices during the NFL football team's training camp Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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


  • Big man debutsRookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor, the Browns' first-round pick, ended his hold out and practiced for the first time.

  • Injury updates: Wide receivers Josh Cribbs (left knee) and Mohamed Massaquoi (left foot), running back Montario Hardesty (torn ACL last year), rookie tight end Jordan Cameron (hamstring) and linebacker Sidney Tarver (unknown) did not participate in practice. Wide receiver Jordan Norwood (hip flexor) and rookie offensive lineman Jason Pinkston (shoulder) suffered injuries during practice, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said.

  • Triumphant returns: Tight end Benjamin Watson practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion this past Saturday. Offensive lineman Eric Steinbach (knee) and wide receiver Calrton Mitchell (shoulder) also returned to action.

  • New arrivals: A dozen recently signed veteran players also were permitted to practice for the first time since camp opened. The following players participated in the final hour of practice after the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified: Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, defensive linemen Marcus Benard, Jayme Mitchell, Derreck Robinson and Brian Schaefering, kicker Phil Dawson, offensive linemen John Greco and Billy Yates, running back Brandon Jackson, punter Richmond McGee, pictured to the left, tight end Evan Moore and free safety Usama Young.

  • Defensive makeover: Several of the new arrivals were inserted into the first-team defense. Taylor (tackle), Patterson (nickel cornerback), Mitchell (left end), Young (free safety) Benard (right end in nickel) practiced with the first-team defense.

  • Practice highlights and lowlights: Cornerback Joe Haden dominated. He broke up several passes. ... Moore made a one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone while being covered by rookie cornerback Buster Skrine. Moore, one of the recently signed veterans who missed the first half of practice while waiting for ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, turned to the crowd and said, "I’m back." ... The 5-foot-9 Skrine was exploited again in red-zone drills when wide receiver Chris Matthews caught a pass over him in the end zone. ... A pass deflected off rookie wide receiver Greg Little’s hands and was intercepted by defensive back Darian Hagan. Little caught a few passes in red-zone drills, but he also dropped a few.

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