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Aug. 5, 2011: News, notes and observations from Browns training camp

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 5, 2011
Cleveland Browns' wide receiver, Josh Cribbs, signs autographs after practice at the NFL football team's training camp Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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


  • Comeback: Wide receiver Josh Cribbs fully participated in practice today for the first time since he suffered a left knee injury this past Sunday. "I needed to get back out there more for conditioning purposes and just to get back in the groove of things," Cribbs said after practice. "The leg feels fine."He entered the first-team offense's rotation of wide receivers during 11-on-11 sessions. He even took a pitch from quarterback Colt McCoy and completed a pass to wide receiver Brian Robiskie. Cribbs said coach Pat Shurmur's plans for him are becoming clear. "He's not a big fan of the Wildcat," Cribbs said of Shurmur. "But he's a big fan of giving me the football. ... He's gonna do everything he can to put the balls in the hands of the guys that [are] gonna make plays. ... I'm pretty sure that there will be times more than not that I'll be in the backfield catching passes."

  • Injury updates: Cornerback Joe Haden (hamstring), pictured to the right, wide receivers Jordan Norwood (hip flexor) and Mohamed Massaquoi (left foot), tight end Jordan Cameron (hamstring) and linebacker Sidney Tarver (unknown) were sidelined. Shurmur said Haden woke up with a tight hamstring and was held out for precautionary reasons. Running back Montario Hardesty wore full pads again, but he continued to be limited in practice. Hardesty, who tore his left ACL during the 2010 preseason, worked off to the side with a trainer. Shurmur said bringing Hardesty along slowly is part of a plan the team developed a while ago.

  • Tough break: Undrafted rookie defensive end Jabari Fletcher hurt his right knee during O-line vs. D-line drills. Shurmur said Fletcher sprained his right knee. Fletcher was carted off the field.

  • Substitutions: Cornerback Dimitri Patterson filled in for Haden with the first-team defense.  Rookie Buster Skrine, who's pictured to the right, took Patterson's spot as the nickel back when three corners were used.

  • Rotations: The following duos rotated with the first-team offense at wide receiver: rookie Greg Little and Robiskie; Carlton Mitchell and Cribbs; Demetrius Williams and Johnathan Haggerty. Running backs Brandon Jackson and Peyton Hillis rotated at running back with the first unit. Also with the first-team offense, Eric Steinbach and rookie Jason Pinkston rotated at left guard, and Tony Pashos and Branndon Braxton switched on and off at right tackle.

  • Practice highlights and lowlights: The first-offense was pitted against the first-defense in a two-minute drill toward the end of practice. Here's how it wrapped up: On third-and-goal from the 8-yard line, Little dropped a pass from McCoy near the goal line as Patterson got his hand in the way. On fourth-and-goal from the 8, tight end Benjamin Watson got his fingers on McCoy's pass in the end zone, but safety T.J. Ward knocked the ball away. ... Earlier in the two-minute drill, McCoy completed a pass to Little, who recorded a significant chunk of yards after the catch. ... In an 11-on-11 session, McCoy's pass appeared to be tipped near the line of scrimmage, but Mitchell came back to the ball and made a diving catch. ... McCoy also completed a pass over the middle to wide receiver Demetrius Williams. Free safety Mike Adams then knocked the ball out of Williams' hands, but Williams recovered the fumble. ... Undrafted rookie cornerback James Dockery dropped an interception and immediately punished himself by doing push-ups. Quarterback Seneca Wallace threw the pass.

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