The Browns have adjusted Thursday's practice schedule to allow their recently signed players to participate. The team is now set to practice from 4:10-6 p.m.Thursday. The session is still open to the public.
Per rules in the new labor deal, players who recently signed (rookies are the exception) can't practice until the start of the new league year at 4:01 p.m. Thursday. Of course, the start of the new league year is contingent upon a new collective bargaining agreement being ratified in time.
The Browns originally had practice scheduled for 8:45-11:15 a.m. Thursday, meaning their recently signed players still wouldn't be able to practice until Friday morning. The only way around the problem would be to change the time of Thursday's practice to after 4 p.m. So that's exactly what the Browns have done.
Some of the recently signed players who will benefit from the adjustment are defensive linemen Jayme Mitchell, Marcus Benard, Brian Schaefering and Derreck Robinson, free safety Usama Young, cornerback Dimitri Patterson, running back Brandon Jackson, kicker Phil Dawson, tight end Evan Moore and offensive linemen Billy Yates and John Greco. Richmond McGee, the punter signed today to replace Reggie Hodges, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury on Tuesday, will also be allowed to join the action as long as a new CBA is in place.
With only 10 days left until their preseason opener on Aug. 13, the Browns still need to find out exactly what they have. That's hard to do with several key players watching practice from the sidelines. Browns coach Pat Shurmur and his assistants must maximize their time with the players, and changing the schedule should give the coaching staff one more session with its full squad (except for injured players).
The team will also hold its walk-through session at a different time, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday. Walk-through sessions are closed to the public.
The Browns did not practice today.