Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters this afternoon during his post-practice news conference. Here are some highlights from his chat with reporters:
Starting offensive right tackle Tony Pashos wasn't on the practice field during the early portion of practice open to reporters. But Pashos stretched with the team as it wrapped up practice. He had a walking boot on his left leg. "He's got a sore foot," Shurmur said. "We're just letting it settle down, which is not uncommon. Those boots are magical sometimes, so I wouldn't read into that yet. He's just got a sore foot that's settling down."
As expected, veteran offensive lineman Artis Hicks, who signed a one-year deal with the Browns today, is a candidate to start at left guard, Shurmur said. However, rookie Jason Pinkston continued to work with the first-team offense during practice today, Shurmur said. A starter has yet to be named. "Right now, we've got Jason in there, but we'll see," Shurmur said. "There's a little bit of work left to do as we get ready to play, and I'm really not saying right now who the starters are."
Tight end Benjamin Watson (hip) sat out today, but he is expected to return to practice Wednesday, Shurmur said. "I'm anticipating he'll be out there Wednesday," Shurmur said. "We were hoping he might be out here today. But he's improving to the point where I'm anticipating he'll be there Wednesday."
Linebacker Chris Gocong (pinched nerve in neck) also was sidelined today. "I'm hoping (he'll be back soon), but again, I don't know," Shurmur said. "His is a situation where he'll get better quickly, so we'll see."