Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some highlights from the news conference:
Running back Peyton Hillis has a strained left hamstring, Shurmur said. Hillis is not expected to practice today, but he might return to practice in the next couple of days. "There's a possibility," Shurmur said when asked if Hillis could practice in the next day or two. "We'll see how he improves as he moves forward. I think he's gonna do some light running today just to see where he's at, but you want see him out there on scrimmage downs." This evening, a team spokesman said Hillis did not do light running today as planned. Instead, he "worked inside" the team's headquarters with trainers, the spokesman said. Hillis suffered the injury in the first quarter this past Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Shurmur said it's too early to determine Hillis' status for the Browns' upcoming game against the Seahawks. Shurmur said the same about linebacker Scott Fujita (concussion), cornerback Joe Haden (knee) and safety Ray Ventrone (hamstring).
Fujita was sent home today as he deals with symptoms from a concussion he suffered against the Raiders, Shurmur said.
Haden (knee) is "making progress steadily," Shurmur said. "He's gonna do more than he did last week. He'll do some things, but I can't tell you exactly how much he'll do in practice."
Ventrone (hamstring) will practice today, Shurmur said.
On Tuesday, the Browns signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya off the Houston Texans' practice squad and waived undrafted rookie running back Armond Smith. "Not sure of Peyton's availability as we move forward, we felt a need to go get a guy that has logged more time in the league than Armond at this point," Shurmur said. "That's why we did it."
Shurmur said he talked to Josh Cribbs about the comments the latter made after the Browns lost to the Raiders. Cribbs said his role on offense is "very insignificant" and he would be able to better serve the team if he focused solely on special teams and returned to coverage units. "We talked about the game," Shurmur said. "We talked about what was written. I read it. We talked about as we move forward. We had a nice talk, good talk." Will Cribbs' role change against the Seahawks? "We'll see," Shurmur said. "Some of that's strategy."