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Browns coach Pat Shurmur: RB Peyton Hillis, LB Scott Fujita to return to practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2011
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis stands on the sideliine during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Here are some of the highlights:


  • Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) will return to practice today, Shurmur said. "He's a full go," Shurmur said. Hillis, who's pictured to the right, missed practice all last week and sat out this past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. "He's our starting halfback," Shurmur said. "And if he's able to go, he'll be the starter."

  • Linebacker Scott Fujita (concussion) also will return to practice today, Shurmur said. Fujita missed practice all last week and was sidelined against the Seahawks.

  • Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion), tight end Benjamin Watson (concussion) and safety Ray Ventrone (hamstring) won't practice today, Shurmur said.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson (bruised thigh) will practice today, but his kicking will be limited, Shurmur said.

  • Right guard Shawn Lauvao (knee) will practice today, but he'll be limited, Shurmur said. Lauvao left the Browns' game against Seahawks after he suffered the injury late in the first half.

  • Brad Seely is in his first season as the 49ers' special teams coordinator after spending the past two years in the same role with the Browns. Seely was not retained by the Browns after Shurmur succeeded Eric Mangini. "I spoke to Brad Seely like I did with a lot of the coaches on last year's staff, and we visited," Shurmur said. "He felt like he had a good opportunity in San Francisco, and that's where he wanted to go."

  • With Massaquoi's status uncertain, wide receiver Carlton Mitchell will be active against the 49ers, Shurmur said. Mitchell suffered a broken finger during training camp and had surgery to repair it on Aug. 12. Mitchell, a sixth-round draft pick in 2010, has been active in only one game this season. "He's got speed and size and he's healthy now," Shurmur said of Mitchell. "So we'll try to use him."

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