Browns kicker Billy Cundiff began kicking this morning as the 30-minute portion of practice open to the media ended.
Cundiff strained his right quadriceps this past weekend during his fourth kickoff in a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He did not practice the past two days, but he returned to action today to prepare himself for Sunday when the Browns (1-2) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1).
After Cundiff was hurt, punter Spencer Lanning kicked an extra point and took control of the kickoff duties. Lanning was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after punting, kicking and throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron on a fake field goal against the Vikings.
Outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee) and Quentin Groves (high-ankle sprain) remained sidelined and will likely be ruled out today against the Bengals. Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday by filling in for Sheard on the right side of defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s 3-4 scheme.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained right thumb) and defensive end Billy Winn (strained quadriceps) were also sidelined. Weeden has already been ruled out for Sunday, and Brian Hoyer has been named the starting quarterback for Week 4.
Weeden, though, was on the field without the black brace on his throwing hand that he had been wearing since injuring it Sept. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens. During the open portion of practice, Weeden practiced dropping back without a ball in hand, though coach Rob Chudzinski said he expected Weeden to begin throwing this week.