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Browns training camp snapshot: 5-year-old cancer survivor steals show, Richardson to practice Monday

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 3, 2013

The Browns held their ninth full-squad practice of training camp tonight during their annual Family Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Below is a glance at what happened.

Storylines: Ryan Encinas, 5, of Cuyahoga Falls stole the show by capping Family Night with an inspirational, 40-yard touchdown run. Encinas was selected to participate in the event by The Littlest Heroes, a nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of children with cancer and their families. A tumor was discovered on Encinas’ left lung at age 2, but he celebrated two years of remission Aug. 2. “This is one of the highest highs we’ve had during this entire ordeal,” Ryan’s dad, Robert Encinas, said. “To see him out there running with the Cleveland Browns is one of the greatest experiences of our lives.” As for the practice Encinas overshadowed, there were only a handful of highlights for the offense and many more for the defense. Incomplete passes, drops and other gaffes caused Chudzinski to concede that the offense is not “clicking yet.” In other words, the Browns have plenty of work to do in the preseason, and the exhibition opener is scheduled for Thursday night against the visiting St. Louis Rams. Click here for an overview of Family Night. … Chudzinski said running back Trent Richardson will return to practice Monday as expected, but he said he hasn’t decided whether the third overall pick in last year's draft will play against the Rams. "We’re going to work him back into practice on Monday and we’ll go from there," Chudzinski said. Richardson sat out the past two practices after being kicked in the right shin. Richardson missed part of organized team activities in May and the team’s entire three-day mandatory minicamp in June with a strained muscle in the same shin.

Position battles: Chudzinski wanted to see kickers Brandon Bogotay and Shayne Graham duel in the stadium for the first time, and practice started with a showdown between the two. Bogotay, a rookie, made all six field-goal attempts during the drill, connecting from 28, 33, 41, 46, 49 and 53 yards. Graham, a 12-year veteran, made 5-of-6 attempts from the same distances. He missed a 53-yard try short and wide left. Bogotay later blasted several kickoffs to the back of the end zone. “We’ve been trying to put them in situations like that in practice and then being able to do that in the stadium, the dueling kickers theme, I guess that we’ve had every other day in some form or fashion,” Chudzinski said. “We’re trying to put them in those situations, to create that type of pressure on them and obviously coming down here to the stadium in front of the fans was a good opportunity for them as well.” … Fullback Owen Marecic received reps with the first-team offense for the first time since camp started. … Chris Owens lined up at cornerback with the first-team defense opposite Joe Haden. … Johnson Bademosi and Josh Aubrey took the majority of reps at free safety and strong safety, respectively, with the first unit. Bademosi filled in for free safety Tashaun Gipson, who was limited in team drills with a sprained shoulder. Aubrey replaced strong safety T.J. Ward, who sat out with a sore hamstring. … John Greco and Shawn Lauvao worked at left and right guard, respectively, with the first-team offense. Jason Pinkston worked at right guard with the second unit. … Running backs Chris Ogbonnaya and Dion Lewis practiced with the first-team offense while Trent Richardson sat out with an injured right shin. … Bademosi and cornerback Buster Skrine fielded kickoffs.

Highlights: Running back Brandon Jackson broke loose for a long run off the left side during team drills. Jason Pinkston delivered a key kick-out block to spring Jackson. … In pass rush drills, Jackson knocked linebacker James-Michael Johnson back and against a trashcan, which represented a lineman. … Nose tackle Phil Taylor knocked down Lewis in a team drill and immediately celebrated his hit. … Skrine broke up a pass that quarterback Jason Campbell intended for wide receiver Jordan Norwood on an out route. … Wide receiver Tori Gurley jumped and held onto a pass from Campbell as Skrine took out his legs. … Inside linebacker Craig Robertson broke free on a blitz up the middle. … Quarterback Brian Hoyer connected with tight end Kellen Davis for a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone. … Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo couldn't get past Davis in pass rush drill, but he used an inside move to zoom by tight end Travis Tannahill. In a team drill, Mingo flew by Aaron Adams off the edge. … Browns owner Jimmy Haslam chatted with General Manager Mike Lombardi on the field before practice. He spent the first 45 minutes on the sideline, talking to Richardson and CEO Joe Banner before leaving the field. … The announced attendance for Family Night was 24,131. That surpasses the total for each of the two previous years.

Injuries: Ward (hamstring), Richardson (right shin), wide receiver David Nelson (right knee), running back Montario Hardesty (hamstring), cornerback Trevin Wade (undisclosed), safety Jamoris Slaughter (hamstring), fullback Brock Bolen (calf), tight end Brad Smelley (hamstring) and offensive linemen Ryan Miller (concussion), Chris Faulk (knee), Jarrod Shaw (undisclosed) and Oniel Cousins (ankle) sat out. … Defensive end Billy Winn appeared to hurt his left hip area, but he continued to practice.

Sunday’s schedule: No practice. The next session is set to run from 4-6:30 p.m. Monday and is open to the public, weather permitting. For updates, call 877-627-6967.


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