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Browns training camp snapshot: Shawn Lauvao carted off with injured ankle, Trent Richardson returns

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 5, 2013

The Browns held their 10th full-squad practice of training camp today. Below is a glance at what happened.

Storylines: Right guard Shawn Lauvao was carted off the field today in the final half-hour of practice with an injured left ankle. Lauvao suffered the injury while nose tackle Phil Taylor bull-rushed him during a one-on-one pass rush drill. As Lauvao moved backward, he lifted his left leg and collapsed to the ground. He remained there on his knees with his helmet in the grass until two trainers helped him onto a cart. He did not put weight on his left leg while being to the cart. In his post-practice news conference, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said he did not know the severity of the injury. Lauvao has taken the majority of the first-team reps at right guard while John Greco has done the same at left guard throughout training camp. Jason Pinkston will fill Lauvao’s spot with the first unit. The majority of Pinkston’s reps during camp have been with the second-team offense, at both left and right guard, but he has spent some time with the first unit, too. Pinkston started the first 22 games of his career at left guard until a blood clot in his lung was discovered in October, ending his season after the Browns’ sixth game. Pinkston returned to action during organized team activities in May and believes he’ll be ready for full-time duty by the team’s Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins. “Absolutely,” Pinkston said. “We still have a couple weeks before we actually play, so I still have some things that I can work on, and I think there’s enough time for me to get those done and accomplished before we do open up with Miami.” Pinkston said he talked to Lauvao after he suffered the injury. “He thought he was all right,” Pinkston said. “He said, ‘I’m fine. I just twisted my ankle a little bit.’ Hopefully it’s not [serious], but you never know. They’ve got to look at it still and do whatever they do. They’re the doctors.” … Running back Trent Richardson returned to practice today and was limited in team drills after sitting out the previous two sessions with a sore right shin. Richardson said he was kicked in the shin, the same one in which he suffered a strained muscle during OTAs in May. Chudzinski said he has not decided whether Richardson will play in the Browns’ preseason opener Thursday against the visiting St. Louis Rams. Richardson had a carry in an 11-on-11, goal-line drill and two more carries in a regular team drill. He looked sharp while running and cutting. “We just wanted to work him back in,” Chudzinski said. “Again, we’re going to be smart with him. We have a plan for him from a general sense, and we want him to be able to work, to get better and be able to come out here on a daily basis through training camp.

Position battles: Strong safety T.J. Ward returned to action after missing the previous three practices with a sore hamstring. He participated in individual drills but not team drills. With Ward limited, Johnson Bademosi worked at strong safety with the first unit alongside free safety Tashaun Gipson. … Kicker Shayne Graham started practice by making 6-of-6 field-goal attempts. He later capped a two-minute drill for the first-team offense by making a 53-yard field goal. Kicker Brandon Bogotay then made a 52-yard field goal to finish a two-minute drill for the second-team offense. … Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo worked with the first unit in goal-line team drills. … Cornerback Chris Owens lined up opposite Joe Haden in the first-team defense’s base package. … Running backs Dion Lewis and Brandon Jackson and wide receivers Travis Benjamin and Jordan Norwood took turns catching kickoffs.

Highlights: In goal-line drills, quarterback Brandon Weeden connected with fullback Owen Marecic on an out route for a touchdown, and quarterback Jason Campbell hit undrafted rookie tight end Travis Tannahill with a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. During the same session, undrafted rookie strong safety Josh Aubrey tackled undrafted rookie running back Miguel Maysonet for a loss. … In two-minute drills, Weeden threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davone Bess with Owens in coverage, and quarterback Brian Hoyer connected with wide receiver Josh Cooper for a 6-yard touchdown. The touchdown from Weeden to Bess came two plays after wide receiver Josh Gordon dropped a would-be touchdown pass from Weeden. … In an 11-on-11 drill, Bademosi deflected a pass from Weeden that was intended for tight end Jordan Cameron, and cornerback Joe Haden intercepted it. … Weeden threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Little, who was wide open during the play. … Cooper dived to catch a pass from Campbell. Norwood then made a sliding grab on a pass from Campbell. … Weeden completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Cameron, who finished the play by diving into the front corner of the end zone. … After Hoyer completed a pass to Benjamin, cornerback Buster Skrine ripped the ball away. … Weeden completed a 5-yard touchdown to Lewis with linebacker Tank Carder in coverage. … Hoyer connected with Norwood and tight end Kellen Davis for short touchdowns on out routes.

Injuries: Ward (hamstring), running back Trent Richardson (right shin), rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter (hamstring) and cornerback Trevin Wade (undisclosed injury) returned to practice after missing time. They all were limited, though Richardson had three carries in team drills, including one in a goal-line situation. … Wide receiver David Nelson (knee), running back Montario Hardesty (hamstring), fullback Brock Bolen (calf), tight end Brad Smelley (hamstring) and offensive linemen Ryan Miller (concussion), Chris Faulk (knee) and Oniel Cousins (ankle) sat out.

Tuesday’s schedule: Practice from 4-6:30 p.m. For updates, call 877-627-6967.


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