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Browns training camp snapshot: WR Josh Gordon pulled from team drills because of patellar tendinitis

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 29, 2013

The Browns held their fifth full-squad practice of training camp today. Below is a glance at what unfolded.

Storylines: Josh Gordon, the team’s No. 1 wide receiver, was pulled out of team drills because he’s dealing with patellar tendinitis in his knee, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He started out, tried to push through it, but we pulled him and sat him down for the rest of practice,” Chudzinski said. “I’m not concerned about it. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal.” The NFL suspended Gordon for the first two games of the regular season for violating its substance-abuse policy. Gordon said he failed a drug test as a result of prescribed cough medicine that contained codeine, which the NFL classifies as a banned substance. Chudzinski said there wasn’t a specific incident in practice that caused Gordon to suffer patellar tendinitis. “No, it had been bothering him,” Chudzinski said. When asked whether Gordon will undergo an MRI, Chudzinski said, “We’ll see about that. Again, I’m not concerned about it. It doesn’t look to be too serious, but I’ll let you know tomorrow on that. And obviously as far as reps, we want our guys to get as many reps as possible.” At one point early in practice, a coach yelled at Gordon to finish a drill with hustle, but he walked. Chudzinski said it was because of the patellar tendinitis. … The Browns worked on their two-minute drill for the first time since camp started last week. Quarterback Brandon Weeden completed passes of 21 and 15 yards to wide receiver Travis Benjamin to set up Shayne Graham’s successful 43-yard field goal, which capped the first-team offense’s opening drive. During the second-team offense’s first try, quarterback Jason Campbell completed a 36-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who beat the coverage of cornerback Abdul Kennah. Brandon Bogotay then made a 48-yard field goal to get his rep in. During the first-team offense’s second attempt, Weeden led the team inside the 10-yard line. But on third-and-goal on the 7, cornerback Chris Owens intercepted a pass from Weeden in the end zone. Quarterback Brian Hoyer orchestrated the second-team offense’s second try. On third-and-9 on the 14, Hoyer fired a pass into heavy traffic that was deflected and intercepted by undrafted rookie safety Kent Richardson.

Position battles: With Tashaun Gipson sitting out with a sprained shoulder, Johnson Bademosi took the reps with the first-team defense. … With defensive end Desmond Bryant sidelined with an injured back, Billy Winn worked with the first unit. … Nose tackle Phil Taylor took his first reps in team drills since camp started, but he was limited as he continues to recover from a strained calf. Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and John Hughes took reps with the first-team defense while Taylor rested. … Owens practiced with the first unit opposite cornerback Joe Haden. … John Greco and Shawn Lauvao continued to work at left and right guard, respectively, with the first-team offense. Meanwhile, Jason Pinkston spent time at right guard with the second unit. … T.J. Conley punted with the first team, followed by Spencer Lanning.

Highlights: Wide receiver Greg Little leaped to make an impressive catch from Weeden on a post route in team drills. … Cornerback Joe Haden broke up a deep pass from Weeden to Little in team drills. … Inside linebacker Craig Robertson intercepted a pass from Weeden that was intended for running back Dion Lewis on an out route. … Weeden connected with Little and tight end Jordan Cameron for touchdowns in red-zone team drills. … Hoyer threw a touchdown pass over the middle to tight end Kellen Davis during an 11-on-11, red-zone drill.

Injuries: Running back Montario Hardesty (hamstring), rookie free safety Jamoris Slaughter (hamstring), fullback Brock Bolen (calf), offensive linemen Ryan Miller (concussion), Chris Faulk (knee) and Oniel Cousins (ankle) remained idle along with Gipson (shoulder) and Bryant (back).

Tuesday’s schedule: No practice. The next practice is scheduled to run from 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. For updates, call 877-627-6967.

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