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Gary Baxter sighting at Browns training camp

By Stephanie Storm Published: August 16, 2010

Towards the end of Browns camp Monday, a familiar face showed up to greet the players - former Browns defender  Gary Baxter.

Although it wasn't clear why the retired defensive back decided to stop by camp, he was welcomed by many players who had either played with or even against him over the  years.

In 2005, Baxter signed a six-year, $30 million free agent contract with the Browns that included a $10.5 million signing bonus. But his career in Cleveland was injury-plagued, including a torn pectoral muscle that caused him to miss 11 games during the 2005 season.

The biggest blow, however, came on Oct. 22, 2006 when he tore the patella tendons in both knees in a game against Denver.

Baxter returned to practice the following year on July 30, 2007, but n limited capacity.  On October 23, 2007, the Browns placed Baxter on injured reserve. He was released by the Browns on August 9, 2008.

Current Browns players Robert Royal, Mike Adams and  Ben Watson were among the group that welcomed Baxter with hugs and slaps on the back.

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