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Kicker Phil Dawson, defensive tackle Phil Taylor among Browns players missing practice

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 6, 2012

Kicker Phil Dawson and defensive tackle Phil Taylor are among four Browns players who were absent today during the 10-minute portion of practice open to the media.

Coach Pat Shurmur said he excused both players from practice and they're OK.

"All's good with them," Shurmur said. "The Phils are fine."

Dawson made all five of his field-goal attempts Sunday in the Browns’ 25-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Taylor made his 2012 debut Sunday after missing the first eight games of the season while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.

Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) didn’t practice, either. Both of them were sidelined Sunday.

Wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and Josh Cooper (thigh) practiced despite dealing with injuries. Massaquoi limped off the field Sunday with about four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and did not return. He missed the previous five games with an injured hamstring. Cooper was inactive Sunday.

Nominated again

Running back Trent Richardson is a finalist for the Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week award. Fans can vote at NFL.com/rookies until 3 p.m. Friday.

Richardson, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, had 25 carries for 105 yards (4.2 average) to go along with six catches for 31 yards against the Ravens.

Richardson was also nominated for the same award the previous week, when he had 24 carries for 122 yards (5.1 average) and a touchdown in the Browns' 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers.

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