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Locked-out Browns players heading to Austin, Texas, to train

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 21, 2011
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (11) fights off Carolina Panthers linebacker Jason Williams (54) after catching a pass from Cleveland Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme (17) during second quarter action in their NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

It's been known for some time that several Browns players were planning to work out together during the NFL's lockout. But now they're actually putting their agenda into motion.

Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi posted the following message on Twitter this morning: "Airport bound to Austin, Tx for some pitch & catch w/ @ColtMcCoy @C_Mitch18 @jordaNorwood @JoshCribbs16 and the rest of my Browns brothers!"

Translation: Browns quarterback Colt McCoy will practice with Massaquoi, fellow wide receivers Carlton Mitchell, Jordan Norwood, Joshua Cribbs and others. During the past few weeks in separate interviews with the Beacon Journal, Cribbs and tight end Evan Moore said McCoy was organizing workouts for the Browns' offense and planning to conduct them in mid-April.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert was encouraged when told about the players' meeting during a news conference this morning at the team's headquarters.

"I think it's great," Heckert said. "To be honest with you, I don't know how things were in the past, but when we were in Philadelphia, that happened anyway. It happened right before we had offseason conditioning, and even during the offseason conditioning when guys didn't want to come back to Philadelphia, they would go and they would hang out in Arizona. They would go around and work out. I think it's probably more publicized now. Obviously, it's nice to hear. If they do it, great. If they don't, I don't think it's a big deal. They'll be ready when they come back. We'll have time."

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