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Mangini downplays Dawson's absence

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 19, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini didn't seem overly upset over kicker Phil Dawson's decision to skip this week's off-season training activities.

Dawson, who has been seeking a raise from his $1 million salary in 2009-10, did not participate last year, either.

Asked if Shaun Suisham, the former Redskins and Cowboys kicker signed on Monday, would get a chance to compete for the job, Mangini said, ''We have to get to 80 by time traininng camp starts. As each restricted guy or rookie signs, we have to release somebody. How the final configuration of the 80 turns out, I'm not sure. We have Reggie Hodges, who also punted for us last year. Whether we'll keep all four ... it's nice for each one we do have has the opportunity to punt and kick during this block of time.''

Punter Dave Zastudil is rehabbing from knee surgery and is not participating in drills.

Dawson has been with the Browns since 1999 and excelled in tough conditions in Cleveland and during road games in Buffalo.

''Phil does a really good job in tough environments to kick,'' Mangini said. ''It's so unpredictable week in and week out, dramatic shifts in temperature, precipitation. He's done a nice job over the course of his career.''

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