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Observations from Browns training camp: Aug. 9, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 9, 2010

The Browns practiced from about 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday. Here are my observations from practice:


  • Defensive back Gerard Lawson practiced despite being arrested and charged with driving under the influence this past weekend. Lawson did not talk to reporters after practice.

  • Cornerback Brandon McDonald did not practice. McDonald was in the Browns' training facility receiving treatment during practice, a team spokesman said. McDonald did come outside after practice and talked to reporters about his Twitter controversy. McDonald said he didn't practice because his ankle was bothering him. His right ankle was wrapped.

  • Defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and C.J. Mosley, linebackers David Bowens and Titus Brown and defensive back Coye Francies were sidelined but appeared on the field. Punter Dave Zastudil and rookie running back Montario Hardesty have both been sidelined for a while, and they were not at practice.

  • Defensive linemen Kenyon Coleman and Brian Schaefering and running back Peyton Hillis returned to practice after sitting out recent practices. Hillis missed the most amount of time. He was out for about a week. After practice, Hillis said he was sidelined with a groin injury.

  • Hillis stood out in his return to the field. During an 11-on-11 session, he ran the ball, lowered his shoulder and leveled defensive back Chris Chancellor. A couple of plays later, he made a nice catch against good coverage along the right sideline.

  • Defensive back Mike Adams recovered a fumble during 11-on-11 time. Quarterback Seneca Wallace fumbled.

  • Floyd Womack (guard) and John St. Clair (tackle) formed the right side of the offensive line for the first-team offense. Meanwhile, tackle Tony Pashos left practice for an unknown reason.

  • Wide receiver Bobby Engram dropped a pass from quarterback Brett Ratliff.

  • Hillis played with the first-team offense quite a bit. In some packages, he played tailback while Lawrence Vickers played fullback. In others, Hillis played fullback.

  • Tight end Robert Royal was penalized for a false start. He took off to run his lap almost immediately after the official's yellow flag fell to the ground.

  • Quarterback Jake Delhomme hit Hillis with a long pass down the right sideline.

  • Wide receiver Carlton Mitchell dropped a long, wobbly pass from quarterback Colt McCoy.

  • Linebacker Eric Barton intercepted a pass thrown over the middle by Wallace.

  • Offensive linemen Shawn Lauvao and Billy Yates struggled with their attempts to snap out of the shotgun. They both ran laps after poor snaps, and Alex Mack was brought in to play center, even though the other first-string players were not in at the time.

  • Rookie Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown lined up at cornerback on the outside, and Eric Wright played nickel back.

  • The defense dominated the final portion of practice. Rookie safety T.J. Ward broke up a couple of plays during the sequence. After his players forced several consecutive incomplete passes, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan pumped his fist on the sideline.

  • After 11-on-11 drills were complete, the team ran through a fake field goal. During the play, holder Reggie Hodges (who typically punts) rolled right and threw a pass to offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Thomas got a hand on the ball, but he couldn't haul it in.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson made 5-of-5 field-goal attempts.

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