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Observations from Browns training camp: first practice, Aug. 12, 2010

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 12, 2010

The Browns completed their first of two practices today. Here are my observations from this morning's session:


  • The players practiced in full pads.

  • Cornerback Eric Wright was missing in action. He walked off the field during practice Tuesday with an ice pack strapped to his right leg and did not return. But Browns coach Eric Mangini said Wright could return to practice  this evening, and he might play in the Browns' first preseason game of the year Saturday at Green Bay.

  • Offensive lineman Tony Pashos, defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and C.J. Mosley, linebackers David Veikune and David Bowens, defensive back Coye Francies, running back Montario Hardesty and punter Dave Zastudil were also sidelined.

  • Linebacker Titus Brown returned to practice after missing time earlier this week.

  • Offensive tackle John St. Clair was carted off the field, but Mangini later said St. Clair was fine and that he only cramped up. Guard Floyd Womack worked out on an exercise bike toward the end of practice, but he appeared to be OK, too.

  • With inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson out with a pectoral injury, Eric Barton took his spot with the first-team defense. Kaluka Maiava played mostly with the second team, but he rotated with the first team in some packages.

  • With Wright out, cornerbacks Brandon McDonald, Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden rotated in and out with the first-team defense. In the team's nickel defense, Mike Adams continued to line up in Wright's spot at nickel back.

  • Haden and Cribbs returned kickoffs in special-teams drills.

  • During an 11-on-11 session, tight end Alex Smith dropped a pass from quarterback Brett Ratliff in the end zone.

  • Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi ran a lap for a miscue, though I didn't see the offense.

  • Haden broke up a pass thrown by quarterback Jake Delhomme.

  • Safety Ray Ventrone broke up a pass from quarterback Seneca Wallace to tight end Evan Moore in the back corner of the end zone.

  • Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy led the offense to a touchdown during a two-minute drill. From a little beyond the 20-yard line, McCoy hit tight end Alex Smith in the end zone to cap the drive.  Smith made a great catch, grabbing the ball even though he was sandwiched by the double coverage of McDonald and rookie safety T.J. Ward.

  • Linebacker Jason Trusnik had the defensive play of the practice. He tipped a pass thrown by Ratliff, caught it and completed a short interception return for a touchdown.

  • Punter Reggie Hodges, who serves as the holder for extra points and field goals, completed a touchdown pass to tight end Robert Royal on a fake field goal.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson hit 5-of-7 field-goal attempts. Dawson hit five consecutive field goals but missed the last two. One miss hit the right upright, and the other went wide right.

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