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Observations from Friday's first practice at Browns minicamp

By Nate Ulrich Published: June 11, 2010

Here are some of the notes I took during the first practice of Browns minicamp Friday in Berea. The team will practice again today, starting at 3:45 p.m.:


  • The situation of the Browns' restricted free agents appears to be the same as yesterday. Fullback Lawrence Vickers and running back Jerome Harrison practiced. Linebackers D'Qwell Jackson, Matt Roth and safety Abe Elam were still absent.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson practiced for the second consecutive day after boycotting organized team activities during the past few weeks.

  • Cornerback Eric Wright and safety T.J. Ward spent practice on the sideline talking to each other. Yesterday, Browns coach Eric Mangini said they both "tightened up" and were held out of practice for precautionary reasons. Ward held a helmet but spent most of the morning with it off. Wright had a towel draped over his neck.

  • Running back Peyton Hillis was not on the practice field. Mangini said he's been ill.

  • Tight end Evan Moore appears to be injured. He participated in light workouts with the following players who are also injured: defensive linemen Shaun Rogers, C.J. Mosley, Keith Grennan, defensive back Benjamin Burney, receiver Jake Allen punter Dave Zastudil.

  • Early in the practice during a 7-on-7 drill, receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and Vickers dropped passes from Jake Delhomme on consecutive plays.

  • After throwing three interceptions yesterday, quarterback Seneca Wallace looked better. He threw touchdown passes to receiver Johnathan Haggerty, who made a really nice catch over a defender, and Joshua Cribbs. Haggerty had a couple more impressive catches.

  • Delhomme connected with receiver Brian Robiskie for three touchdowns.  He also hit running back Montario Hardesty, receiver Syndric Steptoe and Massaquoi with touchdown passes.

  • During a goal-line play, guard Eric Steinbach went out for a pass, but Wallace didn't throw his way.

  • Defensive back Matt Harris batted down a pass thrown by Wallace.

  • Remember, it's only June and several projected starters are either injured or skipping minicamp. With that in mind, the following players formed the first-team defense: Robaire Smith (DE), Ahtyba Rubin (DT), Kenyon Coleman (DE), Scott Fujita (OLB), David Veikune (ILB), Chris Gocong (ILB), David Bowens (OLB), Sheldon Brown (CB), Ray Ventrone (S), Mike Adams (S) and Joe Haden (CB).

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