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Practice notes: Browns limp into day off with more injuries

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 26, 2011
Cleveland Browns linebacker Titus Brown runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Browns conducted a walk-through session this afternoon to correct the mistakes they made in their 24-14 exhibition loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. The players are off Saturday. They'll resume practice Sunday in preparation for their preseason finale against the Chicago Bears. Here's what you need to know about the team's most recent practice:

  • Missing with injuries: Backup middle linebacker Titus Brown suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Eagles, coach Pat Shurmur said. Brown, who is pictured above, was not on the field during the walk through. Like Brown, left guard Eric Steinbach (back), running back Brandon Jackson (toe), strong safety Eric Hagg (left knee surgery) and defensive end Jabari Fletcher (right knee) did not appear on the field. Shurmur offered the following explanation about Steinbach's status: "He's dealing with a back issue, a disc. At this point, he's going through some treatments that we're hoping we'll get him back. There's no real final call yet on whether he'll be back or not, or when actually." Shurmur also said Jackson does not have a broken toe, but he is in a cast. He said Jackson will "be out for an extended period."

  • Wounded but watching: Meanwhile, wide receiver Jordan Norwood (knee) and defensive end Marcus Benard (sore shoulder) joined the team's long list of injured players by working out on exercise bikes during the beginning of the session. The following players remained sidelined but appeared on the field during the walk through: wide receivers Josh Cribbs (hamstring) and Mohamed Massaquoi (left foot), strong safety T.J. Ward (hamstring), free safety Usama Young (hamstring), weakside linebacker Chris Gocong (pinched nerve), cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), wide receiver Carlton Mitchell (finger surgery), linebacker Steven Octavien (unspecified). Shurmur said it's his understanding that Massaquoi will return to practice next week, and he expects Young to participate again "very, very soon." Offensive lineman Tony Pashos and defensive tackle Travis Ivey worked out on the side with trainer and some of their injured teammates toward the end of the walk through. Branndon Braxton replaced Pashos at right tackle with the first-team offense.

  • Looking good: Starting right guard Shawn Lauvao participated during the entire walk through and appeared to be fine as he jogged on the field. During the local TV broadcast of Thursday's game, Lauvao was said to have gone to the X-ray room. As for undrafted rookie linebacker Archie Donald, he fully participated in the walk through and even ran through some light drills after suffering a stinger against the Eagles.

  • Responding well: Running back Montario Hardesty also fully participated in the walk through after making his 2011 preseason debut Thursday night. His surgically repaired left knee (torn ACL last September) appears to have responded well following his return.

  • Undecided: Shurmur said he has not decided whether the starters will play at all next week against the Bears. "In terms of the starters, we haven't decided yet on who's playing," Shurmur said. "And there are some positions where we're trying to find a starter. So I'm not trying to evasive, but we haven't really decided yet how we're gonna do that."

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