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Practice notes: Browns OL Tony Pashos on verge of making 2011 regular-season debut

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 30, 2011

The Browns practiced today in preparation for their home game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Reporters were allowed to watch about the first 15 minutes and the about the last 15 minutes of practice. Here is what you need to know about the open periods:

  • Tony Pashos continued to work at right tackle with the starting offensive line. He did the same on Thursday. Pashos, who's pictured to the right, was inactive with an injured left ankle in the first three games. With Pashos consistently practicing with the starters, he appears to be on the brink of making his 2011 regular-season debut against the Titans. "Unless something sets him back here in the next day or two, he'll probably play and start," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said after practice. ... "He's an old pro, and I think he gives us some size and actually does a nice job in pass protection as well." In previous weeks, Pashos had worked with the second-team offense during practice and ultimately ended up being inactive each Sunday. "I'm trying to put that in the rearview mirror right now," Pashos said. "You don't enter in this business to watch it. Being forced to watch it is tough to do. But it's a violent game. It's not for everybody, and a lot of injuries happen along the way. You've gotta be able to surround yourself with the best people, the best staff and rise above that." Artis Hicks and Oniel Cousins rotated at right tackle in Pashos' absence. "It's exciting," right guard Shawn Lauvao said. "Tony is a hell of a player. It makes me feel more comfortable. Artis and Oniel are both good players, but (Tony) is who I played next to most of the preseason. So I'm more familiar with his style of play and how we can kind of jell together. It also brings back leadership and all the qualities that make you want to play better."

  • All of the team's players known to be dealing with injuries practiced for the third consecutive day. They were Pashos (ankle), cornerback Sheldon Brown (groin), linebacker Titus Brown (ankle), wide receiver Josh Cribbs (groin), strong safety Eric Hagg (knee), wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (ankle), offensive lineman Joe Thomas (knee), linebacker Chris Gocong (groin), running back Peyton Hillis (illness), wide receiver Carlton Mitchell (finger) and defensive tackle Phil Taylor (knee).


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