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Practice notes: Browns RB Peyton Hillis sidelined again, TE Benjamin Watson returns to action

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 28, 2011

The Browns (3-3) practiced today in preparation for their road game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (5-1). Reporters were allowed to watch about 30 minutes of practice. Here's what you need to know about the open session:


  • Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) missed practiced for the second consecutive day. Hillis aggravated his left hamstring when he practiced Wednesday, coach Pat Shurmur said. Hillis originally pulled his hamstring Oct. 16 against the Oakland Raiders.

  • Tight end Benjamin Watson returned to practice today after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a concussion he suffered this past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Watson took reps with the first-team offense.

  • Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who also suffered a concussion against the Seahawks, sat out for the third consecutive day. Safety Ray Ventrone (hamstring) and linebacker Kaluka Maiava (knee) also did not practice today. Ventrone has been dealing with his injury for a couple of weeks. Maiava left practice Thursday after hurting his knee and watched practice today from the sidelines.

  • Right guard Shawn Lauvao (knee) continued to take reps with the first-team offense after returning to team drills Thursday. Wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, who has been active for only one game this season, also took reps with the starters, a sign he could receive a decent amount of playing time if Massaquoi is out.

  • The status of all the injured players should become more clear later today. Shurmur is scheduled to meet with reporters at 1 p.m., and the injury report is usually released at about 4 p.m.

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