Washington Redskins guard Artis Hicks (75) helps up kicker Graham Gano (4) after Gano's extra point kick was botched during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Tampa Bay defeated the Redskins 17-16. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
The Browns practiced this morning in preparation for their Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Reporters were only allowed to watch the first 15 minutes of practice. Here is what you need to know about the open period:
- The Browns signed veteran offensive lineman Artis Hicks today, the team announced. It's a one-year deal, a league source confirmed. An agreement was reached Sunday night. The Browns waived offensive lineman Pat Murray to make room for Hicks, who's pictured to the left. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Hicks practiced this morning and wore No. 75. He has started 68 of the 109 regular-season games in which he has appeared. His starts have been at left tackle (eight), left guard (27), right guard (30) and right tackle (three). He is expected to compete for the Browns' starting job at left guard. Last season, he started 10 games at right guard for the Washington Redskins. He lost his starting job with the Redskins and never regained it after suffering a groin injury.
- Offensive lineman Tony Pashos missed the portion of practice open to media. The reason is unknown.
- Defensive tackle Brian Schaefering missed practice because of personal reasons, a team spokesman said.
- Tight end Benjamin Watson (hip) and linebacker Chris Gocong (pinched nerve) worked outside with a trainer while the rest of the team practiced in the field house.
- Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, linbacker Quinton Spears and defensive end Emmanuel Stephens, all of whom were claimed off waivers by the Browns on Sunday, practiced.
- Wide receivers Carlton Mitchell (finger surgery on Aug. 12) and Mohamed Massaquoi (left foot) continued to practice.
- Browns play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan was back in Berea to watch practice. Donovan had a bone marrow transplant a few months ago to battle leukemia.
- Browns coach Pat Shurmur said George Perles, his former college coach at Michigan State University, is expected to visit team's facility today.