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Practice notes: RG Shawn Lauvao moving well despite injured right knee

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 26, 2011
Cleveland Browns guard Shawn Lauvao leaves after an injury in the second quarter in an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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:

  • When right guard Shawn Lauvao left Cleveland Browns Stadium on crutches Sunday night, he appeared to be devastated. But Lauvao's injured right knee might not keep him sidelined for long. Wearing a large brace on his right leg, Lauvao, who's pictured above, ran through some individual drills today during practice and moved well as he simulated pulling. With Lauvao limited, Artis Hicks (back) returned to practice and rotated with John Greco at right guard in team drills. Coach Pat Shurmur said Lauvao would still be the team's starting right guard when he's healthy enough to play. Earlier this week, Shurmur said an MRI indicated Lauvao has a bruised knee.

  • Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and linebacker Scott Fujita (concussion) returned to practice as expected.

  • Tight end Benjamin Watson (concussion), wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion) and safety Ray Ventrone (hamstring) didn't practice, but all of them were on the field watching.

  • Kicker Phil Dawson (bruised thigh) was at practice, but he only watched from the sideline during the open portion.

  • Left tackle Joe Thomas (strained glute) practiced and participated in team drills.

  • Cornerbacks Joe Haden (knee) and Buster Skrine (hip) continued to practice.

  • Quarterback Colt McCoy practiced and appeared to be fine despite limping some this past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.


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