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Practice notes: T.J. Ward, Usama Young, Josh Cribbs and Jordan Norwood return

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 29, 2011

The Browns practiced this afternoon in preparation for Thursday's preseason finale against the Chicago Bears. Here's what you need to know about the team's most recent practice:


  • Back to practice: Strong safety T.J. Ward (hamstring), free safety Usama Young (hamstring) and wide receivers Josh Cribbs (hamstring) and Jordan Norwood (knee) returned to practice today. Even though Ward and Young came back, the Browns are bringing them along slowly. Ward took some reps with the first-team defense, but Ray Ventrone got the majority of them. Young did some work in position drills, but he sat out during team drills. Mike Adams continued to fill the starting spot at free safety. For the second day in a row, wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Carlton Mitchell and cornerback Dimitri Patterson practiced. All three participated in team drills.

  • Wounded but watching: Weakside linebacker Chris Gocong (pinched nerve) and defensive tackle Travis Ivey (unspecified) sat out with injuries, but they were on the field watching practice. Both players worked out on exercise bikes, and Gocong did some light running on the side.

  • Missing: Tight end Benjamin Watson (leg), left guard Eric Steinbach (back), running back Brandon Jackson (toe), linebacker Titus Brown (ankle) and rookie strong safety Eric Hagg (knee surgery) were not at practice.

  • Practice highlights and lowlights: Kicker Phil Dawson made field goals of 55 and 62 yards. ... Tight end Evan Moore made a one-handed catch over the middle. ... A pass deflected off Mitchell's hands, and cornerback Sheldon Brown picked it off. ... Quarterback Colt McCoy threw a pass more than 50 yards to rookie wide receiver Greg Little, who made the catch despite coverage from cornerbacks Carl Gettis and James Dockery. ... Rookie tight end Jordan Cameron made a leaping catch between the coverage of weakside linebacker Kaluka Maiava and Gettis. ... The first-team offense's two-minute drill ended when Adams tipped a pass from McCoy, and cornerback Joe Haden intercepted it. ... The second-team offense's two-minute drill ended with a series of laterals but no touchdown.

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