The Browns are practicing today before their upcoming bye. They won't play again until they visit the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 16. Coach Pat Shurmur left the entire practice today open to reporters. Here is what you need to know about the session:
Wide receiver Josh Cribbs (sprained knee), cornerback Joe Haden (sprained knee) and center Alex Mack (appendectomy on Monday) did not practice today. Cribbs and Haden worked out inside the Browns' training facility while the rest of the team practiced outside, Shurmur said. Mack was still in the hospital as of early this afternoon, but Shurmur said he expects Mack to be released soon. "Surgery went well," Shurmur said. "He's resting comfortably. One of the first things he asked for was his grade sheet from Sunday. He's back getting himself back mentally. We'll see how he does as we move forward. Too early to speculate as to his availability for Oakland." Shurmur said he's hopeful all of the aforementioned players will be ready to face the Raiders. "I'm not ruling any of them out right now," Shurmur said.
Linebacker Titus Brown (ankle) warmed up with the team, but he did not practice. Running back Xavier Omon, who's on the practice squad, was absent because his girlfriend is having a baby, Shurmur said.
With Mack absent, Steve Vallos and John Greco rotated at center with the first-team offense.
With Haden sidelined, Dimitri Patterson played cornerback with the first-team defense. When the Browns switched to their nickel defense, Patterson moved to the slot, and Buster Skrine played on the outside. Undrafted rookie James Dockery also took reps with the first unit because fellow cornerback Sheldon Brown (groin) was limited in practice.