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Rogers, Zastudil, Barton at OTAs, Dawson absent

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 17, 2010

Punter Dave Zastudil (leg) and linebacker Eric Barton (neck) reported to the start of Browns' off-season training activities but were not allowed to participate in drills, according to general manager Tom Heckert.

Also participating was nose tackle Shaun Rogers, arrested April 1 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on gun charges.

But the Browns' five unsigned restricted free agents -- linebacker Matt Roth, fullback Lawrence Vickers, running back Jerome Harrison, safety Abe Elam and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson -- were not in attendance. Also missing was kicker Phil Dawson.

Dawson has been seeking a new contract for over a year. He was the only kicker in training camp last summer, which likely contributed to a calf injury that caused him to miss five games in 2009.

Asked about Dawson's absence, Heckert said, ''It's not mandatory.''


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