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Rough week for Heiden

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 21, 2009

Easing back into full contact after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery on Dec. 18, Browns tight end Steve Heiden dropped four passes in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Two snuffed a situational series on Wednesday led by quarterback Brady Quinn, one coming on fourth down.

Starting his 11th season, Heiden said he needs more practice time after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a Monday night game at Philadelphia.

''It's a product of me having to get back into it,'' Heiden said of the drops. ''I just need more reps. I think that's part of my downfall every camp. I think I can just step back in and jump in where I left off and that doesn't happen.''

Heiden said his knee is doing well as the coaching staff has eased him back into action.

''They've treated me right,'' he said. ''It's a process and I'm building on it. It's doing well.''

Browns coach Eric Mangini seems to understand.

''Guys are going to have different types of days and the important thing is how you come back from it,'' Mangini said. ''What we know with Steve is he'll work at it and assess anything that may not have gone the way he wanted and how to improve it.''

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