The big news out of Berea:
The offensive line is the first unit to take a hit on the injury front. Six-year veteran (two with the Browns) Rex Hadnot went down with an injury to his left leg.
The 6-foot-2, 320 lbs. Hadnot was back in pass protection when fellow lineman George Foster blocked rookie linebacker David Veikune into him. Hadnot buckled to the ground and eventually rode off in a cart.
It's potentially a serious blow for the offensive line. Hadnot was locked into a battle for the starting left guard spot with Eric Steinbach. It's huge because the former Miami Hurricane brought some versatility to the line because he could also play center.
‘’We’ve been working really hard and all just trying to compete and get the best five out there. We keep improving everyday so when one guy goes down, we all get affected by it,’’ he said. ‘’ It’s kind of a very sobering moment. I just hope everything clears out and it’s as minor as can be.’’
Prior to this season, the Browns' training camp featured minimal full-contact hitting. That has changed under new coach Eric Mangini. Some players, such as D'Qwell Jackson, believe that's a good thing that puts them ahead of the game when it comes to the regular season.
But there are risks - injuries being the primary one.
‘’Each day you go out there it’s something than can happen to anyone and it’s obviously a huge disappointment when it happens to anyone on this team, let alone your own position,’’ Steinbach said. ‘’Because in your own position, (when) you’re down one guy and it hurts morale because you’re such a tight group, especially the offensive line.’’
The usual suspects stood out in today's lone practice. Rookies James Davis, the running back out of Clemson and Mohamed Massaquoi, the second-round draft pick out of the University of Georgia continued to claim spots on the roster.
The first thing you notice when Davis sees any hint of a hole is the speed and elusiveness that he possesses on the field. He ripped off a 40-yard run that displayed both. He initially ran to his right, but cutback to the center of the field when he saw some wiggle room. From there Browns defenders barely got a glimpse of his jersey number through the trail of dust he kicked up.
As for Massaquoi, he continues to embody consistency on the field. The route-running remains crisp and the hand sure. Fellow rookie wide receiver Brian Robiskie shook off a rough day from earlier in the week and showed his skills on one-on-one drills…As for quarterbacks, neither Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn distinguished themselves. But at this point you don't take too much stock in that fact because it's practice.
They will get to show what they can do in game situations.