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Tuesday, Aug. 26: Seemingly no urgency for Rogers

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 26, 2009

Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers, who has spent the past two weeks on exercise bike but did some sled drills Monday, was back to the bike Tuesday.

Coach Eric Mangini has said little about why Rogers is out, offering, ''He's rehabbing,'' which has merely fostered rumors since the two had a falling out after Mangini got the job.

Asked if it's strictly injury-related, Mangini said, ''I'm not going to get into any specifics of it. He's working to get back and I'm happy with how he's working.''

Mangini did not rule out the possibility of Rogers playing in Saturday's preseason game at home against the Tennessee Titans.

''In terms of this weekend, we'll see as we get close to the end of the week,'' Mangini said.

Asked if it was important to see the three-time Pro Bowler in a game, Mangini said, ''I want to see everybody, but I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on what he can do.''

As for the chance that Rogers will miss all four preseason games, Mangini said, ''It's not anything that is planned or we're looking to do. You want everybody to be able to work together through these games. Sometimes you can do that, sometimes you can't.''

Jamal turns 30: Running back Jamal Lewis turned 30, a milestone at his position.

''You just have to keep everything in perspective and know that this is turning 30, what everybody's been talking about, now I'm actually 30, not 29, 28,'' Lewis said. ''Here it is and I still feel like I did yesterday.''

As for the endless questions about his age, Lewis said, ''I've been doing that for five years. Now the day is here and I'm still kicking, still out here running and competing, just doing my job and trying to help this team get where it can go. This is one of my goals, to be playing 10 years in the league, and here I am.''

Mangini joked, ''I thought 30 was the new 20.''

Camp breaks: Training camp concluded and Mangini allowed the players to move out of their hotel. But it's possible they may still have curfew, which could be checked by phone.

On the bike: Rogers, Titus Brown, Rex Hadnot, Robert Royal, Jerome Harrison. Ryan Tucker and Brodney Pool were not seen on the field.

QB update: Derek Anderson lofted a pass over a defender to rookie running back James Davis, who made a nice catch. Quinn and No. 3 Brett Ratliff got chances in a practice-ending field goal drive. Most of Quinn's passes went over the middle to Lewis, although tight end Martin Rucker pulled in one. Ratliff's best throw to put the Browns in Phil Dawson's range was to Braylon Edwards, who leaped for it and stayed inbounds.

Practice highlights: Tight end Steve Heiden, who looked rusty last week as he returns from December knee surgery, pulled in a ball from Brady Quinn and managed to stay inbounds, with linebacker D'Qwell Jackson defending. ... Edwards lost his shoe on a catch, one-handed a catchable ball from Quinn and dropped one from Anderson. ... Cornerback Eric Wright picked off Ratliff. ... Rookie receiver Brian Robiskie caught a deep ball from Ratliff with Gerard Lawson defending and pulled in another on a scout team trick play.

Lucarelli retires: Director of alumni relations Dino Lucarelli announced his retirement after 35 years with the Browns. He will remain as a consultant.

Lucarelli has worked in public, community, player and alumni relations. The Browns media room is named in his honor and the player most cooperative with the media receives the ''Dino Lucarelli'' Good Guy Award.

Mangini, who got his start in the NFL as a Browns ball boy, then the public relations intern in 1994, called Lucarelli ''a warm, caring, gracious person.''

''When I had questions -- I had a ton of questions, it was my first time in that job, my first real job -- he was great. Every single day he was the same warm person. I couldn't be happier for him. He'll be missed.''


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