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Tuesday PM Aug. 11: Davis missing

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 11, 2009

Rookie running back James Davis, who has dazzled thus far in training camp with his explosive burst and determined style, missed the evening practice and was not among the injured players riding the exercise bikes or working with the trainer.

Davis participated in the morning drills.

The Browns had no update on the status of Davis, a sixth-round pick from Clemson.

Receiver Edward Williams, a 26-year-old first-year player from Lane College, was on the field for the night session, but did not catch any passes in team drills. Receiver Syndric Steptoe, reportedly sidelined for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his shoulder, was waived/injured.

Williams, 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, spent time last year with the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, finishing the season on the Ravens' practice squad. He was released on July 22.

Williams gave up football for three or four years out of high school in Montgomery, Ala. because the coach who recruited him to Alabama State, L.C. Cole, left before he arrived. When Cole was hired at Lane, Cole convinced Williams to try the game again.

Who's out: Riding the exercise bikes were fullback Charles Ali and receivers Lance Leggett and David Patten.

QB update: Brady Quinn was picked off twice, by cornerbacks Coye Francies and Eric Wright. Francies grabbed a ball tipped by safety Nick Sorensen intended for tight end Aaron Walker. Later in the evening, Wright stepped in front of a pass intended for Braylon Edwards, appearing to tweak Edwards' right hand with his aggressive move. Wright should have intercepted a Derek Anderson ball a few series before and didn't miss on his next chance. Anderson was under heavy pressure in team drills. Once he was flushed out of the pocket by Shaun Rogers and Kamerion Wimbley and threw a short outlet to Joshua Cribbs. On the next play, Anderson threw the ball away when Wimbley, Eric Barton and Kenyon Coleman gave pursuit. The offense was also flagged on back to back plays with Anderson at the helm.

Bouncing back: Rookie receiver Brian Robiskie caught everything that came his way, going low for two balls, after a rough morning.

Take a lap: Offensive lineman George Foster, running back Noah Herron, Francies, Wimbley, receiver Jordan Norwood and linebacker Alex Hall.


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