Position battles: Eric Hagg continued to make a strong case for himself as the Browns’ starting free safety. He intercepted a deep pass from rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden during a seven-on-seven drill.
Who stood out: Running back Montario Hardesty darted through holes and quickly changed direction while breaking off a few long runs during the first practice of camp in which players wore full pads.
Highs and lows: The Browns said 4,200 fans attended practice. It was the largest total since the team began tracking attendance figures in 2005. The previous record of 3,673 was set during the first practice open to the public in 2010. … Rookie fullback Brad Smelley caught a pass from quarterback Seneca Wallace with one hand during a seven-on-seven drill. … During a session of 11-on-11, the defense made a couple of impressive stops in a row, and end Frostee Rucker didn’t appreciate the silence from the crowd. “You can cheer for the defense, too,” he playfully yelled at the fans. … Cornerback James Dockery won a jump ball against rookie receiver Travis Benjamin and intercepted a pass from quarterback Colt McCoy. … Rookie cornerback Trevin Wade returned to practice after sitting out Saturday with an injured leg.
Sidelined: Defensive tackles Ahtyba Rubin (reported pelvic tear) and Phil Taylor (torn pectoral muscle), fullback Eddie Williams (undisclosed), tight end Evan Moore (undisclosed) and wide receiver Carlton Mitchell (leg).
Today’s schedule: Practice is open to the public from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m.
— Nate Ulrich