Browns Training Camp Report: Day 23

Without anything too eventful happening in camp today, I didn't include a subtitle to go along with the title of this post (which, if you've been paying attention to the titles, has been something I've regularly done). Another roster move was made though, so that'll top today's report...

TRAINING CAMP REPORT - DAY 23 (8/14/08)

  1. Bye Bye Cliff: A day after he had a scuffle with LB Willie McGinest, OL Cliff Louis was cut by the Browns. Don't piss off one of Crennel's boys, or you'll be out the door.
  2. Replacement: Taking his place is second-year OL Jonathan Palmer out of Auburn. At Auburn, Palmer had experience at tackle, guard and center. He's already spent time with the Eagles, Steelers, Raiders, and most recently the Giants. If he shows something early on, he could be practice squad material (though I believe that spot will still go to OL James Lee).
  3. Rucker Update: Rookie TE Martin Rucker had successful arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday morning at the Cleveland Clinic.
  4. Starting WR: When asked about who would start opposite WR Donte Stallworth this Monday, Crennel said "we're not sure yet ... maybe we'll know tomorrow." I wouldn't be surprised if we don't find out until an hour before the game.
  5. Getting Serious: For the first time since last week Thursday (against the Jets), the troops practiced in pads. Reportedly, the players were amped up and enjoyed the feeling of having full gear on again.
  6. More Fists Flying: WTAM's Andre Knott reported that Crennel broke up a camp fight for the first time in four years (when he was with New England). The fight was between LB Alex Hall and TE Brad Cieslak. When asked why he broke up this fight as opposed to others in recent memory, he stated it was because he felt Hall, being a rookie, wouldn't have the nerve to throw a punch at him.
  7. Quinn Goes DEEP: Knott also reported a shocker in today's camp: Brady Quinn attempted three deep passes! The passes had the arm strength, but all three of them were incompletions -- and two of them were broken up by Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald, respectively.
  8. Steptoe Mention: The OBR pointed out a nice play when Derek Anderson hit WR Syndric Steptoe on a nice slant pass during team drills. Although he hasn't received as many reps, Steptoe is in the mix to start against the Giants.
  9. Steelers Lose: The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Buffalo Bills 24-21 Thursday night. Not really relevant and I'm fully aware of the preseason circumstances, but you can check out the box score to analyze the details.

Here is your link collection for much of the information above:

Maturing Wilson credits Jurevicius (Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cabot)

Day 23 practice notes (WTAM, Knott)

Browns don't lack motivation (Orange and Brown Report, Greetham)

Browns begin prep for Giants (Official Site, Jackson)

Who saw Thursday night's game between the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles? After sitting through a lighting delay that was just as long as the Browns' last week, I couldn't hold back from laughing when the Eagles tried a fake field goal shuffle pass. The holder took the snap and intended to flip it to one of his crossing teammates -- instead a Panthers defender came from the other side and intercepted the pass, taking it back for a touchdown.

From the original camera angle, it was one of those cool "in-the-moment" football feelings, similar to when Edwards had a one-handed two-yard touchdown catch last week.

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