Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi make his long-awaited debut at training camp today after missing all of camp with a fractured left foot. Massaquoi revealed today that he fractured his foot at the final session of Camp Colt IV, but he still isn't sure how it happened. Massaquoi is excited to get back to work with the rest of the team:
"It feels good. I’m excited to be back out here with the guys. I wish I could have started a little bit earlier. Now I’m playing a little bit of catch up to make sure I get in shape and do the things that I need to do to be ready."
While it will be a challenge to get prepared again, Massaquoi stated that he has been watching and studying everything about the offense the past couple of weeks.
"The thing that I’ve been fortunate to do was from a mental aspect to just learn everything and see everything standing away from the game. That’s been helpful. From that aspect, I’ve been able to slow the game down, but there’s nothing like getting in football shape, getting the reps, being out here with your teammates, learning and getting the timing back."
Massaquoi did not take part in team drills today, so we can't say where he lined up on the depth chart. As far as position drills, everything went well for the third-year receiver. Head coach Pat Shurmur could not confirm whether they would play Massaquoi this Thursday against the Chicago Bears.
Massaquoi wasn't the only receiver to return to practice on Thursday: second-year man Carlton Mitchell was also back, perhaps just in time. He has missed the past two weeks after having surgery to repair a broken finger.
Starting quarterback Colt McCoy was excited to have both receivers back, at least in some capacity:
"It was good to have Mo back in a few drills, to throw the ball to him a little bit, to get his feet back under him. I think we will slowly kind of work him in as we go. I think we are all excited to have him back and Carlton (Mitchell) was back today as well. Those are two guys that can help us."
Wide receivers Joshua Cribbs and Jordan Norwood were still idle Sunday nursing their injuries, but they are expected to return soon. The Browns could still very well keep six receivers -- Massaquoi, Mitchell, Cribbs, Norwood, Greg Little, and Brian Robiskie -- especially if they decide to only keep two quarterbacks. The return of Massaquoi and Mitchell came on the same day that receivers Juan Nunez and Jonathan Haggerty were waived.