I've lost track of exactly what "day" of training camp this is, but Monday afternoon was a "welcome back" party of sorts with the news that safeties T.J. Ward and Usama Young, and receivers Joshua Cribbs and Jordan Norwood, all returned to practice in some capacity.
Ward took part in some team drills with the first-team defense, but they didn't elevate him to full playing time yet because Ray Ventrone still saw more reps than him. Young only did position drills, but that is a definite step forward for him and a sign that he could be ready to play in Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears.
According to the Chronicle-Telegram, Norwood took part in team drills again, while Cribbs was only doing team drills. All of these returns come just one day after we learned that wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Carlton Mitchell returned to practice in some capacity. On Monday, both Massaquoi and Mitchell were taking part in team drills.
With Massaquoi's return, the first-team offense lined up with Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie as the starting receivers. Norwood was in the slot. That put second-round draft pick Greg Little on the second-team offense, although he did catch a 50-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy between cornerbacks James Dockery and Carl Gettis, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
Some players still remained out, including linebackers Titus Brown and Chris Gocong, left guard Eric Steinbach, running back Brandon Jackson, and safety Eric Hagg. Tight end Benjamin Watson sat out of practice with a leg injury, and defensive tackle Travis Ivey was also idle.
There were two other highlights that the media was buzzing about from practice: kicker Phil Dawson connected on field goals of 55- and 62-yards. The Browns made sure they dedicated the first half hour of practice on Monday to special teams drills, having it take place before the regular practice.
TRAINING CAMP SOURCES
- Ward, Young, Norwood, and Cribbs return to practice (Akron Beacon Journal, Ulrich)
- Safeties Ward and Young return, Adams still the starter (Chronicle-Telegram, Petrak)
- Cribbs likely to be ready for season opener (Canton Repository, Doerschuk)