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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report: Day 10 - Hillis Returns

The Cleveland Browns were back on the Berea practice field for the first time since Friday afternoon, having spent Sunday looking over the film of what happened during the Saturday scrimmage. Head coach Eric Mangini told the media that because he was pleased with how everyone played, he gave the Brown Team the deciding vote on whether or not a curfew should have been placed on the White Team. The Brown Team voted for having no curfew, which means that Gerard Lawson technically didn't break curfew (he only did something much worse).

Let's get to the Day 10 training camp recap...


  1. Hillis is Back and Producing: After missing nearly a week of camp due to a groin injury, RB/FB Peyton Hillis returned to the practice field, meaning there's a good chance he'll see action this Saturday against the Green Bay Packers. Hillis reportedly picked up right where he left off, plowing thrown DB Chris Chancellor on a run play. Dawg Scooper notes that he beat linebackers down the sideline twice for touchdown, including one instance in which he out-ran LB Matt Roth.
  2. Center Blunders: Backup centers Billy Yates and Shawn Lauvao made errant snaps during practice and paid the price by having to run laps. That resulted in first-string center Alex Mack coming into the formation for a play or two when there weren't any other starters in the game.
  3. Ward in a Groove: It was a good end-of-practice for safety T.J. Ward, who broke up passes intended for Ben Watson and Peyton Hillis. His breakups were key in a string of consecutive incomplete passes to close out practice.
  4. Mixed Day for the QB's: There didn't seem to be any glowing reviews of the quarterbacks after today's practice. Seneca Wallace threw an interception to LB Eric Barton and also reportedly lost a fumble that was scooped up by S Mike Adams. Colt McCoy tried to hit WR Carlton Mitchell on a deep pass, but it was "long and wobbly" and fell incomplete. Grossi says that Jake Delhomme's passed wobbled as if they were thrown against 30 mph winds.
  5. Two Wildcat Plays: Dawg Scooper again dished the news on two interesting Cyclone plays the Browns ran today. On one play, Wallace was in Shotgun at quarterback with Cribbs flanked next to him. He motioned Cribbs to go near the tight end position, and then after the snap Wallace handed the ball off to WR Cartlon Mitchell who took off for positive yardage. What was the other Cyclone play mentioned? Be sure to check out Dawg Scooper for yourself (link at the bottom).
  6. Lawson Allowed to Practice: Despite being arrested on DUI charges, DB Gerard Lawson was allowed to practice Monday afternoon. Also, DB Brandon McDonald did not practice, as the media was told he was receiving treatment. After practice, he revealed that he didn't practice because his ankle was bothering him. Also missing from practice was LB David Bowens (knee).
  7. Right Side of O-Line: The right side of the offensive line on the first unit again featured Floyd Womack (RG) and John St. Clair (RT). OT Tony Pashos left practice with an undisclosed injury, but Grossi thought it looked like a shoulder injury.
  8. Special Teams Fake: The Browns tried to get a touchdown pass to offensive lineman Joe Thomas on a field goal fake. Punter Reggie Hodges, who serves as the holder, rolled out right and tried to toss it to Thomas. Thomas reportedly got a hand on the ball, but the pass fell incomplete. Phil Dawson also continued to drill kicks in practice, going 5-of-5.
  9. Brownies: DE Kenyon Coleman returned to action, and RB Montario Hardesty might be ready in a week...Mangini joked when asked what he would write about if he tweeted: "In my office ... in my office ... at practice ... in my office ... It wouldn’t be very interesting."...the team has two practices scheduled for Tuesday.

Monday's Link Collection / Camp Sources