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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report: Day 7 - Goodell & King in Berea

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The first day of August brought more nice weather, the NFL Commissioner, and more members of the national media to Berea. Let's get to what happened on Day 7 of training camp for the Cleveland Browns.


  1. Tweak of the Knee: As intriguing of a candidate as WR David Nelson is, the coaching staff will have to make sure he can contribute without restriction in 2013. On Thursday, Nelson was continuing to take part in team drills, but stopped all of a sudden and went to the sideline, rubbing his knee. He did not return to practice.

    Head coach Rob Chudzinski said that while he didn't think he was serious, Nelson "felt his knee a little bit." He is supposed to get his knee checked out a little bit on Friday, but as a precaution, I wouldn't be surprised to see him held out of practices through Saturday's Family Fun Night.

  2. Stealing the Thunder Again: On Wednesday, I said that there appeared to be fewer practice notes because the members of the media were busy covering Michael Lombardi's press conference. On Thursday, another person stole the thunder at the beginning of practice: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was in Cleveland for a partnership between the NFL and a youth program, ended up spending most of his time answering questions about Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

  3. Gordon Returns in Limited Action: Battling patellar tendinitis in his knee, WR Josh Gordon returned to practice on Thursday. He participated in 1-on-1 drills, but was still a bit limited in his reps during team drills. There is a rumor floating around Twitter that Gordon might still have some issues showing up late to meetings.

  4. Greco on the Second Team: Time to gasp in shock -- after spending the first six days of camp at left guard with the first-team offense, John Greco was replaced by Jason Pinkston on Thursday. It was Pinkston's first work with the first-team offense since camp started, resuming a position he held before his blood clot in 2012.

    As it turns out, there was a perfectly reasonable explanation for why Greco was working with the second-team. He wasn't at left guard -- instead, he played center. Greco has been known for his versatility, as he can play any position on the line, and this is a way to get him some practice reps at center in case something should happen to C Alex Mack. Greco's versatility is a reason why the team won't have to carry a guy like C Braxston Cave on the roster.

  5. Sluggish Day Offensively: Ugh, you hate it when the offense doesn't look very sharp on the same day that Peter King of The MMQB attends practice. Between Tom Reed of the Plain Dealer and Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland, phrases like "slow start to practice," "lots of checkdowns early," "a sluggish day offensively," and "lots of pass break ups." On the flip side, all of that was a great sign for the defense.

  6. Confrontational: DL Brian Sanford is one of those type of players who is in that predicament where he's not one of the top six defensive linemen on the depth chart, but he's also not a guy you can stash on the practice squad. Perhaps the best way for him to stick around was to do something outlandish during camp to form an impression. In a unique way, he has -- by getting into another camp fight/scuffle.
    NT Phil Taylor also got into a shoving match with C Alex Mack and C Braxston Cave.

  7. Injury Update: FS Tashaun Gipson, who is battling a shoulder injury, returned to individual drills. SS T.J. Ward sat out of practice so he could rest his hamstring a little bit more. S Jamoris Slaughter, who is also battling a hamstring injury, did some individual work, but nothing in the team drills. CB Trevin Wade was the new addition to the injury list, but it's unclear why. After returning to practice on Wednesday, RB Montario Hardesty sat out again on Thursday.

  8. Brownies: The backup quarterbacks were picked off by S Kenronte Walker and CB Abdul Kanneh. ... The kickoff return candidates still include WR Travis Benjamin, RB Dion Lewis, CB Buster Skrine, and CB Johnson Bademosi. ... Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan from SiriusXM NFL Radio were also in attendance. ... Overall at quarterback, Brandon Weeden still looked far and above his competition. ... OLB Quentin Groves continues to generate simulated sacks against the backup offensive linemen.

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