Countdown to The Draft
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By: Matt Fontana
Injury- One of the most feared words in professional sports. Unfortunately for the Cleveland Browns, that was the cloud that hung over their morning practice on Saturday. About mid way through their scheduled three hour practice, the Browns were working on a goaline drill. Linebacker Chris Gocong jumped up to defend a Brandon Weeden pass to Jordan Cameron. Gocong came down to the turf in pain, grabbing his right ankle. Initial thoughts were that Gocong was stepped on by Cameron but replay showed that Gocong was grabbing his ankle before hitting the ground. He was carted off the field in a lot of pain. Following practice head coach Pat Shurmur said his status was unknown but he would be going for an MRI. Many fear that Gocong has ruptured his Achilles tendon, an injury that would most likely cost him the 2012 season.
Watchful Observer– Potential Browns owner Jimmy Haslam took in his second Browns practice in as many days. Haslam was seen roaming the sidelines, never too far from a Browns personnel member. JH3 was seen a lot with Mike Holmgren during practice and with Shurmur towards the end of practice. After practice Shumur spoke highly of Haslam, “He just has questions about how we do things. He’s out there trying to learn and get up to speed with what we are doing, so he can become educated on our process. I feel that he is really excited to own this football team. I have enjoyed our conversations to this point.”
Unexpected Hit of the Day– The hit of the day, and of camp so far for me, came from an unlikely pair. As the Browns were going through an 11 on 11 session, the offense ran a sweep left. As back up right tackle Oneil Cousins ran left with the play, he was lit up by defensive back Buster Skrine. The hit got a big reaction from the crowd and the Browns defense started to make some noise. The unexpected part- Cousins outweighs Skrine by 130 pounds.
Weeden Passes Eye test– After seeing Brandon Weeden throw for the first time live, he looks to be a first round draft pick. Weeden routinely stuck tight passes to his wide receivers. Two came back to back when he first floated a 35 yard pass up the right sideline to Josh Gordon (who took it for a touchdown). He then fired a laser over the middle for 25 yards to a diving Josh Cooper. By the Matt Fontana unofficial count, Weeden was 19/26 with just one interception (a deflected pass picked off by Jabaal Sheard)
Walking Wounded– Tight end Evan Moore (undisclosed) was in full pads today. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (Groin) was also on the field doing some light running. Both players must wait three days after returning from injury to practice full speed. Ben Watson, Usama Young, Brian Schaefering, Carlton Mitchell, Jeff Wolfert, Frostee Rucker and Phil Taylor all missed practice today.
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