BEREA — Despite missing all but one day of the last two weeks, receiver Tim Carter said he didn’t feel lost on his first day back in team drills.
“I feel real comfortable in the system, with the concepts,” he said Wednesday after practice. “I didn’t feel off, like I had been out for a long time. I felt more like I’d been in the offense for a while. So that felt good.”
Carter, who’s got a checkered injury history, strained his hamstring Aug. 2 and missed three days. He returned for a day, but missed the following week with a sore thumb.
“The ball just caught my thumb the wrong way,” Carter said, before putting a stop to the injury portion of the interview. “I’m not allowed to talk about injuries.”
Carter, the fastest receiver on the team, is competing with Joe Jurevicius to be the starter opposite Braylon Edwards. He said he tried to make the most of his time on the sideline.
“I’ve been in the league long enough, when you have time when you can’t be out there physically, you have to assert yourself more mentally and concentrate on details and make sure you learn from other people’s mistakes,” he said.
Cornerback Leigh Bodden rested his surgically repaired ankle Wednesday, but coach Romeo Crennel expects him to play Saturday night vs. the Lions.
“It’s sore from the work we’ve been doing,” Crennel said. “We’ll monitor it from time to time and if it gets sore then we’ll back off a little bit and let him get it healthy.”
Linebacker Andra Davis missed his fourth straight practice after spraining his ankle Saturday night vs. the Chiefs. Crennel said Davis rolled it, but it wasn’t a high ankle sprain. A decision on his status for Saturday will be made later in the week.
Hope’s the word
Crennel was asked if he’s counting on defensive end Orpheus Roye and guard Eric Steinbach to be healthy for the season opener.
“I don’t think that we can count on anything because they are injured and they are rehabbing,” he said. “We’re hoping that they will be available for the opener.”
Roye had arthroscopic knee surgery in the first week of camp, and Steinbach sprained a posterior cruciate ligament last week. The early diagnosis was for both to be ready by Sept. 9.
“If we can get them on the field, get them some time and see where they are, then it’s realistic,” Crennel said. “But until we can get them on the field I don’t think I can sit here and say whether it’s realistic or not.”
Ryan of all trades
Veteran right tackle Ryan Tucker, who will serve a four-game steroids suspension when the regular season starts, played right guard in the second half vs. the Chiefs and has taken a few turns at center during practice this week. Crennel said Tucker is providing depth during camp while the team is trying to get him work.
“After the suspension we will see where we are as a team and how we’re doing,” Crennel said. “We’ll see how he might fit into what we are doing and what we have at that time.
“What that does is it adds versatility,” Crennel said of the work at guard and center. “I tell players all the time the more you can do, the more value that you have. If he can play tackle, guard and snap in a pinch, that becomes pretty good value.”
The Browns are cracking down on fan behavior at Cleveland Browns Stadium this year. There were 86 ejections and eight arrests Saturday at the preseason opener.
• Commissioner Roger Goodell will visit today. He’ll meet with the team, then the media.
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