November 25, 2014

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Browns notes: Injuries piling up

 BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel started to update reporters on the status of his injured players but abruptly stopped.
“We’ve got several, so many you can’t mention,” he said Monday.
Cleveland’s preseason of injuries reached another week, as several prominent players remained off the practice field and out of sight.
Quarterback Derek Anderson (concussion), receiver Braylon Edwards (foot), running back Jamal Lewis (hamstring), safeties Sean Jones (swelling in knee) and Brodney Pool (concussion) and kick returner Joshua Cribbs (ankle) are the starters who didn’t practice Monday after sitting out the 26-6 loss to the Lions on Saturday. Linebacker Willie McGinest (groin) returned to practice in individual drills Monday, but left the field before team drills.
Jones has swelling in his knee, which often signifies cartilage damage. Crennel said tests “have found nothing to my knowledge.”
Lewis has a slight hamstring strain and is running in the pool, and Crennel said Edwards was at team headquarters Monday.
“He’s making progress,” Crennel said.
Offensive lineman Lennie Friedman (shoulder) was added to the injury list, and receiver Kevin Kasper, who suffered a concussion Saturday, missed practice.
Defensive lineman Louis Leonard returned to practice, and linebacker Antwan Peek watched practice with his surgically repaired right knee wrapped.
“I’ll be good to go,” he said of the opener Sept. 7 versus Dallas.
Crennel said if someone doesn’t practice today he won’t play Thursday night in the preseason finale versus the Bears.
Bentley sighting
Former Browns offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley was headed to St. Louis for a visit and physical, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Bentley passed his physical with the Browns in June but asked for his release the next day and has yet to catch on with another team. Bentley had multiple knee surgeries after tearing a patellar tendon in 2006 and suffering a staph infection.
Roster move
The Browns waived cornerback Damon Jenkins, a rookie free agent from Fresno State, bringing the roster to 79 players.
The Browns must make four moves by today at 4 p.m. to reach the league’s 75-man limit. Final cuts to 53 are Saturday.
Extra points
Receiver Travis Wilson remained with the first-team offense despite having zero catches in his last two starts.
*Cornerback Gerard Lawson collided with safety Brandon Mitchell on an incompletion over the middle. Lawson stayed down for a second but returned to practice.
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