August 27, 2014

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Browns punter Dave Zastudil returns to team, won’t practice

BEREA — Punter Dave Zastudil is back with the Browns, but wasn’t scheduled to practice Friday and the status of his right knee remains uncertain.

Zastudil, a Bay Village native, had offseason surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his non-kicking knee and opened training camp with the team Saturday. But after kicking the opening day, he’s been sidelined and his knee heavily wrapped. He flew to meet the surgeon for a checkup, which Mangini described as typical.

But the fact Zastudil won’t practice isn’t a good sign. Mangini said no conclusions have been made about further surgery.

“We’ll talk about it and see where it goes,” Mangini said.

Reggie Hodges, who filled in last year after Zastudil went on injured reserve, has been handling the punting duties.

Mangini met with the media Friday afternoon before the lone practice. He said he expects a big fan turnout at Saturday’s Family Day Brown and White scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium. He also noted the camp attendance has been “incredible.”