April 19, 2014

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Ex-OSU coach Jim Tressel visits Browns camp

BEREA – Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel returned to the sideline Tuesday in his hometown.

Tressel, forced to resign by OSU in May, watched Browns training camp Tuesday morning between the practice fields. He talked with quarterback Colt McCoy, Browns coach Pat Shurmur and president Mike Holmgren. After practice, he shook hands and talked with former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.

“There were a lot of celebrities here today,” Shurmur said. “I enjoyed visiting with Lloyd Carr and Jim Tressel, guys I’ve admired.”

Also in attendance were a Cavaliers contingent led by general manager Chris Grant and former Packers general manager Ron Wolf.

Although Brett Favre wasn’t at Browns practice, he was a popular topic of conversation. McCoy expanded on his summer trip to Mississippi to discuss the West Coast Offense with the former Packers quarterback. Favre won a Super Bowl when Holmgren was the coach in Green Bay and was happy to help, McCoy said.

“He’s a great resource to have,” McCoy said. “I appreciate him spending a couple days with me.”

McCoy said he has long admired Favre and wore his No. 4 in high school.

Other notes and observations from practice:

** Running back Montario Hardesty (knee) took his normal rotation for the second straight day of practice in full pads. Shurmur said he responded well.

** Linebackers Scott Fujita (thigh bruise) and Chris Gocong (neck stinger), tight end Benjamin Watson (hamstring), safety Usama Young (hamstring) and defensive lineman Brian Schaefering (leg) didn’t practice.

** Safety T.J. Ward returned after missing Monday to go to the dentist.

** Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) is running in the pool, Shurmur said.

** Rookie safety Eric Hagg had knee surgery Monday to remove cartilage.

** Cornerback Joe Haden made a great diving interception of a McCoy pass when rookie receiver Greg Little appeared to run his route too deep.

** Receiver Jordan Norwood continues to make a strong case for a roster spot, catching several balls.

** Rookie tight end Jordan Cameron had an easy drop, but responded with several catches.

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