September 16, 2014

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Notes: DT Ahtyba Rubin back and ready to go

BEREA — Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin doesn’t need long to get ready. He participated in his first full practice of training camp Monday and expects to start Friday night in the preseason opener in Detroit.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll probably be in the game Friday,” he said. “I don’t feel no limitations, I don’t feel bad or nothing like that. I feel 100 percent, so I’m ready to go.”

Rubin opened camp on the physically unable to perform list. He wouldn’t discuss the specifics of the injury, but The Plain Dealer reported he had a procedure to repair a small tear in his pelvis.

He returned to practice Thursday, but the collective bargaining agreement requires players who open camp on the injured lists to be limited for three days. Rubin immediately returned to his starting spot Monday.

“I feel good,” he said. “It’s great to be out there with my teammates, put a contribution in, get to run around and have fun.”

Rubin, who has started 32 games the last two years, will be counted on to carry the load while fellow tackle Phil Taylor misses the first several games with a torn pectoral muscle.

“I just wanted to come out and show my guys that I support them, I’m here and I want to be out there and put a good step forward to make something happen this year and try to be the leader on the D-line,” Rubin said.

DEPTH CHART

The Browns released their first unofficial depth chart in preparation for the Lions game. As expected, rookie running back Trent Richardson (No. 3 overall pick) and rookie right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (second round) are listed with the first-team offense. Rookie third-rounder John Hughes was listed as a starting defensive tackle, even though Scott Paxson has taken the vast majority of the snaps with the starters.

** Montario Hardesty is the second running back, with Brandon Jackson third.

** Rookies Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin are the second-team receivers, behind Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi and ahead of Joshua Cribbs and Jordan Norwood.

** Jordan Cameron is the No. 2 tight end behind Benjamin Watson. Alex Smith is third and Evan Moore fourth.

** Kaluka Maiava is the starting weakside linebacker in place of Chris Gocong (Achilles).

DEEPEST SYMPATHIES

Coach Pat Shurmur moved practice today from the morning to afternoon (2-4:30 p.m.) so he and other members of the organization could attend memorial services for Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles coach Andy Reid who died Sunday. Several members of the Browns have deep ties to Andy Reid.

Reid was an assistant coach under Browns president Mike Holmgren in Green Bay. Shurmur, offensive coordinator Brad Childress and defensive coordinator Dick Jauron were Reid assistants in Philadelphia. General manager Tom Heckert held the same job in Philadelphia.

“It’s hard to even think about what Andy and Tammy and the family are going through losing a child,” Shurmur said. “I can’t even imagine. As a father, it’s got to be tough, and for those of us who knew Garrett, it’s even tougher. We remember training camps when all our boys were out there as ball boys and helping out and being around.”

INJURY REPORT

Backup defensive end Marcus Benard left practice, walking into the fieldhouse with a trainer. Shurmur didn’t have an update immediately following practice.

** Defensive tackle Brian Schaefering returned to practice after missing a couple of days. So did backup kicker Jeff Wolfert.

** Watson, safety Usama Young, defensive end Frostee Rucker and receiver Carlton Mitchell remained sidelined.

EXTRA POINTS

Former Packers GM Ron Wolf visited camp. Holmgren was his coach when they won a Super Bowl in Green Bay.

** Brandon Weeden and the first-team offense failed in the two-minute drill, going four-and-out. Seneca Wallace and the second team picked up a first down but couldn’t score the necessary touchdown. Colt McCoy and the third team scored the winning touchdown on a 25-yard catch-and-run by receiver Rod Windsor.

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