April 16, 2014

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Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo returns to practice after missing two weeks with bruised lung

BEREA – Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice in a limited role this morning. He had been sideline since suffering a bruised lung Aug. 15 against the Lions.
Mingo went through warmups with the team, then watched a punt drill. He joined the outside linebackers for a position drill.
He dropped in coverage and looked smooth moving through the cones. He caught a pair of passes to end the repetitions. He didn’t have contact during the half-hour open to reporters.
Mingo’s status for the opener Sunday against Miami remains uncertain, but it’s certainly a good sign he was back at practice. He began doing light running and work in the weight room last week.
Mingo was the No. 6 pick in the draft.
The Browns are as healthy as they’ve been in a long time.
Tight end Jordan Cameron (groin), defensive end Desmond Bryant (back spasms), receiver Davone Bess (knee tendinitis) and cornerback Chris Owens (foot) returned after missing time last week. All are expected to play huge roles this season.
The only players not at practice were guards Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston, who are expected to miss the first couple of games with ankle injuries.
Diminutive running backs Bobby Rainey (5-foot-8, 212 pounds) and Dennis Johnson (5-7, 193), tight ends MarQueis Gray and Keavon Milton, linebacker Brandon Magee and offensive lineman Patrick Lewis practiced after being claimed off waivers Sunday.
** The Browns don’t have a kicker on the roster but are expected to resolve that Tuesday. Veteran Dan Carpenter is expected to try out along with at least one other kicker, with the winner being awarded the job.
** The Browns signed seven players to the practice squad and have one opening.
Rookie safety Jamoris Slaughter, a sixth-round pick, and receiver Tori Gurley were brought back after being cut last week.
The other five were in camp with other teams: receiver Jasper Collins (Mount Union) and defensive backs Kip Edwards, Darius Eubanks, Terrence Frederick and Julian Posey.
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