July 31, 2014

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Browns kicker Billy Cundiff back at practice

BEREA – Kicker Billy Cundiff was in full uniform this morning and joined his teammates for practice for the first time this week.

He didn’t participate in practice Wednesday and Thursday after missing the finish of the game Sunday against the Vikings with tightness in his thigh. He rode the stationary bike and worked on the side with trainers.

Cundiff stretched and jogged with the team today, then kicked a short field goal as the half-hour open to the media ended.

Coach Rob Chudzinski will update his status after practice. If Cundiff can’t kick Sunday at home against the Bengals, the Browns would most likely choose to sign a free-agent kicker.

Cundiff is 4-for-4 on field goals this year.

When he couldn’t kick in the fourth quarter of the 31-27 win at Minnesota – he said he felt tightness on the fourth kickoff and it got worse throughout the game — punter Spencer Lanning kicked the final extra point with 51 seconds left, then kicked off.

** Quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has been ruled out for Sunday with a sprained right thumb, worked on dropbacks on a separate field without a brace on his hand, or a ball in it. Chudzinski said Wednesday that Weeden was expected to resume throwing by the end of the week.

He was injured when he banged his thumb on a helmet on a follow-through in the fourth quarter against the Ravens on Sept. 15.

** Outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard (knee) and Quentin Groves (ankle) didn’t practice again and aren’t expected to play.

Rookie Barkevious Mingo would make his first NFL start. He has two sacks in two games.

** Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) hasn’t practiced all week.