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An easy day

August 17, 2011 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Browns coach Pat Shurmur took it easy on the players Wednesday as practice was conducted in "spider" pads and shorts.

"I took the pads off the guys," Shurmur said. "I feel like we got a lot of work done."

The Browns did a lot of red-zone work in preparation for Friday's home preseason game against the Detroit Lions. Shurmur expects the starters to play most if not all of the first half.

This is the time of camp when roster spots begin to solidify, especially at the top of the roster. The key week for the bottom of the roster hopefuls -- essentially players on the bubble -- will be the final preseason game. Most of the starters don't play in that game or play minimally.

The only issues to surface from practice were minor injuries to guard Eric Steinbach and safety T.J. Ward. Steinbach felt stiffness in his back and was taken inside for treatment. Ward felt a twinge in a hamstring.

Although he's listed as third on the depth chart at left guard, rookie Jason Pinkston worked with the first team after Steinbach exited. Shurmur likes what he's seen of Pinkston, who could start against the Lions.

At this stage of camp most of the offensive installation has been put into place. It's obvious by the fewer number of mistakes that have taken place in practices.

Shurmur thought most things went well on the defensive side last Saturday against the Green Bay Packers. The unit needs to step up its pass rush.


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