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Minor injuries slow Rubin, Moore

July 28, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- There was some injury news Saturday that could be considered worrisome, but coach Pat Shurmur said not to worry.

Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin missed practice for a second straight day with what was reported as a slight pelvic tear. He had surgery about six weeks ago.

Shurmur expects Rubin to be back on the field soon. With Phil Taylor out indefinitely with a torn pectoral, it's paramount that Rubin gets back as soon as possible.

Tight end Evan Moore was placed on the non-football injury list with an unidentified injury. Shurmur also expects to have Moore back soon.

It should come as no surprise that receiver Carlton Mitchell is out with a leg injury. Mitchell missed most of training camp last year with a hand injury. He played in 11 games but had just three receptions for 31 yards.

With Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Joshua Cribbs, Travis Benjamin and probably Mohamed Massaquoi certain to make the final roster, Mitchell is clearly on the bubble. His cause could be further hurt if Jordon Norwood and rookie free agent Josh Cooper have good camps.

Quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy didn't have good days. Both missed open receivers and were generally ineffective as the defense had the better of things. It's early and defenses are normally ahead of offenses at this time of camp, but both players need to show more if the offense is to climb off the bottom of the NFL statistical sheets.

Rookie Mitchell Schwartz practiced with the first team at right tackle. The rookie from Cal is expected to be a starter.

Given how ineffective the offense was, there was no standout play of the day.


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