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Injury update

August 17, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- The ever-changing injury status involving the Browns continued to swirl Friday, one day after their 35-10 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers.

Players working out on stationary bikes were safety Usama Young, receiver Carlton Mitchell, tight end Benjamin Watson, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and defensive end Juqua Parker. Parker is the only one of the five that played against the Packers.

Not able to practice were cornerback Dimitri Patterson, offensive tackle Oniel Cousins and linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Pattrerson suffered what appeared to be a serious ankle injury against the Detroit Lions. No update has been given on Patterson by coach Pat Shurmur. Shurmur said that Cousins is sore.

Returning to practice were tight end Jordan Cameron, receiver Travis Benjamin and defensive end Frostee Rucker.

The news is better this week for rookie offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, who struggled against the Lions. Schwartz didn't have any major breakdowns against the Packers. He appears on track to be the starter on the right side when the season opens Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“He made improvements,” Shurmur said. “We were obviously able to run the ball more. We did it by design. I think he can be a fine run blocker. The pass rush was a little different scheme than we saw against the Lions. He saw different things, which was good, too.”

Weeden said that he had the wind knocked out of him when he was leveled by blitzing cornerback Brandian Ross. The next three plays were runs, which allowed Weeden a chance to regain his composure.

“I just lost my breath,” Weeden said. “I tried to call the next play in the huddle but I couldn’t spit out a word. I tried to imitate it but I made a fool of myself. It was bad. My offensive line was laughing at me. I called the wrong direction. I was hurting there for a second, but I feel good today.


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