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The boss is here

August 21, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III attended practice Tuesday for the first time in a couple of weeks.

Haslam has been busy dealing with business interests as owner and CEO of Pilot Flying J. He's expected to be officially approved as owner of the Browns before the regular season opens Sept. 9.

It was an uneventful practice session in which players wore shorts. The near big play of practice came on a deep pass from Seneca Wallace to rooklie receiver Josh Gordon, who seems to be in one every best play of practice. Gordon leaped between two defenders to get a hand on the ball. It was then touched by two defenders before falling to the ground. Defending on the play were Johnson Bademosi and Tashaun Gipson.

Rookie free agent receiver Josh Cooper was an inviting target, catching several short passes. Cooper, who played with quarterback Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State, is a longshot to make the final roster. Receivers that appear locked in are Gordon, Greg Little, Mohamed Massaquoi, Josh Cribbs and Travis Benjamin.

Coach Pat Shurmur said that he won't change his plan for how to use Weeden Friday against the Philadelphia Eagles because of the injury suffered by Eagles quarterback Michael Vick Monday night. Vick injured ribs on a hit early in the game. He didn't return and was scheduled for a MRI and CT scan Tuesday.

Shurmur anticipates playing the starters most of the first half. Unlike most third preseason games -- which are dress rehearsals for the season -- Shurmur probably won't play the starters into the second half. The Browns are Eagles will meet two weeks later in the season opener.


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