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July 25, 2014 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Today is a day I'm glad I'm not playing for the Cleveland Browns.
It was conditioning days for veterans, which meant a brutal sequence of sprints. By the end of the last run, many of the players remained on the ground for several minutes to catch their breath.
It's the first time I can recall conditioning being opened to the media. It had to put more pressure on them. The last thing any wanted was to lose what was on their stomachs for all to report.
The sprints were run in two lengthy sequences. The team was broken up into three groups, with the big guys running with other big guys and smalle guys running with smaller guys.
Cornerback Buster Skrine showed off his claim as the fastest player on the squad. Skrine consistently placed first in his group, although an unidentified player began to edge him out near the end.
Linebacker Barkevious Mingo looked like a gazelle, easily winning his sprints. He didn't seem to break a sweat.
Safety Donte Whitner struggled to finish, diving over the goal line on the last run. He remained on the field for several minutes while training personnel worked on him. He walked off the field slowly with a trainer at his side.
Receiver Josh Gordon was among those that ran. Gordon will appeal a suspension by the NFL for a violation of the NFL's drug policy.
Gordon was arrested recently for DWI in North Carolina. There are reports that Gordon spent two weeks in rehab following the arrest.
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