Sanford takes quick trip to Seattle and back

CLEVELAND – Brian Sanford was literally sleepless in Seattle.

The Browns defensive lineman was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday in exchange for guard John Moffitt. Shortly after arriving in Seattle and having a physical, Sanford was handed a ticket for a return flight to Cleveland because the trade had been voided by the Browns due to health concerns with Moffitt.

Sanford arrived back in Cleveland at 6 a.m. Wednesday. He got one hour of sleep before heading to the Browns’ practice facility.

“It happened really, really quickly,” Sanford said. “My flight was delayed in Minnesota, so I didn’t get there (Seattle) until the morning. I felt like I was right back on the plane again.”

Moffitt made it further in his experience with the Browns than Sanford did with the Seahawks. Moffitt talked to reporters before practice Tuesday and was in uniform and on the field when informed by coach Rob Chudzinski that the trade had been voided.

Sanford is pleased to be back with the Browns. He thinks he’s thought well of by the coaches despite being traded.

“I can’t say if they think I’m expendable or not,” Sanford said. “Just the fact that I still have an opportunity means they’re backing me, and I want to play some ball.”

The fact the Browns still need to add a veteran guard means Sanford could be traded again. The Seahawks wasted little time in dealing Moffitt to the Denver Broncos after the trade was voided.

“He (Sanford) left here on good terms,” Chudzinski said. “We had a great conversation before he left. The last thing I talked to him about was you never know in this league how things end up working out. We might cross paths again.”

ON THE MEND: Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo continues to mend from a lung contusion suffered on what he believes was the opening kick off against the Lions last Thursday. He has had no reoccurrence of the issues (labored breathing and coughing up blood) that led to a two-night stay at the Cleveland Clinic.

“I feel great,” Mingo said. “I felt like this after the game.”

No one has any idea when Mingo will return to practice. He’s kept busy attending meetings and watching practices. He said he’s done some light running.

IN THE LINEUP: Chudzinski revealed that second-year veteran Tashaun Gipson will start at free safety. Gipson appeared in 10 games and started three last season as an undrafted free agent. He won a competition that included Johnson Bademosi and rookie Jamoris Slaughter.

GOOD LOOK: Chudzinski said most of the starters will play the entire first half and into the third quarter Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. Running back Trent Richardson is one of the starters who will have his playing time shortened.

INJURY REPORT: Receiver Davone Bess and defensive end Desmond Bryant were given the day off for needed rest. Linebacker Jabaal Sheard was out with a knee injury. He’s day-to-day.

Players on stationary bikes included receiver Jordan Norwood, tight end Gary Barnidge, kicker Brandon Bogotay and receiver Naaman Roosevelt.