Injuries and notes from Browns camp

BEREA, Ohio -- The injuries are adding up at Cleveland Browns training camp. This time, it was the punter who was hurt and eventually carted off the field.

Reggie Hodges, who had a great year for the Browns last season, suffered what Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur described as a left foot injury. It was a freak injury during a punt drill where there was no contact, and Hodges crumbled to the ground before he had a chance to kick the ball.

The injury looked pretty bad, as Hodges needed help off the field and couldn't put weight on his left leg.

"He just reached up and the punt was about head high," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. "He did something he's done a million times. We will just have to see."

Hodges joins other injured Browns, which include guard Eric Steinbach (knee), tight end Ben Watson (head) and receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (ankle) and Josh Cribbs (knee). Cleveland is in the process of installing a new offense and defense and needs as many key players on the practice field as possible.

Here are some additional notes from Browns camp:

  • Browns quarterback Colt McCoy struggled. He threw two interceptions and overall didn't look crisp. Many of McCoy's top weapons are injured -- such as Massaquoi, Cribbs and Watson -- but he still needs to make better decisions than he did Tuesday.

  • One of McCoy's interceptions was thrown to rookie cornerback Buster Skrine, who took the play to the house for a defensive touchdown. Skrine, a fifth-round pick, is arguably Cleveland's fastest player and is getting a hard look as the team's nickel corner.

  • I thought the offense overall needs a lot of work. In addition to turnovers, there were a lot of drops Tuesday, and at least two times Shurmur had to call the unit back, because he saw something he didn't like coming out of the huddle. This was probably expected with no offseason, but the Browns have about a month to get it all straightened out before their Week 1 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Cleveland rookie running back Montario Hardesty was held out of practice for precautionary reasons. Hardesty suffered an ACL last season and is working his way back. He will compete for the No. 2 tailback role behind starter Peyton Hillis.