BEREA, Ohio -- Browns linebacker Scott Fujita faces a three-game suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal. His reputation took another hit when filmmaker Sean Pamphilon said Fujita made the final call on releasing the Gregg Williams' “bounty” audio (which Fujita denies).
But coach Pat Shurmur said he hasn't seen Fujita being distracted by the offseason drama.
"My interaction with Scott has been good," Shurmur said Tuesday as the Browns begin this week's mandatory minicamp. "He’s been about his business. I think we as people have things happen in the background to our jobs. As professionals, we learn how to deal with that so that doesn’t affect what we do."
Fujita has been able to attend meetings and practices until his appeal is heard. Shurmur said the Browns haven't determined who will replace Fujita if he doesn't win his appeal. Cleveland could move Chris Gocong to the strong side and let Kaluka Maiava start on the weak side. Another option is starting rookie fourth-round pick James-Michael Johnson, who has been impressive in offseason workouts, into Fujita's spot.
Asked why the Browns kept Fujita this season, Shurmur said, "Scott’s a veteran player on our team. He’s an outstanding player. He’s dealing with what he’s dealing with. It’s a league issue. We support the league in what it does, and when Scott’s back, he’ll play."