BEREA, Ohio -- Here are some news and notes from Monday's practice at Cleveland Browns training camp ...
With all eyes on Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson returning to practice, the team watched another starter on offense carted off the field Monday. Right guard Shawn Lauvao went down with an ankle injury on 1-on-1 drills after being bull-rushed by defensive tackle Phil Taylor. Coach Rob Chudzinski didn't immediately know the severity of the injury. If there is any consolation, this is at a position where the Browns have depth. Jason Pinkston, a starter last year before a blood clot in his lung sidelined him, would replace Lauvao.
Richardson was limited in his first practice since Thursday. He was in briefly on goal-line drills, where he was dropped for a loss on a pitch to the left side. Richardson was then held out of the two-minute offense before returning briefly for the 7-on-7 part of practice. Asked whether Richardson would play in Thursday's preseason opener, Chudzinski said, "I have not decided on anything in terms of Thursday night in regards to Trent."
The Browns have Chris Ogbonnaya listed as the starting fullback on their depth chart, and he certainly has the edge over Owen Marecic. But I thought it was interesting to see the Browns go with Marecic as the lead blocker in the goal-line drills. Chudzinski on Ogbonnaya: "“He’s a very versatile guy. He’s able to play tailback and run the ball. He can play fullback and he can block. He can pass protect and catch passes. He’s a guy that can do a lot of different things. Those types of guys you can find roles for and they can help you win.”
If the Browns allowed contact on their quarterbacks, Paul Kruger would have had three sacks in the two-minute drill. He repeatedly beat right tackle Mitchell Schwartz before pulling up when he reached quarterback Brandon Weeden. Kruger stood out more than Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo on Monday.
Neither Weeden nor Jason Campbell looked sharp in the two-minute drill. They were hesitant to push the ball downfield and instead dropped the ball underneath. Campbell drew offensive coordinator Norv Turner's ire when he missed an open tight end down the middle of the field.