Here is what's happening on the Cleveland Browns' beat:
To make room for new kicker Billy Cundiff, the Browns placed guard Jason Pinkston on the injured reserve-designated to return list. Pinkston, who injured his ankle Aug. 15 against Detroit, is eligible to play as early as the week of the Browns’ game vs. Baltimore (Nov. 3). Here's the story in The Plain Dealer about the move.
So, why didn't the Browns pay kicker Phil Dawson what he wanted to stay? Vic Carucci of the team's website explains: "The short answer is that, philosophically, that was not in line with the business plan that chief executive officer Joe Banner and the rest of the team’s management put in place upon their arrival. A heavy investment in a kicker might make sense for a team, such as the 49ers, that is a legitimate Super Bowl contender and looking to fill a few holes. For a team like the Browns, who are in the early phases of trying to build that kind of a squad, it doesn’t." For the record, Dawson is earning $1.51 million more than Cundiff.
The Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw believes fans can learn a lot about what to expect from the Browns from their kicker situation. "This kicker quandry is not the smell of losing in the air, just the whiff of a team that’s not built to win this season and knows it," Shaw wrote.
Rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo will undergo further medical testing this week to determine whether the first-round pick will be able to play in Sunday's regular-season opener, Banner told The Akron Beacon Journal.