Browns links: Mingo not playing?

A look at what is happening on the Cleveland Browns beat:

  • Defensive coordinator Ray Horton spoke as if rookie first-round pick Barkevious Mingo won't play in the season opener. Mingo, who bruised his lung last month, continued to practice Thursday on a limited basis. “He’ll come back,” Horton said, via The Akron Beacon Journal. “He’ll be ready to play when his body tells him to. Would I like to have him out there? Yes. Am I disappointed? No, because I believe we have capable players that are going to step up and play.”

  • Quarterback Brandon Weeden is showing encouraging signs, according to the team's website. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner spoke at length Thursday about Weeden’s work ethic, saying, “He’s worked awfully hard to absorb this system, to learn it, to work on the physical things that he needs to do better, and to be successful.”

  • Cornerback Buster Skrine was added to the injury report with a shoulder injury and was limited in practice. Here's the article in The Plain Dealer.

  • Travis Benjamin wants to be a triple weapon in the season opener: return punts and kickoffs as well as get snaps as a wide receiver in place of the suspended Josh Gordon. "I'm in great shape," Benjamin told The Plain Dealer.