The Browns had their final workout prior to their match up with the Bengals. Here are a few notes from the teams light practice and also the roster moves that the team has made.
-The team has made it official they have called up rookie wide receiver Josh Cooper from the practice squad and wide receiver Jordan Norwood has been placed on the new Injured Reserve rule that allows players to come back during the season. Norwood can practice in 6 weeks, and play in 8 weeks.
-The team has four players listed as out for the game on Sunday, Norwood was one but obviously he has been placed on the injured reserve list. But CB Dimitri Patterson, S Tashaun Gipson, and WR Mohamed Massaquoi are all out for Sunday.
- WR Travis Benjamin practiced today but is listed as doubtful. The questionable list has 2 players I believe will definitely play and 2 that I’d say are 50/50.
I’ll start with the guys that I think will play. Safeties TJ Ward and Rey Ventrone both have broken thumbs and have played with the injury so I’d expect to see them.
-On the other hand both Scott Fujita and Ahtyba Rubin have been out of practice almost all week with only Fujita practicing on Wednesday. Rubin has missed practice all week with a calf injury. Fujita missed practice on Thursday and Friday as he is dealing with a shoulder/neck injury.
-To no one’s surprise Joe Haden said today that he plans on shadowing Bengals star wide out AJ Green.
-When Coach Shurmur was asked was he using the teams 11 game losing streak as motivation here’s what he had to say, “Our focus is to win the next game. No, it’s not a motivator. What’s a motivator is going out and winning a division game at home.”
-Shurmur was also asked how the ownership change has affected his team, No, I don’t. I think I stress that. We talked about it as a team. It was pretty well determined that we were going to have a new owner back then.
Now, we’re just going through the steps to make that happen, and they’re more issues of the day as they go through the process of changing ownership. We’re getting ready to play the Bengals.
I think our guys have handled it in a very professional way. I’m proud of the way my team battles. Now, I want to be proud of them because we won a football game. That’s where we’re at.”