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In good shape

August 5, 2011 - Mike McLain
The Browns concluded their first week of training camp with most hands on board.

The key player to get back on the field was receiver/returner Joshua Cribbs, who missed time with a sore knee. Cribbs participated in all drills and reported no problem.

Cribbs has learned quickly that he won't be much of a factor in the Wildcat formation.

"He (coach Pat Shurmur) is not a big fan of the Wildcat," Cribbs said.

Cribbs lined up in the backfield Friday. He took a pitch from quarterback Colt McCoy, rolled to his right and completed a pass to Brian Robiskie.

Also returning to practice was tight end Ben Watson. Watson suffered a mild concussion on the first day of practice.

There's still mystery surrounding the absence of running back Montario Hardesty, who was in uniform but not practicing. Shurmur continues to downplay Hardesty's absence, saying it's part of the plan. Don't expect to see Hardesty participate in today's practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi continues to be a no-show on the practice field because of a calf injury. Massaquoi is still wearing a boot on his left foot.

Cornerback Joe Haden was held out of practice after reporting to the training staff with a stiff hamstring. Haden deserved a day off after having a great day of work on Thursday, when he broke up several passes.

First-round draft choice Phil Taylor is a big man. What's impressive is the lack of noticeable body fat. His presence has been felt already on the interior of the line. Shurmur called more running plays to the right side to test Taylor, who's lining up at left defensive tackle.

 
 

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