BEREA — The Browns won’t officially break training camp Thursday, but their final practice open to the public is Thursday night at 5:45. It’s also the final two-a-day, which is reason to celebrate for the players, even if they must remain in the team hotel with a curfew.
Coach Eric Mangini said the official end of camp will be determined by the team’s performance and behavior over the next few days. He offered a big thanks to the fans who attended camp in huge numbers.
“I just thought the attendance throughout training camp was fantastic, the support was fantastic,” he said. “Multiple times we were practicing and someone would start the ‘Here we go Brownies’ chant. The guys notice that. They feed off that and that energy at practice helps.”
Other notes and observations from Thursday’s morning practice:
** Fullback Lawrence Vickers, running back James Davis and cornerback Brandon McDonald returned to practice. Mangini said right tackles Tony Pashos and John St. Clair and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi would return for the evening practice.
** Rookie receiver Carlton Mitchell pulled up near the end of practice with what looked to be a left shoulder injury. The jam at the line might’ve caused the problem.
** Jets coach Rex Ryan was ripped by his mom and former Colts coach Tony Dungy for the amount of profanity he used during “Hard Knocks.” Mangini said he is in no position to judge.
“I don’t always have the best language and I’ve been around some guys that don’t have the best language and I’m not saying that’s right or wrong,” he said. “My mom would probably call me, too, if she heard some of the things that were said.”
** Cornerback/special teamer Gerard Lawson walked off the field with a trainer.
** Mangini said he doesn’t have a timeline for the return of rookie offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao, who’s excused for a personal reason and flew to Hawaii. Mangini said he never hesitated in letting Lauvao leave.
** Mangini expects the starters to play the entire first half Saturday vs. the Rams. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace will get some time with the first team.
** Mangini said rookie running back Montario Hardesty (knee) hasn’t suffered any setbacks in his rehab and will be re-evaluated Monday. He hasn’t practiced during training camp.
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