Roster Spots Still Open

A few spots on the 2014 Cleveland Browns roster remain as Browns wind down training camp.

BEREA, Ohio—Heading into the preseason finale on Thursday, Mike Pettine said that there are still some roster spots still up for grabs.

He specifically mentioned wide receiver, inside linebacker for the “last one or two spots”. He also mentioned defensive line and safety.

“There’s a few (roster spots),” he said. “That’s why it’s important to compete. There’s more than a few (spots) unsettled.”

Wide receivers believed to still be battling for positions behind Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin and Burleson are Marlon Moore, Taylor Gabriel, Charles Johnson and Willie Snead.

Linebackers behind Karlos Dansby, Chris Kirksey and Craig Robertson are Zac Diles, Tank Carder, Justin Staples, Jamaal Westerman and Eric Martin.

Defensive linemen behind Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin, Desmond Bryant, Armonty Bryant, Billy Winn and John Hughes are Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Jacobbi McDaniel and Calvin Barnett.

Safeties behind Donte Whitner and Tashaun Gipson believed to battling for roster spots are Jordan Poyer, Jim Leonhard, Josh Aubrey and Johnson Bademosi.

Notebook

Cameron Back: After missing Monday’s practice as “excused” TE Jordan Cameron was back on the practice field. Pettine wouldn’t disclose what the reason was for him missing practice.

Pettine was asked if everything is back to normal with Cameron.

“That would be a correct statement.”

Cameron declined to comment after practice, as well.

“No concern, all good.”

Cameron missed some time with a shoulder injury but didn’t appear as he was bothered by anything medically as he was taking part in the drills open to the media.

Kirksey Wins Bassett Award: LB Chris Kirksey was voted on Tuesday as the winner of the Maurice Bassett Award, which is voted on by members of the local media as the most outstanding rookie in training camp. Bassett played for the Browns from 1954-56 and the award began in 1985.

Although Kirksey has been termed the “co-starter” with Craig Robertson at inside linebacker, his level of play has been noticeable. He leads the team with 18 tackles, two passes broken up and an interception.

Burleson Practices with Team: WR Nate Burleson practiced in individual drills on Monday and then took part in team drills on Tuesday.

“We’ll see how he comes out of today,” Pettine said.

QB Brian Hoyer said he caught a touchdown pass from him in team drills.

“It was good to have him out there,” he said.

Last year, WR David Nelson was in a similar position as Burleson. He was held out of training camp for the most part as he returned from a torn ACL, played in the final preseason game and was released in the final roster cut downs.

Nelson, later joined the Jets during the season and had a productive year.

Gordon Trial Postponed: WR Josh Gordon’s trial for DUI has been re-scheduled for Nov. 18 according to his lawyer Trey Fitzhugh. Gordon was stopped for traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on July 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Gordon was on the practice field as he continues to wait on an impending suspension from the NFL for substance abuse.

Injury Update: The following Browns did not participate in Tuesday’s practice due to injury: DL Desmond Bryant (wrist), DB Pierre Desir (knee), DB Joe Haden (foot), LB Eric Martin (concussion), DB Buster Skrine (thumb) and DB Isaiah Trufant (knee). - NFI: OL Nick McDonald (wrist).

There were three players on the stationary bikes, all defensive backs in Haden, Trufant and Desir. Skrine and Bryant had surgery last week.

Eubanks, Bowie to IR: The Browns placed OL Michael Bowie and LB Darius Eubanks on injured reserve. Bowie started eight games, 7 at right tackle, one at right guard, in 2013 for the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.

Eubanks was on the Browns practice squad in 2013 before being elevated to the active roster where he played nine games, with one start. He had 15 tackles and three tackles on special teams.

Both players underwent surgery earlier this month to repair shoulder injuries.

The Browns roster is currently at 76 players. All NFL rosters must have a maximum of 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday.


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