Saturday Morning Camp Update

Dave Carducci reports from Browns training camp in Berea where the drafted rookies continue to holdout, while the rest of the team is kicking it up a notch.

BEREA - A knee injury kept Gerard Warren from participating in Saturday's morning practice, but the Cleveland Browns expect the defensive tackle to return to action soon.

Warren bruised his knee in a collision early in Friday's practice. Butch Davis said he appeared to be leg-whipped.
"He's going to be all right," said defensive tackle Alvin McKinley. "He had an MRI and it was negative. I think he'll be back Sunday, and if not that, I'm sure he'll be back Monday."

While Warren sat out, oft-injured defensive end Courtney Brown returned to work on a limited basis.
"That was great," said McKinley. "It's been a while since I've seen him with a helmet on. The fans loved it too. He was just hitting the bag and they went crazy."

Brown lined up mostly at left defensive end during the morning walk-through. He later participated in some one-on-one drills and by then took some light contact in a few 7-on-7 drills.
Cornerback Anthony Henry, who pulled a hamstring early Friday, was on the field and in uniform Saturday, but did not participate.
STILL NO DRAFT PICKS ... The Browns' draft class continues to hold out. None of this year's picks were on the field Saturday morning, but a deal with center Jeff Faine could be done by the afternoon.
Several veterans admitted they understood some of the reasons behind the rookie holdouts, considering the team's stance of asking each pick to sign a five-year deal.
"I don't think I would want to do it," said cornerback Daylon McCutcheon. "It's hard to say ... with free agency and how fast coaches turn around. If you have two really good seasons, then all of a sudden you are making league minimum when you should be making top dollar for your position.
"Another thing to look at, when I was (a rookie), I came in a couple days late. I wanted a three-year deal, but at the same time I didn't want to miss any training camp. At a certain point, I had to say I don't care, I'll lose a little money just to get on the field."
PLAY OF THE DAY ... Andre Davis maneuvered in between defensive backs Jason Moore and Leigh Bodden to make a brilliant leaping catch of a long jump ball thrown by Tim Couch at the close of practice.
Davis and Couch both had strong practices. Couch made the most difficult throw of the day, demonstrating perfect timing on a long out to Davis on te right sideline. Bringing back memories of his two perfect throws to Kevin Johnson in the fourth-quarter of the Browns 2001 victory over the Chargers, Couch put the ball in the air long before Davis made his cut.
BODDEN STILL LOOKING GOOD ... Rookie free-agent cornerback Leigh Bodden continues to make plays. On Saturday, the Duquesne grad anticipated a slant pass from Kelly Holcomb, cutting in front of Davis just in time to bat the ball to the ground.
HOLCOMB WITH FIRSTS ... Saturday morning was Kelly Holcomb's opportunity to work with the first-team offense. He had an up-and-down day.
The lowlight for Holcomb was an deep throw to Andre Davis that was under-thrown by more than 10 yards. Safety Robert Griffith dropped the interception near the goal line.
UNIFORM CHANGE ... Speaking of Robert Griffith, the veteran safety switched his practice jersey from 24 to 4.
The entire team switched things up Saturday morning with the defense wearing white jerseys and the offense in brown.
THE YELLOW JERSEY ... Each day Browns' defensive coaches select one player to wear a yellow jersey. That player is under the microscope.

"The spotlight is on you," said defensive tackle Orpheus Roye, who was the first to wear the yellow jersey Friday afternoon. "You are expected to be the guy to set the tempo, hustle around and be a leader on the field. It is like you are captain for a day.
"(Defensive coordinator) Dave Campo doesn't really know us yet, so he wants to find out who the leaders of the defense are. I like it."
Daylon McCutcheon was in the yellow jersey Saturday morning.
"It was an honor wearing it," said McCutcheon. "The coaches give it to a guy because they expect him to lead by example. So I tried to go out and bust my butt. They don't tell you who it is going to be until just before practice."
LINEUP CHANGE ... Qasim Mitchell worked at right guard with the first team on Friday as Shaun O'Hara moved to center to replace Faine. On Saturday, it was Paul Zukkauskas' turn to work with the No. 1 line at right guard.

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