BEREA – The news was promising on middle linebacker Andra Davis, who injured his right shoulder during the afternoon practice on Friday.
Tests taken came back negative. Davis didn't participate in either of Saturday's practice sessions, but it wasn't because he didn't want to practice. Coach Butch Davis said that Andra might practice in today's practice, the final session of the minicamp.
"The question I asked him was if we had a game this week could he play?" coach Butch Davis said. "He said he could. That's all that matters."
Linebacker Brant Boyer left Saturday's afternoon session with a minor foot injury. The injury didn't appear to be serious.
"He intercepted a pass, and then on the next play someone stepped on his foot," Butch said.
WINSLOW TAKES THE HEAT: The fiery attitude of tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. surfaced Saturday morning when he was involved in a shoving match with linebacker Chaun Thomspon. After catching a pass during team drills, Winslow took a hard hit from Thompson and Barry Gardner. Before returning to the huddle, Winslow flipped the ball at Thompson, who in turn shoved Winslow. The two were separated before punches were thrown.
On the next play, linebacker Kevin Bentley took Winslow to the ground after another reception. There wasn't a shoving match after the play.
"With a first-rounder coming in, you have to test him out to see what he's all about," Winslow said. "It was two competitive guys going at it. It's about team camaraderie. You have to prove that you can play, too."
Thompson admitted that the shoving incident is part of the welcoming ritual for Winslow, the sixth overall pick in the draft.
"He's young, and he's coming from a good program. He's the man," Thompson said. "Basically, he's working on humbling himself back down and starting all over again. You can't come into the league with a big head. I learned that last year. We pushed on him a lot, but he didn't retaliate. That shows a lot for his maturity."
BROWN TAKES IT SLOW: Defensive end Courtney Brown won't be working out at this camp. Brown suffered a torn biceps tendon late last season and finished on the injured-reserve list for the third time in his four-year career. Brown is progressing well from surgery. He's been kept out of the sessions for precautionary reasons.
LUKE ADJUSTS: The biggest adjustment that rookie quarterback Luke McCown thinks he has to make in playing in the NFL is to the speed of the game.
"It's night and day," McCown said. "I played as a freshman in college. You can't even compare the two. It's such a bigger jump from college to here, just because of the speed.
"The intelligence of every player on the field (is great). To try to force the play, or in my case to try to force the throw, I'm insulting their intelligence. They know it's coming. The intelligence level of every player on the field is phenomenal."
McCown weighed in at 210 pounds, but he doesn't look that heavy. He thinks his ideal playing weight will be about 218 pounds.
KEEP AN EYE ON... Rookie free-agent safety Kentrell Curry, who played with second-round draft pick Sean Jones at the University of Georgia, could be a find. Curry (6-foot-1, 198 pounds) started 14 games for the SEC champion Bulldogs in 2002. He finished with 69 tackles, one forced fumble, three passes defensed and four interceptions.
Curry's stock slipped when he missed all but one game of last season with a stress fracture. He had several offers to sign elsewhere, but he likes the situation in Cleveland.
"This was one of the best offers," Curry said. "I feel I can come here and contribute and make the team."
ALUMNI LUNCH: Thirty-nine Browns' alumni had lunch with the team between practices Saturday. Current players ate at a table with a former Brown that played the same position.