BEREA – President Bush surprised the team with a short visit prior to the morning practice. Bush was greeted by defensive end Courtney Brown, quarterback Jeff Garcia, offensive lineman Ryan Tucker, owner Randy Lerner and coach Butch Davis. Bush then met the rest of the team on the practice field, where he threw several passes.
Most of the players were pleased to meet Bush.
"It was real nice," defensive end Kenard Lang said. "Since I've been here, I've met (national security adviser) Condoleezza Rice and (U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Clarence Thomas. It's nice to meet people you watch and who watch you."
Bush's visit was the second by a president to a Browns' practice. Ronald Reagan spoke briefly to the team in 1988 after making a campaign speech for the elder George Bush.
WALKING WOUNDED, PART 1: Kenard Lang is close to returning to full-go practice after missing the first two days because of a minor surgical procedure.
The defensive end had a cyst removed from the canal in his left ear. He had a more-detailed surgery performed when he played in Washington. The cyst that time grew into his head.
Lang was on the field for Saturday's workouts, but he didn't take part in drills. He hopes to be ready to go for Monday's practices.
"I get an ear infection and it pops up," Lang said. "There's no warning. But it's doing well now. I'll get back out there Monday with my teammates."
WALKING WOUNDED, PART 2: Safety Sean Jones is walking without assistance just four weeks after having surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Jones is also walking without a limp, showing no signs of having had surgery.
The original prognosis was for Jones to miss the entire season, but he hasn't been officially placed on injured-reserve. It's possible Jones could go on the physically unable to perform list, which means he would have to miss the first six weeks of the season. After that time, the team would have three weeks to make a roster decision.
WALKING WOUNDED, PART 3: Running back James Jackson missed the afternoon practice to have a MRI on a pulled hamstring.
Jackson suffered the injury Friday, but it didn't bother him. He felt some pain in the leg Saturday morning.
FROM THE NOTEBOOK:
- Quarterback Kelly Holcomb threw in the morning but sat out the afternoon practice. The plan is to take a cautious approach because of the shoulder surgery Holcomb had in February.
- Linebacker Mason Unck intercepted a Luke McCown pass during the morning practice and took it the distance. It was the first interception of camp
Running backs William Green and Lee suggs shared time working with the first-team offense
- Linebacker Chaun Thompson made a good read on a reverse to receiver Andre Davis. As Thompson closed in to make the stop, he slipped on the wet grass while reacting to a move by Davis
- McCown scrambled for a touchdown after a play broke down. The Browns like McCown's speed. He had one of the fastest times among quarterbacks at the NFL Combine.