Good News on the Injury Front

After a devastating injury tally in 2003, Browns fans are left fearing the worst with every news report. But Mike McLain reports from Berea that the Browns luck with injuries actually seems to be improving (knock on wood). Plus, Kellen's crash course, and some new focus from Anthony Henry.... here's the latest...

BEREA – There is some better news on the injury front for the Browns.

Offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez is expected to return to the practice field next week and could play in the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears. Gonzalez suffered a high left ankle sprain against Detroit.

Cornerback Michael Lehan will have the cast removed from his left foot, which he re-injured last Saturday. He will begin rehabilitation but won't be available for the Chicago game. It's possible Lehan could play in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Linebacker Chaun Thompson will likely return to practice next week. Thompson had surgery three weeks ago to insert a screw into a bone he broke in his left wrist.

Thompson has lost a lot of valuable practice time. Coach Butch Davis won't say if Ben Taylor will start the season because of the time Thompson has missed.

"It's hard to say right now," Davis said. "Let's wait to see when he gets back to practice on a fulltime basis next week."

Offensive right tackle Ryan Tucker's injured hamstring isn't a problem. He's been practicing this week and is expected to play against Kansas City.

: Rookie tight end Kellen Winslow will continue to get work with the first and second teams as he follows a crash course following a 12-day holdout.

"He's an outstanding worker in practices," Davis said. "As exciting as all his skills are, you love his practice habits. He runs every route full speed. He's smart enough and unselfish enough that he realizes there are some things right now that he's a little bit behind in."

Cornerback Anthony Henry is taking a more serious approach to this season. That's not to say he wasn't serious about his job in recent seasons.

"I'm a little more focused. I'm taking a little different approach to the season," Henry said. "It's a big year for the whole team and the secondary. Even though I felt we had a good secondary last year, we still have to improve."

Henry is playing at 200 pounds, five pounds less than his 2003 playing weight.

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