Lehan Gets His Shot

While Daylon McCutcheon battles migraine headaches, back-up cornerback Michael Lehan is trying to show the Browns new coaches what he is capable of doing. The Browns corner looked good in camp today, and Fred Greetham talked to him after practice...

Berea— With starting cornerback Daylon McCutcheon battling headaches, third-year cornerback Michael Lehan is getting quite an opportunity to step in and show his stuff.

Lehan was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Browns and has shown promise. However, he's suffered nagging injuries that have caused him to miss 10 games in his first two years. He has had a couple of hamstring injuries, as well as injuries to his calf. Lehan has started four games in his first two seasons.

"I've been healthy coming into camp, but have gotten injured during the season," he said. "I've worked on my strength, have done some yoga and tried various things to build up my body so I can stay on the field."

Lehan has been working with the first team at left cornerback, opposite of Gary Baxter.

"I don't know if I'm getting more time on the field or not," he said. "I am working against (Dennis) Northcutt and (Antonio) Bryant a lot more."

The former Golden Gopher broke up a pass intended for Northcutt during Monday's scrimmage.

"I broke on the ball and got good placement," he said.

Lehan thinks he has performing well thus far, but knows the real test will start on Saturday against the Giants.

"I always want to play well," Lehan said. "I have confidence and am happy with the opportunity I have. I just want to make the most of it."

The cornerback also likes the Browns switch to the 3-4 and thinks the team is grasping it as a whole.

"I think the 3-4 defense makes a lot of sense," he said. "I think it's easier to know and understand."

Lehan is ready to make a move and be a big contributor, whether it be as a nickel back, starter or on special teams.

"I have more confidence after playing a couple years and being in the NFL," he said. "I know what it's all about."

Walking Wounded: Besides McCutcheon, TE Aaron Shea missed practice with a strained hip flexor. OL Craig Osika missed practice with a toe injury. RB Reuben Droughns was held out again with a hamstring injury. Crennel said he hopes Droughns will be back "either Tuesday or Wednesday."

Spears Released
: OL Marcus Spears was released Monday. Spears was signed by the Browns as an unrestricted free agent on June 7. He was in his 12th year in the NFL and was expected to help add depth on the offensive line.

"I told (Spears) I thought he'd be further along than he was," Crennel said. "I told him I thought it was better to let him go now, than to wait until later in training camp when teams have their rosters set."

Braylon Update:
Crennel said rookie WR Braylon Edwards is getting farther and farther behind the more camp he misses, but Crennel is not pushing the panic button.

"I've got a couple of receivers here, already," Crennel said. "We are talking (the Browns and his agent) and that's a good thing."

Bryant May Miss Again:
WR Antonio Bryant missed Saturday's practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium due to "personal reasons." He was back at practice and
asked to comment, but declined to.

"It was a family matter," he said. "I'd rather not discuss it. I'll probably have to leave again. It's something everybody has to go through."

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