Reuben Droughns said he will plead 'not guilty' to domestic vio
Droughns practiced Sunday then scurried off the field to head for the airport. He said he hopes a trial date will be set for next year, which would mean he won't have to miss any playing time this season.
Throughout the ordeal the Browns have expressed confidence Droughns will not get any prison time or be suspended by the NFL. Droughns allegedly threw his wife Kellie out the door of their home in Centennial, Colo. In June Droughns said the charges "are a little exaggerated."
Coach Romeo Crennel said Droughns will remain the starting running back until the courts or the NFL say otherwise.
Baxter getting closer
The banged up Browns finally got some good news at cornerback. Gary Baxter, sidelined with a strained pectoral muscle, began lifting weights Sunday. He is more confident than ever he will be ready for the opener against the Saints.
"Rehabbing is going great," he said. "I think I'm ahead of schedule. I'm able to move my arm. I'm a fast healer."
Thumbs up on QBS
Ken Dorsey and Derek Anderson will continue their audition for backup quarterback Saturday when the Browns play the Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Saturday. Crennel said if they progress as well as they did after the first game he would be satisfied with them as Charlie Frye's backup.
"This week, we looked more like a team and the quarterbacks looked more like quarterbacks," Crennel said. "If we can improve this coming week, I think that improves everyone's chances. I think (Dorsey's) experience helps him."
Dorsey looked better in practice Sunday, but one of his passes was intercepted by Daven Holly.
Good news on Tuckers
Ryan Tucker was in some individual drills. He would like to play Saturday against the Bills. He doesn't think that will happen, but he has the preseason finale against the Bears circled.
"We're taking it day by day," the 10-year veteran said. "I'd like to be out there Saturday (against the Bills), but it probably won't happen. It takes me a few games to get into game-shape no matter what happens out here.
"The important thing for me is to get healthy. I don't want to rush it early on and delay my return. We're going to play it safe. I'm going to strengthen that quad as much as I can. I'm not going to come out until I'm 100 percent."
Center Ross Tucker played well in the first half, but the Browns are still looking for a center, Crennel said.