Bodden Sans Boot

There could be some positive news for Browns fans this afternooon as starting cornerback Leigh Bodden took the practice field without the boot protecting his right ankle. Here's the latest...

Things might be looking up for the Browns injury-riddled secondary.

Left cornerback Leigh Bodden walked onto the practice field Friday without a cumbersome walking boot on his tender right angle. He did wear a small brace, but it was nothing compared to the boot that forced him to miss practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Bodden said he won't know until a couple hours before kickoff Sunday whether he will play against the Panthers. He is improving and remains hopeful.

"I want to play," he said. "I'm getting better. Hopefully I'll feel better in two days than I do now. I'm going to be smart, but I feel like I can bounce back and play."

Bodden rated his chances of playing against the Panthers as 60-40 on the positive side. When he was not in meetings or watching practice he was in the trainer's room trying to get better.

"I was here until 7:30 one night," he said. "I used everything they have in there - laser, ice, getting on my toes to do calf raises - everything."

Gary Baxter, the right cornerback, won't talk about his situation. He missed two straight games with a pectoral injury.

Baxter and Bodden watched the portion of practice that was open to the media Friday.

Coach Romeo Crennel said Justin Hamilton probably will not play Sunday. Hamilton wore a boot and was on the sideline for practice Friday.

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