Vinny's June Buzz

Our resident six-legged flying critter gets his buzz on again, this time with the scoop on some injuries, including info on critical components of the Cleveland Browns like Ryan Tucker and Kellen Winslow. Ya want the scoop? Listen to Vinny...

Mini-camp is here, most of the Browns are on the practice field, and some others are on the sideline. Here's a bit about which orange helmets are in motion, which of those players on the sideline may be of concern, plus some on the rooks:

Our buzzing friends surrounding the Browns practice facility have informed the Orange and Brown Report in recent days The skinny on the injuries is not as promising as you my have initially been led to believe.

  • Starting with the good news, cornerback Leigh Bodden, recovering from ankle surgery is expected to be ready for training camp in late July. Presently, Bodden is working out and running on his own, not participating in activities in mini-camp.
  • Linebacker Leon Williams is back on the practice field and the team expects him to be at 100-percent for camp. Williams, a late season replacement for injured D'Qwell Jackson, could make a play for increased playing time behind Jackson and Andra Davis.
  • Offensive lineman Seth McKinney feels good and is moving well in activities and mini-camp, but will remain a question until the pads go on in training camp. Coming off neck surgery, the Browns believe McKinney is physically sound, but the proof will be in the pudding.
  • According to those close to the team, the concerns are minimal regarding the mental illness condition which sidelined lineman Ryan Tucker last season. If healthy, Tucker is counted on to man the right tackle or right guard spot this season.
  • Tight end Kellen Winslow injury status remains the largest question heading into training camp. Coming off of off-season micro-fracture surgery, K2 is working out and running, but his knee is far from being practice-ready. At this time, team medical personnel have yet to clear him to run at full speed. Some buzz coming into the Orange and Brown Report is Winslow may not participate in training camp on a limited basis until the first or second week of August.

Onto the Rookies:

  • If offensive lineman Joe Thomas is not the starting left tackle on opening day, something will have gone terribly wrong. Thomas is displaying quick feet, agility, and athletic ability, while quickly picking up the offensive line calls. When the pads go on, Thomas should quickly display his strength and technique, which should separate him from 2006 starter Kevin Shaffer.
  • Eric Wright is going to be a starter for this team at some point. He has made some rookie mistakes while learning the defensive system, but his quickness, recovery speed, and skill makes him a solid candidate at the cornerback position. If he continues to display his ability when the pads go on, he could push for the starting role opposite Leigh Bodden.
  • The Brady Quinn watch continues in mini-camp. Quinn has shown some improvement over the past week or so, though he needs time. Until Quinn knows the playbook and can react - rather than think through the play - he will remain inconsistent... which is not much different from the other quarterbacks on the practice field.

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