Breaking: Bentley Cleared to Practice

The Cleveland Browns have cleared LeCharles Bentley to participate in individual drills with the team in mini-camp starting today. There are some restrictions on Bentley's activities in practice. Here are the latest details!

10:05AM: Phil Savage told the media today that LeCharles Bentley will be practicing with the team starting today. Bentley passed both his physical and the standard run test that the administered by the team.

Savage credited Bentley with his recovery and stated that the team's hesitancy with Bentley were due to concerns about the player's health, the team's end of it, and the players Bentley has to play with on the line. As we have reported on the OBR, liability issues were also a concern as the team gauged what to with the lineman's desire to play.

For now, Bentley will take part in individual drills, and will not participate in seven-on-seven or eleven-on-eleven scrimmages. Savage stated that the team will continue to take it slow with the lineman, who suffered a patellar tear in his knee back in August 2006. Similar restrictions apply for DB Gary Baxter, who is also in uniform and participating in individual drills. Baxter suffered patellar tears in both knees during a 2006 game against Denver.

Also of note is that Donte Stallworth and Brandon McDonald are not at mini-camp today due to deaths in the family.Joe Jurevicius is not participating, but is instead continuing his rehab.

9:55AM: The OBR's Lane Adkins reports that LeCharles Bentley is in camp, in uniform, and is lined up with other players as the team prepares to practice.

9:30AM: A press conference with Phil Savage has been scheduled for 10AM today. Sources tell the OBR that discussions regarding Bentley's future took place well into the evening on Monday.

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