Camp Report: Hadnot Fits In

When the Browns signed Rex Hadnot, a lot of Cleveland Browns fans scratched their heads. Why another guard? After all, we had Seth McKinney and Ryan Tucker. Plus, LeCharles Bentley might play guard. Well, now we know. Fred Greetham talked to Hadnot at camp today and has the story...

The same thing could be said in football about offensive linemen.

One of the curious off-season signings was offensive lineman Rex Hadnot. The offensive line seemed to be one of the deeper areas of the team. With Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Hank Fraley, Rex Tucker and Kevin Shaffer returning and Isaac Sowells and Lennie Friedman backing them up, they seemed solid. Add to that the return of Seth McKinney and LeCharles Bentley from injuries, it appeared the Browns were in good shape on the line.

However, the release of Bentley and hip injury to Tucker during OTAs have allowed Hadnot to move into Tucker's spot at the right guard slot. McKinney has been slowed recently with an ankle injury in training camp.

"I love it here," Hadnot said after Thursday's practice. "Every day is a new challenge a new day."

Hadnot has a chance to go from a 1-15 team in Miami to a 10-6 team from a year ago with lofty aspirations.

"That was the obvious positive," he said. "It's a good opportunity for me to come in a be a part of this team."

Hadnot, 26, is only in his fifth NFL season. He signed a two-year contract with the Browns through 2009 after being a sixth-round choice of the Dolphins in the 2004 NFL Draft from Houston. Hadnot has started the last 55 games in which he has played in the NFL. He started all 16 games at right guard in 2006 after starting all 16 at center in 2005. He started at both guard and center in 2005, besides starting the final seven games of his rookie season in 2004.

Hadnot says the line has made him feel welcome from the time he arrived.

"That's a tribute to the line," he said. "They don't accept anything but hard work and doing your job and it shows."


Peek Out: In a big blow to the Browns linebacker corps, LB Antwan Peek had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will be out until the beginning of the regular season.

"Peek had a scope this morning and it went well," Romeo Crennel said. "We will work to rehab him and hopefully, have him for the season opener."

Crennel said he had some loose cartilage that had been bothering him and the decision was made to get it out now.

The Browns were counting on Peek to provide a pass rush opposite of Kamerion WImbley. Crennel said that LBs David McMillan, Shante Orr and Willie McGinest will take Peek's reps. He also mentioned rookie Alex Hall.

Stadium Practice: The Browns will host family night at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Friday night. Crennel said that DL Corey Williams, TE Steve Heiden, WR Kevin Kasper, OL Seth McKinney and FB Lawrence Vickers will be held out, but all are making progress. He said that DB Gary Baxter has been resting h is knee but is hoping to return to practice Friday.

DL Robaire Smith and LB Willie McGinest were rested on Thursday.

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