By DARYL RUITER, 92.3 The Fan Browns Beat ReporterBy Daryl Ruiter | 92.3 The Fan

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns’ defense is getting healthier.

Starting nickelback Dimitri Patterson practiced for the first time in 7 weeks Wednesday and is hoping that he’ll be able to play this week against the Raiders.

“I’m close,” Patterson said. “I’m as close as I could be. I can’t give a percentage but at this point in time with my injury I’m as close as I could be.”

Patterson tested his ankle last Tuesday and decided to wait another week before trying to give it a go.

“[It’s] just how I felt on Monday and Tuesday,” Patterson said. “Monday and Tuesday – that’s my gauge. If I can complete a workout simulating what I do [relatively] pain free then I’ll go forward and I’ll practice. That was the first time that I felt pretty good after doing that workout. There wasn’t a lot of pain so I felt I could give it a go.”

Patterson has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle and a torn tendon and ligament which has forced him to miss the last 6 games. He’s been cautious about returning too soon and being a liability in the secondary.

Following his workout Tuesday in Berea, those fears have been alleviated.

“You don’t want to be a liability and that was my main focus,” Patterson said. “When I’m out there I want to be an asset. I feel right now I can be so I’ll just take it day by day.”

The defensive line has received a boost in the last month with the return of starting defensive tackles Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin from injuries,

I’m Sorry: Browns linebacker Tank Carder put his written Twitter apology into words Wednesday after practice.

“The things that I said in the tweet don’t reflect how I feel,” Carder said. “It was something that should not have been said. It was inappropriate and I deeply apologize.”

Carder used a gay slur and made other homophobic comments last week on Twitter and Wednesday he tried to put his ill advised use of vocabulary into context.

“It was slang and a terrible choice of words and if I could take it back I could,” Carder said. “It doesn’t reflect my character and it doesn’t reflect the way I feel.

Head coach Pat Shurmur, who is not a fan of social media, said the situation with Carder has been addressed.

“Obviously, it’s very inappropriate,” Shurmur said. “Obviously, he does not speak for me or the Cleveland Browns. That’s very inappropriate and very wrong, and not something that we condone. You know my feeling on social media.”

Shurmur said despite the latest gaffe by a Brown on social media he will not ban it because it is a part of life. Better yet, his player need to learn to be responsible should they choose to use it.

“Times change, and social media is a part of our world,” Shurmur said. “I think what you have to do is be very professional if you choose to have those accounts. You have to be very professional and understand that when you hit send, if there’s something inappropriate there or is not what you think, it’s a very serious deal.

“I appeal to their professionalism. Case in point, Greg Little. He hasn’t twittered, he hasn’t tweeted or whatever that is. He’s never had to apologize for something he didn’t say. That’s my feeling on it.”

Injury Report: Did Not Practice: KR/PR/WR Josh Cribbs (shoulder/chest), DB Ray Ventrone (hand/calf) and S Usama Young (head).

Limited Participation: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), TE Alex Smith (chest/ribs) and QB Brandon Weeden (head).

Full Participation: DB Johnson Bademosi (hip/shin), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), RG Shawn Lauvao (arm), RB Trent Richardson (chest/ribs/finger), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/finger) and S T.J. Ward (knee).


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