BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said Tuesday that he’s leaning towards naming Oniel Cousins the starter at right guard in the opener against the Dolphins.
But not yet.
“[Cousins] has the edge right now,” Chudzinski said. “I’ve been pleased with how quickly he’s made the transition. It’s not been perfect by any means, and he’s still working and still needs to continue to work. But it’s been relatively smooth.”
Although Cousins has been rotating in practice with rookie Garrett Gilkey since Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston sustained high ankle sprains, it was Cousins that got the bulk of the work against the Colts.
“I think it’s nice to have a guy like Oniel because he’s got NFL starts under his belt,” left tackle Joe Thomas said. “Even though we lost two right guards a lot of times when you go three deep most times you are getting into a guy that has no experience. So having Oniel there is very helpful because he has NFL starts, playing time experience, he’s versatile in that he can play tackle or guard. And, he’s a big, physical guy who can help us.”
Last week the Browns tried trading defensive end Brian Sanford to Seattle for guard John Moffitt but voided the trade due to medical concerns.
“I feel better about the situation and Oniel [with] what he’s done and what he’s shown,” Chudzinski said. “We just have to keep working. I think we do have a couple different options and that’s the thing you always want to have is some options. Oniel moving from tackle to guard was one of the things that we had discussed.
“We weren’t sure how it would all work out, but it seems like it’s gone as well as we could’ve expected.”
Thomas, who has made the pro bowl in each of his first 6 seasons without missing a single offensive snap since being drafted No. 3 overall in 2007, is confident in both Cousins and Gilkey.
“I think [Cousins] is going to do a nice job,” Thomas said. “I don’t think they have named a starter. Oniel has gotten most of the reps and Garrett has been doing a nice job when he’s in there. I’m not sure how who the starter is going to be, but I’ll be comfortable with them. It’s not going to hold us back one bit.”
Mingo Update – There is still no definitive timetable for Barkevious Mingo to return but he is making progress and it doesn’t appear that Mingo is a candidate for the injured reserve-designated to return slot.
“Actually, he’s doing better, and he continues to be monitored,” Chudzinski said. “He’s actually going to run a little bit today so we’re looking forward to seeing that.”
As the days go by it becomes less and less likely that Mingo will be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener.
“We have no timetable,” Chudzinski said. “We just have to see how he progresses and how he heals. It’s really just an individual thing. It’s from individual to individual on how quickly they heal.”
Gordon, Little Enter Pleas – Receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little entered not guilty pleas in Cleveland Municipal Court today concerning recent traffic violations.
Little entered a not guilty plea on 3 traffic citations that he received on May 28 and a criminal pretrial hearing is set for Sept. 10 at 9:00 a.m.
The traffic citations for Little are separate from the recent speeding ticket that he received on Aug. 20. He is also due in Berea court on Sept. 4 after being pulled over on I-71 near the turnpike for going 81 in a 60 zone and driving with expired license plates.
Little paid a $350.00 fine following a single car accident on April 13 after pleading guilty to speeding. He told police he was driving 127 miles per hour prior to the crash and lost control of his vehicle after hitting a pothole.
Gordon was most recently cited on Aug. 13 for doing 98 in a 60 zone on I-71 near West 150th. He was also pulled over on May 10th on West 25h for doing 45 in a 25. A trial has been set for Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.
Missing In Action – Backup quarterback Jason Campbell and receiver Davone Bess were not on the practice field Tuesday.
Campbell sat out due to an illness while Bess continued to rest his sore knee according to a team spokesman.
Injuries – In addition to Campbell and Bess, TE Jordan Cameron (groin), K Brandon Bogotay (groin), DE Desmond Bryant (back), CB Chris Owens (foot), FS Jamoris Slaughter (groin), WR Naaman Roosevelt (hamstring), RB Montario Hardesty (knee/thumb), RB Dion Lewis (fractured fibula), CB Trevin Wade (shoulder), OL Ryan Miller (concussion) and RG Jason Pinkston (high ankle sprain) and RG Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain) remain out.
Up Next – The Browns will hold their pregame walk through Wednesday before traveling to Chicago for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Bears.
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