BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns rookie receiver Travis Benjamin returned to practice Friday from a hamstring injury.
Benjamin sustained the injury Sept. 27 in a 23-16 loss to Baltimore and missed last week’s 41-27 loss to the Giants.
The return of Benjamin, who has 5 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in 4 games this season, clouds the situation at receiver for coach Pat Shurmur.
“There’s a chance we have to make another move here, and I’ll let that determine itself for us,” Shurmur said following practice. “I’m not going to make any announcements at this point.
“We haven’t made the final moves yet.”
It remains to be seen if receiver Josh Cooper will be activated from the practice squad. Cooper continued to take reps with the offense and the Browns have until 4 p.m. Saturday to decide if they will activate him.
“I’m still not sure,” Cooper said. “Hopefully I’ll find out in the next day so we’ll see.”
If he’s active, Shurmur is hopeful the college connection that Cooper and Weeden had will still be there.
“We hope so,” Shurmur said. “I think we saw them connect quite a bit when they were both learning the system in the preseason and in the offseason practice. Hopefully that connection is still there.”
At Oklahoma State, Cooper caught 161 passes for 1,696 yards and 11 touchdowns and has drawn comparisons to Patriots receiver Wes Welker who is also a former Cowboy.
“It’s humbling,” Cooper said. “I’ve heard that growing up through college coming from Oklahoma and he’s from Oklahoma so to hear that it means a lot.”
Receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and Jordan Norwood (foot) remain out and likely will not play against the Bengals. With Benjamin limited Friday, it would make sense to have Cooper available.
“There’s only 3 of us so I could help that out,” Cooper said. “I’m a possession guy and hopefully can make those tough catches and get first downs.”
Linebacker Scott Fujita missed his second consecutive practice due to a shoulder injury and may not play Sunday. Rookie James-Michael Johnson will likely fill in for him.
“I think I’m ready,” Johnson said. “The guys that I’m behind are vets so I’m glad to have people like that to site behind and learn from.
“I can go out there and make plays. It’s just football at the end of the day.”
Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin did not practice this week because of a calf injury. He likely won’t play opening the door for both rookie defensive tackles to start – John Hughes and Billy Winn.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and defensive back Tashaun Gipson (knee) also did not practice Friday.