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By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
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No. 51 back on the field: Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice for the first time Monday since suffering a bruised lung in the second preseason game on Aug. 15.
In the portion of practice open to media, Mingo participated in loose calisthenics and individual drills.
By NFL rule, the Browns don’t have to disclose an injury report until Wednesday, and they have chosen to do that. They have not given an update on Mingo’s status for Sunday’s game against Miami. They have not ruled him out.
Coach Rob Chudzinski was not available to media on Monday.
Mingo declined to comment after practice. He said he would speak on Friday after participating in a few more practices.
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said, “The main thing is his health. He’s dealing with something I’ve never had experience with and a lot of other guys haven’t. You want to be over-cautious with something like that. It’s good to see him moving. Whenever we get him back, it’s gonna be full steam ahead. He’s a smart guy. He’s done everything right so far. He’s running, that’s a good thing. Whether he comes back this week or next week, I’m not the guy to answer that question.”
Jackson acknowledged that Mingo is rarin’ to go.
“He was the first-round pick. He wants to be out there to show guys how good he can rush off the edge,” Jackson said. “We know how good he’s gonna be and how good he is right now. But the good thing about this team, we have guys that can step up while he’s out, so there’s no rush for him to get back.”
More youth: The Browns’ practice squad of seven includes two players cut on Aug. 31 – safety Jamoris Slaughter, the sixth-round draft pick from Notre Dame; and receiver Tori Gurley.
Others signed to the squad:
* Receiver Jasper Collins, Mount Union College (cut by Miami Dolphins).
* Defensive back Kip Edwards, Missouri (Buffalo Bills).
* Defensive back Darius Eubanks, Georgia Southern (Minnesota Vikings).
* Defensive back Terrence Frederick, Texas A&M, (N.Y. Giants).
* Defensive back Julian Posey, Ohio University, (Miami Dolphins).
Kicking update: The Browns will conduct kicking tryouts on Tuesday, players’ day off. Reportedly, among the invited tryouts are Dan Carpenter and Billy Cundiff. Carpenter was cut by Miami and the Jets this summer. Cundiff was cut by the Jets.
Other unsigned kickers with NFL experience are Justin Medlock, Olindo Mare and Neil Rackers. The Browns have no intention to try out Havard Rugland, the Norwegian YouTube sensation cut by the Detroit Lions. The Browns gave Rugland a tryout in March and elected not to sign him.
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