Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/9/14
58

Buster Skrine had a pick and a big hit

The big story coming out of training camp today is obviously the injury of LB Chris Gocong. The injury occurred on a goal line 11-on-11 drill. Gocong was covering TE Jordon Cameron. Cameron and Gocong both went up for the ball, and when they came down Gocong was in immediate pain. It did not appear as if Gocong stepped on Cameron, but rather hurt himself on the way up.

He was on the field for several minutes before the trainers finally helped him to the cart and took him off the field.

The Browns will have an MRI performed on his right ankle/foot. The buzz around camp after practice was a possible achilles injury, and a serious one at that. Browns players certainly are hoping for the best, but fear the worst. Shurmur would call the injury unfortunate and “an unitended consequence of the game.”

Kaluka Maiava said that the loss of Gocong would definitely hurt the team- “He’s a great leader on the defense. A positive guy. The defense just works better with him in there.”

Maiava would be one of the players that would see more playing time if Gocong is out for an extended period. With the Fujita suspension, he and James-Michael Johnson could both be pressed into starter’s duty. Kaluka added he felt like he was in the best shape of his life, and has a good grasp of the playbook.

Veteran Scott Fujita said Johnson and fellow rookie LB Emmanuel Acho both have impressed him so far with their knowledge of the playbook, their preparedness and how the ask good questions about the system and the game.

MLB D’Qwell Jackson was visibly disappointed and said of the injury to Gocong “Every year it’s something different.” Of course, two years ago it was Jackson himself who suffered the season ending injury.

When asked about the possibility of looking outside the organization for help at LB if Gocong’s injury turns out to be serious, Shurmur said they would certainly take a look at those options.

It would be a good idea. The LB unit was thin already, depending on two rookies to contribute at least in the short term of Fujita’s suspension. Now, they could be forced to add a piece. Perhaps a move after roster cuts are finalized and a veteran becomes available.

—-

The play of the day, and perhaps the hardest hit of camp to date belongs to Buster Skrine. Skrine came up from his CB position to blow up Oniel Cousins who was pulling on a sweep play. The crack of the hit echoed throughout the facility followed by screams and hoots from both the fans in the stands and the players watching on the sidelines. Sheldon Brown chased Skrine half way across the field to congratulate the 5’9″ 185 pound CB. Cousins is listed at 6’4″ and 315 pounds. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

—-

There were several nice catches, one play in particular was a sideline route by Josh Gordon that Brandon Weeden threw the ball right on the money for. Speaking of Gordon, he made a catch in an 11-on-11 game situation drill and didn’t run through to the end zone. Pat Shurmur made sure to call that particular play out in his press conference as an example of a play that was made but not finished- “He’ll never do that again.”

—-

Trent Richardson got several carries in 11-on-11 third and one situation drills. He ran to both sides for first downs. He also had a fumble which TJ Ward recovered and returned. To the delight of Joe Haden of course.

—-

Second time I’ve been impressed with Mohamed Massaquoi. Working out of the slot agrees with him. Or maybe it’s Weeden. Maybe both. It doesn’t matter as long as he stays healthy (read: concussion free) I think he could have an impact on the offense that we haven’t seen from him in his young career.

—-

The mood change of practice after the Gocong injury was stunning. While he was laying on the field several players dropped to a knee around him and prayed. Everyone was shaken by it. The team moved on from the goal line drill and started working on special teams. The crowd changed too. What was a somewhat boisterous practice (spurred on by the Skrine hit on Cousins) went quiet.

—-

Travis Benjamin is fast to be sure, but he had a couple of drops. One was a deep ball from Colt McCoy (!) that was right on the money and Benjamin flat dropped it. Bert Reed also had a noticeable drop. Reed probably can’t afford to have many of these drops. These are the kind of plays that are remembered when roster decisions are being made.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Celtics looking to make LeBron's life difficult in playoff series

WATCH: Luke Rockhold chokes out Lyoto Machida

WATCH: Masai Ujiri fires up Raptors fans with expletive

Andre Johnson: Signing with Colts not about revenge

Pete Rose joining FOX as baseball analyst

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce around time of relapse

Isaiah Thomas once peed himself to avoid subbing out

Report: ESPN employees want Britt McHenry fired

WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

Report: Vikings want first-rounder, starting CB for Peterson

Jarret Stoll arrested for possession of drugs

Report: Todd Gurley's knee checks out well in evaluation

WATCH: All 286 3-pointers Steph Curry made this season

WATCH: Devan Dubnyk makes great save while leaving net

Sabres GM not happy about losing draft lottery

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

Five early takeaways from the 2015 MLB season

WATCH: Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

WATCH: Cardale Jones throws ball 74 yards during contest

Shaka Smart was quite popular at the Texas spring game

Ohio State sets spring game attendance record

WATCH: Bubba Watson raps on Christian rap track

WATCH: Jags mascot wins closest to pin at Sawgrass

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from wife

Report: McHenry's coworkers want her fired

WATCH: Raptors fans taunt Paul Pierce

Five things to watch in NBA Playoffs

Jarret Stoll busted for drugs

CJ Wilson: Hamilton is 'ready to go'

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.