BEREA – Courtney Brown didn’t appear on the practice field until midway through the afternoon session, and the defensive end didn’t participate in the drills.
Brown has a sore knee after falling on it Sunday. Coach Butch Davis indicated that the injury isn’t serious. Brown isn’t expected to be off the field for a long time.
“It’s precautionary,” Davis said. “He took a blow and fell on it. It’s sore.”
Any injury to Brown has to concern Davis. Brown has missed parts of three of his four seasons with the team. His season ended early last year when he ruptured a biceps tendon.
Brown entered camp on an upbeat mood. He talked at length with reporters last Friday, the most-extensive talk he’s had with the media since he’s been with the team.
Brown said that he realizes his health is a key to the success of the defense. He said the run of injuries that have plagued his career hasn’t affected his desire to play.
WARFIELD JOINS FRONT OFFICE: Continuing with their attempt to reach out to the past, Paul Warfield has been hired as a scout and career planning consultant.
Warfield will be involved in college scouting, talent evaluation and special projects. Warfield was director of player relations for the Browns from 1985-87.
“It’s nice to get back with the organization again,” Warfield said. “I was here 40 years ago for my first training camp, and now I want to help the Browns get back to a championship level of play.”
Warfield was the Browns’ first-round draft choice in 1964 after finishing his career at Ohio State. The receiver played for the Browns from 1964-69 before being traded to the Miami Dolphins in 1970 for the third selection in the draft, a pick the Browns used on Purdue quarterback Mike Phipps.
Shortly after helping lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowl championships during a five-year stay in Miami, Warfield returned to Cleveland in 1976 to finish his NFL career. He retired after the 1977 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
CHAUN THOMPSON A FREAK? Middle linebacker Andre Davis is one of Chaun Thompson’s biggest fans. Davis has a unique way of breaking down the talent levels of NFL players.
“There are three types of players,” Davis said. “You’ve got freaks, you’ve got your average players, and you’ve got your sorry players. The freaks are Michael Vick, Jamal Lewis and those boys. He (Thompson) has a chance to be a freak.”
Davis isn’t certain if Thompson wll become a dominant player at the outset of this season, but he’s convinced that good times are ahead for the second-year linebacker from West Texas A&M.
“He’s going to tear the league up, I’m telling you,” Davis said. “Maybe not this year, but once he
gets his confidence down, and he knows all the stuff, you’re going to see.”
CAMP NOTES: Tight end Aaron Shea had a strong afternoon workout. He caught a pair of touchdown passes.
Quarterback Jeff Garcia continues to make all the right moves. Tight end Steve Heiden caught a touchdown pass from Garcia, falling to the ground as he pulled in the ball.
Receiver Frisman Jackson had the play of the day when he caught a Garcia pass about 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. After slipping a tackle, Jackson ran the distance to score on a play that covered close to 70 yards.
Cleveland Glenville graduate and Ohio State recruit Ted Ginn was at the afternoon practice. Ginn, a cornerback and receiver, was the national high school player of the year in 2003.