Tuesday Mini-Camp Update
Keith Heinrich walks off the field after a session of the Browns 2004 May Mini-camp (S. Trombetti / Bernie's Insiders)

Posted Jun 14, 2005

The Browns had a more-inspired practice, but two tight ends go under the knife. Keith Heinrich (pictured) joins Winslow on the operating table...


As mini-camp entered its second day, the Browns found themselves without their top two draft choices, Braylon Edwards and Brodney Pool.

Let's see... an play-making stud the team hopes will ignite the offense and a highly regarded safety who will help short up the secondary are drafted. Neither are available.

Where have we seen this before?

The Browns aren't worried about a repeat of the season-ending injuries which claimed TE Kellen Winslow, Jr., and S Sean Jones in 2004, however. Edwards missed camp in the morning due to a personal matter (a death in the family) and will be returning to Berea tonight. Pool is still recovering from a hamstring pull and will be worked back in slowly.

Edwards is also coming back from a muscle strain, which is not serious. Head coach Romeo Crennel said today that the team would "ease him back in".

Both Pool and Edwards have some additional opportunities to work, despite their inability so far to be involved in mini-camp. While veterans leave after Wednesday's practice, rookies will remain in Berea for the next several weeks to continue workouts.

WINSLOW GOES UNDER THE KNIFE: The Browns did not have an update on the status of tight end Kellen Winslow after this morning's practice. The team hopes to hear from the surgeon, Anthony Miniaci, later in the day and should have more information about Winslow's status.

FAMILIAR STORY AT TIGHT END: The Browns corps of tight ends, while capable, continues to have a difficult time with injuries. The team revealed today that tight end Keith Heinrich also suffered an ACL injury during passing camp and was also receiving treatment at the clinic.

Heinrich had similar bad fortune last year, when he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list due to an ankle injury suffered during passing camp.

With the loss of Heinrich, the Browns have youngsters Paul Irons and Keith Willis behind veterans Aaron Shea and Steve Heiden. The team also added Roger Robinson and was working him out at the tight end position.

PICKING UP THE INTENSITY: As we noted yesterday, Monday morning practice wasn't perhaps as intense as we expected it to be. Crennel noted this as well, saying that the team's practice was a "little sluggish, a little going through the motions". The coaching staff spoke with the team prior to practice and Crennel was pleased with the up-tick in activity today.

CRENNEL KICKS BACK: Romeo Crennel will also get a brief respite from reviving the Browns during the six-week hiatus for veterans. Crennel will be attending his daughter's wedding in early July and informed the press that he will take some time off, at his wife's request, following the ceremonies.

- BDMc

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