Phil Savage met with the local Cleveland Browns media prior to today's first Training Camp practice, bearing news about three veteran players.
The team met with LeCharles Bentley and his agent earlier today, a meeting that represented the team's first real opportunity to physically examine Bentley in 2007. Bentley will not be activated to the roster, instead remaining on Active/Physically Unable to Peform and the Browns will re-evaluate him in four weeks. The 2006 free agent signee did not get a full physical, but did take an MRI. Bentley will attend team meetings and continue rehab both inside of the Berea facility and will rehab some outside with personally-selected trainers.
Meanwhile, the Browns had more positive news regarding TE Kellen Winslow. The tight end, who had off-season micro-fracture surgery, has been cleared for practice and will be on the field during the team's first training camp session today.
As with Winslow, the news regarding CB Gary Baxter continues to be positive. The Browns will not activate him today, but feel confident that he will activated after the weekend. Baxter's improbable return will continue on Monday, although he will not do everything his teammates do during practices.
QUINN NEGOATIONS CONTINUE: Savage didn't have any news of progress with QB Brady Quinn. Savage described the talks with Quinn's agent Tom Condon as "good", but not as frequent as they were with LT Joe Thomas or CB Eric Wright, who both signed contracts with the team on Thursday night.
STADIUM TO BE READY: The team is satisfied that Cleveland Browns Stadium will be "good to go" for the team's first pre-season game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Browns have canceled their annual "Family Night" practice following flooding during a recent Kenny Chesney country music concert.
MINTER IN A BOOT: Browns fans will have to wait a while longer to see CB DeMario Minter, a 2006 draft choice. Minter, who was on the injured reserve last season, is wearing a boot and will not practice on Friday.