BEREA —Eric Mangini was asked to clarify his statement on whether Shaun Rogers is getting closer to getting on the field.
Mangini said Wednesday, “I don’t think we’re close right now,” he said. “I think we’re still a little ways away.”
Mangini said he didn’t mean to imply that Rogers was behind in his rehab.
“I wasn’t being under optimistic,” he said prior to Thursday’s practice. “That was just the timetable set by the trainers. Sometimes, you’re not where you want to be at the landmark. You just don’t know. I wasn’t trying to give the impression there was a variation from it.”
Mangini said the absence of Rogers and C.J. Mosley should help the depth.
“The young guys will have a chance to speed up their growth with those guys out.”
In the mix on the defensive line behind projected starters Kenyon Coleman, Robaire Smith and Rogers are Ahtyba Rubin, Brian Schaefering, Cliff Geathers, Swanson Miller, Kwaku Danson, Brian Sanford and Titus Adams.
If Rogers rehab lingers or he is suspended, there is good possibility that Rubin would start at nose tackle. Mangini said he isn’t concerned with Rogers making the transition to end and that it would be more of a rotation.
“With Shaun playing outside, I don’t think he would be playing exclusively outside,” he said. “He would play the nose position, as well. In terms of understanding the scheme and things like that, he has seen a lot of things over a course of time and don’t see that being a tough thing for him to do.”
Injury Update: P Dave Zastudil will be back for Friday’s practice after visiting with his doctor and re-examing his knee.
Mangini said he’s not concerned with Zastudil.
“It’s fairly typical for guy who had surgery.”
P Reggie Hodges has been dong the punting in Zastudil’s place.
FB Lawrence Vickers was back at practice after sitting out Wednesday night.
Mangini said he expects that DB Chris Roberson will probably be out at least a couple weeks with a leg injury suffered in Wednesday’s morning practice.
Brown and White: Special team coordinator Brad Seeley and quarterbacks coach Carl Smith are the coaches for Saturday’s scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The game is slated for 1 p.m. as part of Family Day with free admission. Mangini said the teams are pretty much set as the two coaches drafted their teams.