Rochell cut, 2 return to practice, 5 sit out

After a busy few days, the Cleveland Browns returned to practice with their team intact on Wednesday. After finalizing the initial 53-man roster, the Browns asked Karen Mond to be released from the Minnesota Vikings’ immunity and signed 12 players to join their initial 16-man practice squad.

All 12 practice team players were with the team during training camp.

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HC Kevin Stefanski can feel more comfortable as the team returns to the practice field. Yesterday, Stefanski noted that the limited number of players on the field was “weird”.

Cleveland could still add four more players to their practice squad, and probably won’t because another wave of waiver trades could come tomorrow.

For now, there are a few notable things about returning to the field today, including Mond’s replacement on the roster:

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Rochelle played very well in the preseason and he’s expected to make the team a versatile player who can move in and out. Instead, with the arrival of Mond, Rochelle was cut as a vested veteran:

Rochelle is a candidate to return to the training class.

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The biggest news of the day was RT Jack Conklin’s return to team practice. Although he was activated from the PUP list a few weeks ago, Conklin’s involvement with the team was minimal.

There’s still a chance he won’t be able to play at the start of the season, but today was a big step in the right direction. With this news, the odds are much higher for Conklin to start the first week.

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DE Chase Winovich, who could have put his roster in jeopardy after being sidelined with injury, also returned today. Winovich, in the fast pass rusher role Takk McKinley played last season, should be behind Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.

Rookies Alex Wright and Isaiah Thomas provide solid, young depth behind the three veterans.

According to Fred Gratham OBR, OL Wyatt Teller (knee), CB AJ Green (hip) and S Ronnie Harrison (hamstring) all missed practice due to injury issues.

With a week-and-a-half to go before Week 1 against Carolina, the team may be cautious about injuries.

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According to Greetham, DE Jadeveon Clowney and OL Chris Hubbard also sat on the sidelines, but both aimed to rest.

Clowney and Hubbard have battled injuries throughout their careers, so rest days make sense for veterans.

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