Jun 12, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur walks from the huddle at the end of minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Browns Preseason: Roster Cut Down To 53 As Preseason Wraps Up

After wrapping up the preseason with a loss against the Bears, the Browns must now cut down the roster to the final 53-man squad.

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Dimitri Patterson, Ray Ventrone Return To Browns Practice

The return of Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson to practice Monday was significant news for the team, but another important player, cornerback Dimitri Patterson, also returned from injury to practice, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:

With Browns cornerback Joe Haden facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, getting Patterson, who missed most of the preseason with his injury, back in the lineup will help the depleted secondary. The return of Ventrone, a backup to strong safety Eric Hagg, should also help the secondary.

Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland also noted a minor move on the Cleveland practice squad:

On another note, the Browns brought back defensive end Brian Sanford to the practice squad. To make room, linebacker Solomon Elimimian was eliminated.

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Browns Rookies Billy Winn, John Hughes Will Rotate At DT In Place Of Injured Phil Taylor

To replace injured defensive tackle Phil Taylor, the Cleveland Browns announced Monday they will rotate rookies Billy Winn and John Hughes. The roster strategy was made official by head coach Pat Shurmur, who spoke to the media about depth chart decisions.

Both Winn and Hughes will try to fill the shoes of Taylor, who's recovering from pectoral surgery and is out until the midseason. Winn and Hughes are expected to pair with four-year veteran Ahtyba Rubin on the Browns' defensive line.

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Pat Shurmur 'Very Impressed' With Colt McCoy, Browns May Keep Him As Backup

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur has liked what he has seen from quarterback Colt McCoy during traning camp, and there is a possibility that McCoy will be kept around as the Browns' backup headed into the regular season.

As reported by Darin Gantt of NBC's Pro Football Talk, Shurmur has been pleased with McCoy's performance:

"I think he’s done an outstanding job here in training camp," Shurmur said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I’m very pleased with where he’s at. I gained an even greater appreciation of him, the way he’s competed, the way he’s handled the situation, let’s just call it that. I’m very impressed with how he’s doing.

The former starter McCoy has lost his job to 28-year-old rookie Brandon Weeden. The Browns took Weeden 22nd overall in last April's draft.

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Mohamed Massaquoi Injury Update: Browns WR Tweets He Didn't Suffer Concussion

Given his concussion history, it must have been a scary moment for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi when he suffered a head injury during Friday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He was forced to leave the field of play and, after the game, Browns coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that Massaquoi had suffered a concussion, his third in three seasons.

In an odd twist, though, Massaquoi took to Twitter on Friday night to deny that he had suffered any ill effects from the hit.

It's hard to fault Massaquoi for wanting to get back on the field, but the team will obviously need to monitor his condition very carefully over the next few days and weeks. It's unclear at the moment if he'll miss any additional time.

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Brandon Weeden Named Browns Starting Quarterback By Pat Shurmur

On Monday afternoon, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur officially named Brandon Weeden as the team's starting quarterback for the 2012-13 season. Weeden will make his first start on Friday night when the Browns take on the Detroit Lions in their first preseason game.

Shurmur also stated that the back-up position will be decided through the course of training camp, with Colt McCoy acting as the No. 2 on Friday night.

The presumption was that it was only a matter of time before Shurmur announced Weeden as the starter. The Browns' head coach consistently but ambiguously stated that he would name a starter "sooner rather than later" but this still comes very early in the preseason process.

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Chris Gocong Injury Update: Browns LB To Undergo MRI

The Browns can't help but to be worried about the severity of Chris Gocong's leg injury during practice at training campon Saturday. According the Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the injury sustained appeared to have been his right Achilles, but Gocong will undergo an MRI on Saturday to be sure.

That's what the team and Gocong are worried about, though.

"It would be a huge hit,'' said linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. "Chris is a great player.''

Gocong suffered a non-contact injury while defending a touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron in the end zone. Gocong had been expected to fill in at strong side linebacker in the Browns' first three games for the suspended Scott Fujita. That appears to be in jeopardy at this point.

The Browns get a bad break here in what should otherwise be an exciting time with rookies like Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson on board, and the team experiencing a change in ownership recently.

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