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Four Browns skip mandatory camp, Hillis absent too

Abe Elam isn’t the only unsigned Cleveland Brown to skip mandatory minicamp this weekend.

Fullback Lawrence Vickers, linebacker Matt Roth, and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson are all absent, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.  Vickers’ absence is a surprise because he was at a voluntary practice this week, and said he would attend.  Vickers, Roth, and Elam are all represented by Drew Rosenhaus.

Fullback Peyton Hillis was absent for mysterious reasons.  He has an illness that prevented him from practicing the last two weeks.  (That doesn’t sound good.) It’s unclear what type of illness has kept him out of action so long. 

Kicker Phil Dawson, who has skipped most of the offseason in hopes of a
new contract, did show up.  So did restricted free agent running back
Jerome Harrison.

The Browns can’t be happy about all the absences, but they can’t do much about them since the players are unsigned.  The organization ultimately made a tactical mistake by not holding the mandatory minicamp after the June 15 deadline for RFAs to sign their deals.

UPDATE: Vickers showed up with 30 minutes left of the first practice.  Maybe he took the  Mangini rookie bus there.

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19 Responses to “Four Browns skip mandatory camp, Hillis absent too”
  1. lebowski says: Jun 10, 2010 11:56 AM

    The world would be a much better place if Rosenhaus would fall off a cliff.

  2. Jabberwocky says: Jun 10, 2010 12:00 PM

    Browns suck bigtime. Just doing my best impression of the troll known as “Brownsfn.”

  3. Spungy says: Jun 10, 2010 12:03 PM

    It’s good practice for not “showing up” in games.

  4. Free Ben 7 says: Jun 10, 2010 12:14 PM

    I will go ahead and say Peyton Hillis has a staph infection. It is the only thing that the Browns do right.

  5. DB26 says: Jun 10, 2010 12:22 PM

    Unfortunately for some of these guys, Mangini & Co. have some workhorses in place that can produce, given the opportunity. Mike Adams, Jason Trusnik, & David Bowens/Eric Barton/David Veikune can all play DQ’s spot.
    These guys aren’t doing themselves any favors. Not 1 mentioned has been consistent enough to earn a new contract. Such idiots!

  6. Mangy66 says: Jun 10, 2010 12:32 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Hillis has Staph Infection.
    Just another reason why top-flight free-agents should avoid Cleveland like the plague (no pun intended).

  7. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Jun 10, 2010 12:36 PM

    Free Ben 7 says:
    June 10, 2010 12:14 PM
    I will go ahead and say Peyton Hillis has a staph infection. It is the only thing that the Browns do right.
    ———-
    Amazing.

  8. rydendonkeys says: Jun 10, 2010 12:46 PM

    The Cleveland Staph Infections are an absolute joke. I hope the fans keep booing their own injured players until they move to another city and win a Super Bowl there…
    What? That already happened?
    Couldn’t happen to a worser city.
    ELWAY!!!!!

  9. SamWycheForPrez says: Jun 10, 2010 1:06 PM

    DB26 says:
    These guys aren’t doing themselves any favors. Not 1 mentioned has been consistent enough to earn a new contract. Such idiots!
    ———————————————————
    Sorry to inform you, no one employed by the Browns falls outside that category.

  10. OLDCRACKER says: Jun 10, 2010 1:27 PM

    Missing “voluntary” practice is one thing, missing “mandatory” practice is another. The Big Show won’t take kindly to it either.
    He should sell their contracts to the UFL and bring in guys who want to earn their money. Maybe the ones sitting out can finally excel, …in the UFL! :)

  11. MBone says: Jun 10, 2010 2:22 PM

    Man, these jokes are lame.
    In all seriousness, Abe Elam and Matt Roth are holding out? Seriously? Elam had a decent year last year, but it wasn’t spectacular. Also, he has a couple of rookies breathing down his back. Just sign the offer and solidify your starting position.
    As far as Roth goes, he was cut last year and now he’s holding out? Come on. Sure, he was decent in the last couple of games for the Browns, but decent doesn’t get you a big contract.

  12. trickbunny says: Jun 10, 2010 2:53 PM

    Yeah, after one outbreak in the past, there have been zero new cases of staph in the last couple years- but hey, since someone is sick, it *must* be staph… because, you know, it was there a couple years ago. Makes sense.
    Duh.

  13. orangeandbrown85 says: Jun 10, 2010 3:16 PM

    Hey rydendonkeys- perhaps you should go get yourself something higher than a 3rd grade education before you make fun of a city. “Worser” is not a word, jackass.
    Take the time and read a book instead of “riding donkeys”

  14. buckifan4life says: Jun 10, 2010 4:45 PM

    @rydendonkeys:
    “Couldn’t happen to a worser city.”
    A “worser” city,…is that how you say it?
    Quite trolling football message boards and go get your GED, you ‘tard!
    Too funny.

  15. steeler560 says: Jun 10, 2010 4:55 PM

    Good to see the Clowns preparing for the upcoming season…4-12 is not out of the question

  16. Cougar Bait says: Jun 10, 2010 4:57 PM

    Peyton Hillis’ mystery illness has been diagnosed: He realized he’s a Cleveland Brown. He’s hopeful it’s not a terminal case.

  17. fleet10 says: Jun 10, 2010 6:31 PM

    I’m a Browns fan, therefore, I like to visit posts regarding my favorite team…………
    ……the time and energy you douches must have to click on every post to talk shat about a team you don’t follow must be endless………..
    ……you always could, you know, get a job, an education, or a girlfriend, or in some other way, positively contribute to society, instead of coming on pft and pretending your comments are sending the business end of a revolver into the mouths of us Browns fans…………..
    a$$holes

  18. rolli1967 says: Jun 10, 2010 10:30 PM

    Free Ben 7 says:
    June 10, 2010 12:14 PM
    I will go ahead and say Peyton Hillis has a staph infection. It is the only thing that the Browns do right.
    ————————————————-
    Hey Free Worthlessbuger 7,
    Your screen-name says it all. You support a fat asswipe of a QB. With Worthlessbooger suspended for 6 games the Stoolers will be lucky to finish 6-10. Times are a-changin Stooler troll, the Browns are on their way up and the Stoolers on their way down. SUCK IT UP BITCH!!!

  19. rolli1967 says: Jun 10, 2010 10:37 PM

    steeler560 says:
    June 10, 2010 4:55 PM
    Good to see the Clowns preparing for the upcoming season…4-12 is not out of the question
    ————————————————
    Yeah that maybe true Stooler560, but 2 of the Browns 4 wins will be against the Stoolers and their fat asswipe pig of a QB Worthlessbooger. Last year’s win was just the beginning….it will be fun to watch Worthlessburger get “raped” on the field by the Browns twice next season!!!!!!

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