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(Updated): Browns CB Joe Haden returns to practice; LB Scott Fujita ruled out


BEREA – Cornerback Joe Haden (knee) returned to practice today, but running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) and linebacker Scott Fujita (concussion) did not as the Browns prepared to host Seattle on Sunday.

Coach Pat Shurmur ruled Fujita out for Sunday, but said everyone else has a chance to play.

Haden, who hadn’t practiced since spraining his left knee Oct. 2 in a loss to Tennessee, lined up with the first team and looked good moving around. He said it's still too early to tell if he'll play Sunday.

"It went pretty good," he said. "We still don’t know for sure until it’ll be gametime. I'm going to come in tomorrow again and test it.

"I’m not going to go out there with a chance to hurt it again. It’s one game. If I don’t play next week, then the week after I’ll definitely be ready. But I want to make sure I’m out there 100 percent, not being able to hurt it again or hurt the team."

Hillis didn’t practice this week after pulling his left hamstring Sunday in the first quarter in Oakland. He was scheduled to run in the pool Thursday and hasn’t been available to the media since Sunday.

Fujita was sent home from the team facility Wednesday and Thursday as post-concussion symptoms lingered. He will be replaced by Kaluka Maiava.

Montario Hardesty, who would replace Hillis in the starting lineup, dropped a pass during the portion of practice open to the media – he dropped six in the last two games – and Shurmur called for Chris Ogbonnaya to replace him with the first-team offense. Hardesty did pushups as punishment.

Ogbonnaya was signed off Houston’s practice squad Tuesday and is expected to see some playing time if Hillis can’t go.

Shurmur wasn’t pleased with the start of practice. He yelled at tight end Alex Smith for a missed assignment before yanking Hardesty. Afterward, he said it was an "excellent" practice.

Rookie cornerback Buster Skrine (hip) returned to practice, along with offensive lineman Artis Hicks (back). Special teamer Ray Ventrone (hamstring) missed his third straight day.


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