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WR Mohamed Massaquoi says he never had concussion symptoms after hit Friday


BEREA – Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi said this morning he didn’t suffer any concussion symptoms after taking a shot to the head Friday on the first offensive play of the preseason. He was removed from the game and taken to the locker room for the rest of the night.

“I feel great, always felt great, never developed a symptom or anything,” Massaquoi said. “Everything that was done was strictly precautionary because of the type of the hit, the way that the hit looked. So I’m excited just to play right now, and now we’re gonna keep moving forward.”

Massaquoi returned to full practice this morning and resumed his place with the first-team offense. Coach Pat Shurmur said the staff will decide today whether he will play Thursday night in Green Bay in the second preseason game.

Massaquoi suffered concussions the last two seasons and seemed to be off to a terrible start this year. But he insists he’s fine and the team was just following protocol. He said the league-appointed spotter in the press box told Cleveland’s medical staff to examine him.

Massaquoi was hit in the helmet by Detroit’s Erik Coleman. Massaquoi’s neck compressed, he was a little wobbly getting up and he jogged to the sideline.

Shurmur insisted Sunday that Massaquoi had a concussion. He got testy when asked about Massaquoi’s postgame tweet saying he hadn’t suffered a concussion.

Massaquoi patted Shurmur on the back on his way to meet with reporters today.

“Tweeting is a new-age thing,” Massaquoi said. “Pat’s a little older, so he doesn’t really understand it.

“But we’re gonna keep certain things in house as far as Twitter goes. We’re not gonna give any game plans or anything like that or give too many updates which may hinder something that we’re trying to do. But Twitter’s fun. Hopefully I can get Pat to get one.”

News and observations from practice:

The Browns reached a lawsuit settlement with former center LeCharles Bentley, FoxSportsOhio reported. He said he sat down with owner Randy Lerner and came to an agreement.

** Defensive end Marcus Benard returned to full practice after missing a week with an undisclosed injury.

** Shurmur was forced to move practice inside, and close it to the public, because of morning rain. It was the first time this year.

** Practice was sloppy, with several dropped passes.

** The Browns claimed defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron off waivers Monday and he practiced today. He’s an undrafted rookie cut by Chicago over the weekend.

To make room on the roster, the Browns waived/injured fullback Eddie Williams.

** Thirteen players didn’t practice. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), running back Trent Richardson (arthroscopic knee surgery), defensive tackle Scott Paxson (knee), receiver Travis Benjamin, linebacker Scott Fujita, tight end Jordan Cameron (back), tight end Benjamin Watson, linebacker Chris Gocong (Achilles), linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (shoulder), defensive end Frostee Rucker (knee), safety Usama Young, receiver Carlton Mitchell (leg) and defensive tackle Phil Taylor (torn pectoral).


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