As the Browns are out on the practice field Friday, kicker Billy Cundiff (quad strain) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (sprained thumb) were out there and not on the bike. Weeden ran sprints and Cundiff was fully dressed and working to be ready to play Sunday against the Bengals. Jabaal Sheard (knee sprain), Billy Winn (quad strain), and Quentin Groves (high ankle sprain) were not participating and it is basically a certainty that they will not be able to play this week.
Sep 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns kicker Billy Cundiff (8) before the game against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Provided he does not go out and immediately run into a problem during the game, it means the Browns will not have to scramble to sign anyone or try to use Spencer Lanning as the special teams everyman.
Weeden is not wearing a brace so the conversation about him possibly returning to the field may start for this coming week, but in what capacity is still to be decided. It is difficult to know if the Browns coaching staff is waiting to see how Brian Hoyer does this week to decide if they want to put Weeden back in or if the performance this Sunday is not even going to be a factor in the decision.
Although no one is really talking about it, it appears as though Shawn Lauvao is on pace to play this week to replace the embattled Oniel Cousins at right guard.