Dre Kirkpatrick now fully practicing, and is reportedly ready to amp up his workload, but is taking everything in stride and waiting for his name to be called:
I’m just going to play my role. The knee feels good, there is no problem, mentally I’m good. I don’t want to be too over-aggressive. I don’t want to bring attention to myself. I just want to be a good player and wait my turn.
Starting CB Terence Newman (groin) also returned in a limited role today after sitting out Wednesday.
Starting LT Andrew Whitworth (knee) was limited for the second-consecutive day, and it will be interesting to see if he’s able to fully practice on Friday.
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The Browns got great news today as Pro Bowl MLB D’Qwell Jackson practiced for the first time since suffering a concussion in the teams’ 41-27 loss to the Giants on Sunday, though it was in a limited capacity, making his availibility uncertain for Sunday’s game. If he is out, it will leave a huge void in the Browns run-defense, leaving the Bengals with a great opportunity to establish their running game which has been almost non-existent.
The Browns waive also announced they’ve waived 3rd-string QB Thaddeus Lewis to make room for CB Joe Haden to return to the active roster. The Browns were granted a one-week roster exemption for Haden if the team chose to keep him inactive for Sunday, but this is a clear indication they will have Haden out their shadowing A.J. Green very closely in round 2 of the Battle of Ohio.