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Training Camp Log: Day 9

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: Receiver Rashard Higgins has gotten off to a quiet start in camp, but coordinator Alex Van Pelt was loud in his praise of the presumptive No. 3 wideout.

“Higgins has stepped up. He really has been impressive with his ability to finish plays,” Van Pelt said. “He battles right to the end in the run game, and in the pass game. He is getting better each day. I would say Higgins right now is the one that to me is really putting the work in. He is really doing a nice job in every phase of the game.” 

NEWS OF THE DAY: The Browns had another hectic day. Twelve players weren’t cleared to return until less than an hour before practice as they waited for a second negative COVID-19 test result following the false positives from Saturday’s testing.

Once the team took the field, rookie safety Grant Delpit was carted off with a torn Achilles tendon and cornerback Greedy Williams walked off the field with a shoulder injury.

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CAMPERS OF THE DAY: Rookie tight end Harrison Bryant (fourth round) and rookie receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (sixth round) continue to make noise. Each had a drop but made up for it with a number of catches.

Bryant caught a touchdown on a wheel route in a red zone drill and added two catches over the middle. Peoples-Jones caught an in route, a hook and an out.

PLAY OF THE DAY: Tight end Pharaoh Brown beat safety Sheldrick Redwine to the left corner of the end zone, and Case Keenum delivered a strike in the red zone drill.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was a heckuva dry run on a worst-case scenario. I came in early and was not allowed in the building and I was nervous. I was wondering if this was it. You start thinking about all the things that could happen, if that were the case.” — Van Pelt on the chaotic Sunday when more than a dozen Browns players, coaches and staff received positive COVID-19 test results that later turned out to be false positives.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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