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Haden could take Wright's starting spot

Posted on: August 10, 2010 2:03 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 5:59 pm
CB J. Haden received first-team snaps today after E. Wright left because of an injury (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Cleveland CB Eric Wright injuring himself in practice today – his status is unclear, but it appears he hurt his right hamstring – first-round pick Joe Haden now could get a chance to prove to the Browns he can handle a starting position.
As James Walker of points out, Haden, the team's first-round pick, has been a backup since he arrived in Berea, Ohio, but that could change, depending on the severity of Wright’s injury.

"I'm real excited," Haden said when asked about the possibility of starting Saturday’s preseason opener against Green Bay. "It definitely means a whole lot more playing time, and that's just more time to make plays."

It’s a bit of good news after Haden found himself in trouble with coach Eric Mangini after he Tweeted the news about a player facing a fine because a cell phone went off in a meeting. Here’s what Haden wrote on his page : “These fines ain't no joke! Somebody phone alarm went off in the meeting and all Coach Mangini said was " that will b $1760! #damnfines”

Mangini was asked about it today, and he laughed when he said, “I think our social media is a work in progress.” Mind you, Haden wrote that AFTER Mangini warned the team about being careful with social media.

UPDATE: Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot says that Wright is riding the exercise bike during tonight's practice. That suggests he's banged up but not seriously injured.

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