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Browns links: Cundiff up for the challenge

9/5/2013

A look at what's happening on the Cleveland Browns beat:

  • Quarterback Brandon Weeden didn't sugarcoat what it means not having No. 1 wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is suspended for the first two games. "I'm not going to lie -- it hurts," Weeden said, via The Plain Dealer. "He's a talented player. He's a guy that we're going to rely on for the 14 games after he comes back to be a big emphasis in this offense. But that being said, my confidence in the other guys who are going to step in there is just as high. They're great players, have a lot of ability and they're going to do a lot of things to help us win. It's not an ideal situation, but I've got a lot of confidence in the guys that are taking his spot."

  • Billy Cundiff believes there is a positive in replacing a kicking icon like Phil Dawson. He's familiar with the situation, being the kicker to replace Matt Stover in Baltimore when others had failed. “I think it’s a good thing to come in after a guy who’s played at such a high level, because the bar’s set really high and you've got to bring your game up,” Cundiff said, via ESPN Radio in Cleveland.

  • Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo was limited again during practice Wednesday as he continues to recover from a bruised lung, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) has been declared out. Defensive end Desmond Bryant (back) was limited in practice.

  • Cornerback Joe Haden said there's a reason why he's optimistic about the season. “Just the talent of the players that we have in the locker room is better than we’ve had before,” Haden told the team's website.