Browns return 3 players to practice, including their starting cornerbacks

For the first time in a long time, the Browns had all 53 of their active players on the field for practice.

The best news about it: The group included cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams, both of whom have been sidelined since Week 3 with hamstring injuries. They both participated in limited capacity during the team’s first practice since Monday’s 31-3 loss to the 49ers.

Backup swing tackle Kendall Lamm also practiced for the first time since suffering a knee injury Week 1 against the Titans.

Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said he considers the cornerbacks, along with WR Rashard Higgins -- who has been out with a knee injury since Week 1 -- as “day to day.”

If the corners are not available Sunday, that means another start for veterans T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell, who have held down the fort nicely during the players’ absence.

"The guys who have come in have played exceptionally well … They have been doing a good job,” Kitchens said. “We had some issues the other night that we are going to get corrected. Other than that, they have played well. They played good in spurts the other day, but they have played well up to this point.”

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-- The Browns have gone against the grain their past two games by electing to receive after winning the coin toss. As a result, Cleveland has received the opening kickoff first in every game this season. The Browns scored a touchdown on their Week 1 opening drive, a field goal Week 2 and have gone scoreless the past three weeks.

Kitchens explained his reasoning Wednesday.

“I always think that we have a good game plan that we can go down and score and give our defense a lead,” Kitchens said. “It has not happened in the last two games. Hopefully, we get back on the positive side of that.”

-- Though Odell Beckham Jr. has just four catches in the Browns’ past two games, Cleveland has schemed ways to get the ball in his hands in other ways.

For the second straight week, Beckham attempted a pass, as he connected with Jarvis Landry for a 20-yard gain on the game’s first play. The Browns also ran a reverse handoff and a traditional pitch to Beckham, who finished with 15 rushing yards.

“Odell is a very dynamic player, and anytime you can get the ball into a dynamic player’s hands any way you can, you do it because they have the ability to make plays that other guys sometimes can’t make,” Kitchens said. “Yes, of course, everything is on the table week to week. We are always trying to do the best that we think will put us in a good situation to win the football game.”

Kitchens said he isn’t frustrated with Beckham’s reception totals. The talented wide receiver has 23 receptions on 43 targets for 335 yards and a touchdown.

“I am frustrated and disappointed in the loss, not any kind of production from anybody,” Kitchens said. “Of course, when production picks up, wins usually pick up. It goes hand in hand. I am about winning and losing the game. That is it.”

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