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Browns will look to maintain normalcy on multi-day trip to Arizona - News & Notes

The Browns will maintain a normal schedule this week despite heading to Arizona a day earlier than they would for most, closer road trips.

Cleveland will go through its typical late-morning Friday practice before boarding a plane to Phoenix. The players will wake up and participate in a Saturday walk-through at the same time they would in Berea -- adjusted for the two-hour time change, of course -- before departing to their road destination on a typical road week.

The Browns will hold their walk-through at a local field, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said, allowing the players to get out of the team hotel for an hour or two.

"Everything we do when we travel, we try to maintain as much normalcy as we can," Kitchens said. "The game is a 2 p.m. game out there, which is 4 p.m. game, so that is really not a big factor. It is really just so you are not traveling that distance the day before the game. Different people do it different ways."

The Browns have done it both ways this season for their trips across the country. They went the day before for their Monday night game at San Francisco and two days before for their November game in Denver. Neither game ended the way the Browns wanted.

"Hopefully we can figure it out," veteran guard Joel Bitonio said. "It's everybody getting their schedule down and understanding their bodies and what they need to do.

"It's just doing your job to the best of your ability so you're ready to play on Sunday."

Check out photos of the Browns preparing for their game against the Cardinals Sunday by team photographer Matt Starkey

-- DE Olivier Vernon is considered "day to day" as he continues to recover from a knee injury that's kept him out of four of the last five games.

LB Sione Takitaki (illness) was kept off the field for Wednesday's practice, and Kitchens said he anticipated C JC Tretter (knee) being slowly worked into the flow of things this week in similar fashion to the previous week.

-- The Browns will wait and see to make a determination on who would start at right tackle for Sunday's game, Kitchens said.

Kendall Lamm, making his first start of the season after dealing with a knee injury, filled in for Chris Hubbard, who was inactive with a knee injury. The Browns offensive line played well in a win over the Bengals, and Kitchens said it might have been the group's best overall performance of the season.

"I am very pleased with the way Kendall competed," Kitchens said. "He had not played football in [12] weeks. I want him to continue to get better and worry about the rest of that stuff on Sunday. I want him prepared to play."

-- Kitchens said his decisions involving the wide receiver position are "week to week" in regards to who plays how much alongside starters Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.

In last week's win over the Bengals, Damion Ratley and KhaDarel Hodge played 16 and 13 snaps, respectively, while Rashard Higgins only played on special teams.

"We try to play the players that give us the best chance to win each and every week," Kitchens said. "That is strictly a week-to-week thing so it may be different this week than it was last week. It may be different next week than it is this week."