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Need to Know: Damarious Randall not expected to miss time as safety seeks 2nd opinion on knee

Browns safety Damarious Randall was absent from Tuesday's practice as he seeks a second opinion on an undisclosed knee injury.

Randall was out of town on a visit to another doctor after missing Thursday's win over the Eagles for precautionary reasons when his knee tightened up during pregame warmups. 

Browns coach Hue Jackson played down his departure, saying he doesn't expect the starting defender to miss any time.

"We gave him the opportunity to go see someone that he knew. We OK'd it and made sure that everything was OK," Jackson said. "He went to go make sure that everything checked out. I think that he is going to be fine. He will be back here and ready to go and practicing when he gets back."

The Browns acquired Randall, a first-round pick in 2015, in a trade with the Packers this past spring. He headlines an overhauled secondary that includes Jabrill Peppers, Denzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie. 

Randall made 10 interceptions and 32 pass breakups in three seasons in Green Bay. 

— Expect Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield to play a half in what will be his first NFL start. "It just depends on how all of that unfolds, how many plays we get or don't get. You never know what the flow of it is going to be," Jackson said. "He's definitely going to start the game and play as long as I want to see him out there." Mayfield, the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, has looked the part in three preseason games. "He is definitely going to start the game," Jackson said, "and play as long as I want to see him out there."

— Defensive tackle Trevon Coley returned to practice but won't play Thursday in Detroit. Coley missed most of training camp with a high-ankle sprain and the Browns want him healthy to play in the season opener. "We're going to make sure that he's ready. His injury was a little bit different," Jackson said. "We will make sure that he's ready for Pittsburgh. I feel very encouraged that he will be ready to go." Coley, once a practice squad member, started 15 games last season.

— Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor won't put a label on the identity of the team's new-look offense. "Whatever it takes to go up and put up points," he said with a smile. "(Identity) is going to be different week in and week out. The way we attack teams is going to be different, but of course we have to be in our attack."

Taylor, Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Duke Johnson, Carlos Hyde and David Njoku are among notable starters for a group that's expected to have plenty of firepower this fall. 

— Rookie and "Hard Knocks" favorite Brogan Roback will see plenty of playing time Thursday. The Toledo native and undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan is trying to make his first active roster either in Cleveland or with another team. 

"He's been outstanding. He's fun to be around. I think that the quarterback room really enjoys him," Jackson said. "He works hard. He has the right attitude and makeup to be in that room. It takes a special guy to be in there. I think the guys all respect him. They respect what he brings to the room." Roback is the fourth-string quarterback behind Taylor, Mayfield, and Drew Stanton. 

— Thursday night also marks the final opportunity for several receivers on the bubble to earn their place on the roster. Jackson singled out Damion Ratley, Derrick Willies, Da'Mari Scott, Jeff Janis and C.J. Board among those pass-catchers hoping to make the team. "We have some battles on our team that we have to decide," he said, "but that is definitely one of them."

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