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News & Notes: Freddie Kitchens reconnects with Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner

Freddie Kitchens reunited with a familiar face Friday during Day 8 of Browns training camp.

Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner made a visit to Berea and spent time on the field with Kitchens, who was a coach with the Arizona Cardinals while Warner was quarterback from 2007-09.

Kitchens was a tight ends coach when Warner was with the Cardinals, but their relationship was solidified after their trip to the Super Bowl in 2009.

"It was the journey, and I guarantee you (Warner) would say that," Kitchens said. "It's not about the game itself. It's about putting your best foot forward and being the best you can be. It's about playing for each other."

Kitchens is hoping to replicate that experience 10 years later with the Browns, and he talked about how he plans to do that in an interview with Warner on NFL Network.

Check out photos from the eighth day of Browns Camp by team photographer Matt Starkey

-- Warner wasn't the only notable name to attend Friday's practice. Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar and special teams ace Josh Cribbs made an appearance and so did country music star Brad Paisley.

Kitchens was asked if he was a Paisley fan, and he responded simply: "big."

Odell Beckham Jr. was brought to Cleveland to play wide receiver, but some fans might forget that he was a punt returner, too. He said he joked with Browns punter Britton Colquitt about his touchdown return — which was called back by a penalty — when the New York Giants visited the Browns in 2016. So, will Beckham have any punt return duties with the Browns?

"If that's something they need me to do, that's no problem," Beckham said with a smile. "Just make sure everybody gets their outside man, and meet me in the end zone."

— Kitchens was happy to see former kicker Phil Dawson spend time with Browns specialists at practice. Dawson ended a 20-year NFL career Friday when he signed a one-day contract to officially retire with the Browns.

"When you talk about a career that spans 20 years, there is so much intestinal fortitude that goes into that as far as just simply getting out of the bed every day," Kitchens said. "That is incredible. Talk about a great guy, a great family, great kids. I respect Phil Dawson just as much for him off the field as I do on the field. A great human being. A great family man."

— The following players did not practice Friday due to injury: LB Genard Avery (ankle), TE Seth DeValve (concussion), RB Trayone Gray (calf-NFI), TE Demetrius Harris (concussion), RB Kareem Hunt (groin-NFI), RB Duke Johnson Jr.  (hamstring), WR Damion Ratley (hamstring), DT Sheldon Richardson (abdomen), CB Tavierre Thomas (hamstring) and DE Olivier Vernon (hamstring).

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