Schobert, Randall Return To Practice For Cleveland Browns

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Joe Schobert & Damarious Randall
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After a difficult and injury filled loss at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Browns defense need to get some of their injured starters back on the field.

Wednesday marked the return of two defensive starters, linebacker Joe Schobert and defensive back Damarious Randall.

“Yeah, always glad to be back,” Schobert said. “It was a little chilly, but it was good.”

“Yeah. I felt ready to go last week,” Randall said.

The return of Schobert and Randall can not come at a better time for interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Schobert will lead the linebackers now that Christian Kirksey is on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury. Schobert missed the previous three games due to a hamstring injury.

“He did real well,” Williams said. “I thought he bounced back fine and I thought he moved from his coaching role the last few weeks to right back into the playing role. It was also good to see the reaction of the players around him. It simplifies the game and some of the alignment worlds for a lot of the people around him, because he can get you lined up in a hurry.”

“I do not think I will set any records with sprinting, but we are working our way back up there,” Schobert said. “And as long as everything goes well – no setbacks, no re-injuries – I should be good.”

Randall is a welcome return to the secondary especially after Denzel Ward exited Sunday’s loss due to a hip injury. Randall has dealt with a groin injury. He’s ready to get back to action especially after feeling he was ready a week ago.

“Nothing happened,” Randall said. “I was told before the game – way, way before the game. I was just doing my own little staying-in-shape type of deal.”

“He is a tough guy,” Williams said. “Getting him back. He had a good day today.”

Schobert and Randall will have tough assignments in their first game back from injury. Schobert will look to shut down the Falcons running back duo of Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith. Randall will go up against a Falcons receiving core of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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