Haslam in the House

News and notes surrounding the Browns from Family Night at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Soon to be team owner Jimmy Haslam talks about the team and the stadium, while taking in practice with G.M. Tom Heckert.

CLEVELAND— Browns new owner Jimmy Haslam III took in Family Night at Cleveland Browns Stadium and spent quite a bit of time meeting and greeting some of the 17,238 fans announced in attendance.

He was very impressed with Browns fans.

"Unbelievable," Haslam said. "You can't help but be impressed with the fans. I feel very fortunate to be able to be here for fan appreciation night. This allows me to come out and meet the fans."

Haslam was signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans in the Gridiron Grille before practice began. He even went out of his way to shake the hands and thank the security guards at the stadium. Haslam said he's really felt the love since officially becoming the owner just last week.

"I told the guys back home how the fans (in Cleveland) really love football," he said. "(His wife) Dee and I feel the responsibility (we have)."

After spending time with the fans, Haslam watched practice on the field with GM Tom Heckert.

Haslam said he doesn't know how long the process will take to make the Browns a winner.

"I don't know any more than you, but we're heading in the right direction," he said. "Hang in there and be patient."

Haslam was asked what he'd say to Browns fans that are concerned about the injuries to Trent Richardson and the possible suspension of Joe Haden.

"That's part of football," he said. "Your're going to have some bad breaks and some good breaks, but I'm confident in listening to everybody that we've got a good young team that's headed in the right direction."

"I don't know anything about Joe (Haden's) situation."

In other topics, Haslam said the NFL has given him "plenty of time" to divest himself of the Steelers ownership and that he hopes it is done by the end of 2012. He said it doesn't have to happen before the league approves him as the owner. He also said he doesn't know any more on how soon the league will vote to approve him as owner.

"I plan on it taking place in October, but if it happens before that, it would be good," he said.

He also said he had a sneak preview and tour of Cleveland Browns Stadium and "over a period of time we're going to enhance the stadium to make it better for the fans."


Haden Mum: CB Joe Haden would make no comment regarding the rumors that he failed a drug test and will be suspended for the first four games.

"It's a league matter," he said repeatedly after Family Night practice. He did say that he is the upstanding guy that everyone thinks he is.

Shurmur was asked about Haden.

"He was out here practicing and getting ready to play," he said. "I don't know any more than you guys and I couldn't say anything if I did."

More on Richardson: Shurmur was asked after practice about RB Trent Richardson. He wouldn't confirm that he would have arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but sounded as though Dr. James Andrews will examine him and if a minor cleanup is necessary, it will be done Thursday.

"I don't know how much he'll miss," Shurmur said. "We think he'll be back quickly. We're very hopeful he'll be back fast."

There have been numerous reports that Richardson will have a minor procedure and might be out as little as two weeks.

Shurmur did rule him out for Friday's game and said that RB Montario Hardesty will start in his place. Shurmur didn't rule him out for the preseason and said details will be forthcoming after the examination on Thursday.

Pick Fest: The Family Night practice was dominated by interceptions in the 11-on-11 to finish the practice. CB Buster Skrine and CB Dimitri Patterson intercepted QB Brandon Weeden and QB Colt McCoy was intercepted by DB Antwuan Reed on a ball he took away from WR Rod Windsor. DB Ray Ventrone intercepted QB Seneca Wallace and QB Thaddeus Lewis.

Injury Update: LB D'Qwell Jackson sat out practice as did DB Usama Young (hamstring), TE Ben Watson (undisclosed), DL Phil Taylor (pectoral), DE Marcus Benard (undisclosed), RB Trent Richardson (knee) and FB Eddie Williams (undisclosed).

SteelCityInsider.net Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next