Scott Fujita back at practice

Browns notes: Scott Fujita back at practice

Filed by Brian Dulik October 27th, 2011 in Browns Notes

BEREA — Browns linebacker Scott Fujita spent the offseason fighting for players rights as part of the NFLPA’s executive committee.

Ironically, he learned first-hand what changes were made after suffering a concussion Oct. 16 in Oakland, Calif.

Fujita returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since being injured, and had nothing but praise for the way his condition was treated.

“I feel good that I had a couple of teammates and coaches who kind of noticed that my demeanor was off, and they alerted the (medical staff) right away,” Fujita said.

“I also felt like the management — from the point that it happened through yesterday — was just fantastic. I couldn’t be happier with the way (trainer) Joe Sheehan and our doctors handled everything. So that makes me feel really, really good.”

Fujita also was positive about his chances of playing Sunday when Cleveland travels to San Francisco.

Last week in the Browns’ 6-3 win over Seattle, Chris Gocong moved from weak-side linebacker to Fujita’s strong-side spot, while Kaluka Maiava moved into the starting lineup in Gocong’s usual position.

“It’s good to be back and great to get back with the guys,” said Fujita, who has played in 14 games and missed eight since joining the team in 2010. “I think practice was great.

“I was cleared yesterday, so I’m happy to put it behind me and just get back to football.”

While Fujita is on the road to recovery, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and tight end Benjamin Watson are being held off the practice field after suffering concussions against the Seahawks. They also are prohibited from speaking with the media under the new CBA until they are medically cleared.

Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur revealed that both players “self-reported” their condition during the game, but couldn’t project a timetable for their returns.

“I talked to both of those guys after their issues happened, and I feel for them,” Fujita said. “It’s tough when this happens, but it’s a part of this game, unfortunately. I keep talking about the management and care — that’s the most important thing — and I know they’re getting the best here.”

Regardless of Massaquoi’s status against the 49ers, Shurmur said wide receiver Carlton Mitchell would be active. If Watson does not play, Evan Moore is expected to start at tight end.

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Filed in: Press Room • Friday, October 28th, 2011

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Scott Fujita

Scott Fujita was born in Ventura, California on April 28, 1979. He was a three-sport standout at Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, CA before heading to the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with Honors in Political Science and earned a Masters degree in Education.

Fujita has played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. Read more