|Quinn goes from hold out to rained out as practice moves indoors|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 09 August 2007 09:45|
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -Thunder boomed and lightning danced above Browns headquarters Thursday afternoon. Moments later, Brady Quinn's first practice was moved out of sight from Cleveland fans eager to see him.|
In two days, Quinn has gone from holdout to rained out. The waiting goes on.
Heavy rains and a forecast for more wet weather forced the team to use its indoor facility on Thursday, further delaying Quinn's initial public workout since he signed a five-year, $20.2 million contract and reported to training camp.
Quinn missed 11 days and 16 practices before finalizing his deal, which could pay him $30 million if he reaches playing incentives. Quinn's first official day of practice was Wednesday, but that was closed to fans and media.
Shortly after the Browns shifted Thursday's two-hour session inside, Cook family members from Lima, Ohio, were turned back at the back-lot gates and slowly trudged back to their car dripping with disappointment.
``I was hoping to see Brady,'' said 11-year-old Andrew Cook, carrying an orange helmet and wearing a white No. 10 Quinn jersey under his see-through poncho.
He wasn't alone. Dozens of Browns fans tiptoed through puddles up and down Beech Street behind the club's suburban facility. Stormy weather caused the Browns to move three practices inside in the past five days.
With the team off Friday, Cleveland fans who are hoping Quinn can return the Browns to glory won't get to see the former Notre Dame quarterback until Saturday's exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Quinn isn't expected to get much playing time and will likely take only a few snaps in the fourth quarter.
Quinn was expected to compete with Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson for Cleveland's starting job, but his holdout all but guaranteed he will begin the season as the Browns' No. 2 or No. 3 QB.
Currently, he's fourth on the depth chart behind Frye, Anderson and Ken Dorsey.
During his holdout, the Browns installed several phases of their new offense, so Quinn has a lot of catching up to.
On Wednesday, Quinn said he hoped Browns fans would forgive his tardiness. However, it may take a few of them a little while to get over his absence while agent Tom Condon did business with the Browns.
``I was a little upset with his agent trying to figure out what level of millionaire he (Quinn) wants to be,'' said Bob Cook, who brought Andrew, his wife, Lesley and daughter, Hailey, to camp. ``I think Brady was getting frustrated, too. It hurt him. He had a chance to start. I don't think he's going to start now.''
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