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Browns rookie report: Week 12

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's our weekly look at the contributions made by Browns rookies this season:

CB Joe Haden (first round): Haden started in place of the injured Eric Wright at left cornerback in Week 12 vs. Carolina and again played well, intercepting a pass for a third consecutive week as Cleveland prevailed 24-23. Haden will start in Wright's spot again in Week 13 as Wright recovers from a knee injury, and he has a chance to remain in the starting lineup even when Wright is healthy, head coach Eric Mangini indicated Monday. “I’ll really look at that when it happens," Mangini said of Wright's return from injury and the potential for Haden to continue starting. "I think Eric may have a chance here this week to come back. I don’t know how much he’ll be able to practice, so I would imagine that Joe will start this week. Joe’s done really well. He’s getting better as we go, so he’s making a strong, strong case for continued playing time.”

On the season, Haden has 34 tackles and a team-best four interceptions. He's the first Browns defensive back to intercept a pass in three consecutive games in his first season since Bernie Parrish did it in 1959.

S T.J. Ward (second round): Ward notched five tackles vs. the Panthers and has a team-best 77 in 11 starts this season. He's also added 10 special-teams tackles (nine solo) and recorded a pair of stops for the Browns' coverage teams in Week 12.

QB Colt McCoy (third round): McCoy missed Week 12 with a high ankle sprain, and it's unclear whether he'll be ready to return for Sunday's game at Miami. He has completed 81-of-127 passes for 975 yards with three TDs and three interceptions in five games in 2010.

OG Shawn Lauvao (third round): Lauvao appeared as a reserve in Week 12 after starting at right guard at Jacksonville the previous week. Lauvao struggled somewhat against the Jaguars, and Mangini said the rookie from Arizona State had to improve his play. Lauvao has appeared in five games this season, with the lone start vs. the Jaguars.

SS Larry Asante (fifth round): He was waived on Sept. 4 and signed to the Browns' practice squad the next day. The Buccaneers signed him to their 53-man roster Tuesday.

WR Carlton Mitchell (sixth round): Mitchell got his first touch on offense as a pro vs. Carolina, gaining nine yards on a reverse. He was targeted once in the passing game but is still looking for his first NFL catch. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Mitchell has been active in four of the last five games.

DL Travis Ivey (undrafted free agent): Waived from the roster on Sept. 4 and signed to the practice squad Sept. 5.

OL Paul Malecki (undrafted free agent): Malecki, who was signed to the practice squad Nov. 23, is back for his second stint in Cleveland. The Browns signed Malecki, a Pitt product who had originally signed with Tennessee, to the roster Aug. 13 and waived him Aug. 31. The Buccaneers signed him to their practice squad on Oct. 26 and waived him Nov. 17.

RB Quinn Porter (undrafted free agent): The Browns signed him to the practice squad on Nov. 23. The Stillman (Ala.) College product had a stint on the Redskins' practice squad in November and was originally signed by Green Bay.

DL Brian Sanford (undrafted free agent): The Browns' third-string nose tackle, Sanford was inactive in Week 12.

Notes: RB Montario Hardesty (second round, No. 59) is on injured reserve after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Browns' final preseason game. ... DE Clifton Geathers (sixth round, No. 186) was waived by the Browns on Sept. 4. ... WR Johnathan Haggerty (undrafted free agent) was waived/injured on Aug. 16 with a foot injury and is currently on Cleveland's injured-reserve list.

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