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NFL says Browns didn't violate rules

10/23/2009 - NFL James Davis Cleveland Browns + more

BEREA, Ohio -- The NFL says the Cleveland Browns did not violate any league policies when rookie running back James Davis was injured during a recent practice.

The league reviewed video of the practice session and interviewed Browns players, coaches and team staff. It was determined Davis' season-ending shoulder injury took place in a controlled environment.

Browns coach Eric Mangini was comfortable that the team did not endanger James, who was reportedly struck by an unidentified linebacker during a post-practice "opportunity period." Earlier reports said James was not wearing any shoulder pads when he was hit by a player in full pads.

The Browns placed James on injured reserve on Oct. 3.