BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The orange and brown are turning black and blue.
The injuries are mounting and the Browns’ depth is already being tested but head coach Hue Jackson doesn’t seem concerned. “He’ll be fine,” has become a staple of Jackson’s post practice press conferences every time an injured player’s status comes up.
And the list of players to ask about is growing.
Assuming everyone on the list below makes the team at the end of the month, the Browns currently have nearly a fifth of the roster that is currently hurt or dealing with personal matters.
– Terrelle Pryor re-injured his left hand/wrist late in Sunday’s practice. X-rays on it Friday at Green Bay were negative. Pryor was in visible pain as he tried to shake off the injury. He said after practice that he’s been told there is no structural damage.
– 9-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas was noticeably absent from the practice field and it seems like he’s had more days off during training camp than actual work. This was not just a day off for him. Thomas wasn’t available because of a “flare up” in his back according to Jackson and remained inside to receive treatment. Thomas hasn’t missed a single snap since the Browns drafted him third overall in 2007 and Jackson made it clear that it is not in jeopardy. “He’s not going to [miss a regular season snap],” Jackson said. “Things happen sometimes. As I’ve said, I’m always going to be protective of our guys. He’ll be fine. I’m not worried about Joe.”
– Joe Haden took part in 11-on-11 team drills during the hour-long practice Sunday for the first time. Jackson does not plan to Haden Thursday night against the Falcons but hopes to get him on the field for 1 of the final 2 preseason games. “That is not my plan right now. I’m going to go a really slow with him and just make sure he’s ready. Hopefully, at some time, we’ll play him before we get to the regular season,” Jackson said. Haden’s absence has meant significant snaps for Justin Gilbert, who talked abut his improved maturity following Sunday’s practice.
– Receiver Josh Gordon, who will serve a 4-game suspension to start the season, remains out with a quad injury. For the umpteenth time Sunday Jackson said that Gordon is, “Getting close. Very close. Hope to see him soon, and I think we will,” Jackson said. But here we are into week 3 of camp and from the looks of it he appears no closer to practicing.
– Receiver Andrew Hawkins remains sidelined with a hamstring injury that he sustained on Aug. 2.
– Rookie receiver Corey Coleman has missed the last 5 practices and the loss at Green Bay due to a hamstring injury. He participated, along with Gordon in the team’s walk through right before practice. “They’re closer to being out there than they are further away,” Jackson said. “Obviously, Josh has been out for quite a while, Corey has been out for quite a while and I think those guys are closer to being back out with their teammates.”
– Rookie receiver Ricardo Louis appeared to injure his hamstring during the final series Sunday afternoon. After making a catch near the sideline he immediately reached for his leg and trainers hustled over to tend to him.
– Quarterback Austin Davis remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol and Jackson said that he does not plan to add another quarterback to camp. “I think we’re OK. I don’t think that is needed at this point,” Jackson said.
– Cornerback K’Waun Williams remains excused as well as defensive end John Hughes to deal with personal matters.