Daily Dawg Tags: Injuries nipping at the roster


The Cleveland Browns are slowly starting to feel the pain of injuries as both Ed Reynolds and Caleb Brantley will miss practice time.

The Cleveland Browns will have their first break of training camp today as the team will not hold practice.

The scheduled day off comes at a good time as injuries are starting to find their way onto the roster.

Over the weekend safety Ed Reynolds suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for an unspecified amount of time. On Monday, head coach Hue Jackson revealed that rookie defensive lineman Caleb Brantley had suffered a broken finger that required surgery and is expected to miss a few weeks.

In the grand scheme those injuries are not major, but they still hurt. Reynolds made seven starts for the Browns last season and was in the mix for a roster spot again this season. If he is out for an extended period, his roster spot is far from certain.

As for Brantley, he may have been facing an uphill battle even before the injury. The defensive tackle position is a crowded one, and Brantley was far from a lock to make the final roster due to his inconsistent effort. Missing even a few weeks could make it even more likely that he will be a candidate to open the season on the practice squad.

Injuries are part of the game and, for the most part, the Browns have been fortunate through the opening days of training camp. Hopefully that good fortune continues in the weeks to come.

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