Browns: Thursday injury report caps off busy day in Berea
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns are working through injuries and released players as they prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the start of the regular season.
The Cleveland Browns released their second injury report of the week on Thursday as they prepare for Sunday’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Things are slowly getting better as fullback Danny Vitale moved from limited to a full participant in practice. Other than that it was pretty much status quo, according to the team’s website:
"Limited: left guard Joel Bitonio (knee), defensive end Nate Orchard (groin), defensive tackle Danny Shelton (knee); Full: defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (finger), wide receiver Kenny Britt (knee), offensive lineman Marcus Martin (toe), tight end Randall Telfer (knee), left tackle Joe Thomas (knee) and fullback Danny Vitale (ankle); Did not practice: defensive end Myles Garrett (ankle), safety Calvin Pryor (not injury related)"
The big takeaways from that list come under the “did not practice” category with Garrett and Pryor. The Browns will be without Garrett for the foreseeable future after he suffered a high ankle sprain in practice on Wednesday. They will be without Pryor permanently after he was released for not listening when head coach Hue Jackson told Pryor to stop during a pre-practice fight with wide receiver Ricardo Louis.
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There is a silver lining to all this as Garrett’s injury and Pryor’s dismissal opened the door for the Browns to bring back defensive end Tyrone Holmes and, if all goes as expected, safety Kai Nacua. Holmes and Nacua were both inexplicably released over the weekend, so at least the Browns fixed that problem.
If that wasn’t enough, the Browns also released offensive lineman Zach Sterup and quarterback Josh Woodrum. That leaves the roster at 52 players, so they still need to make one more roster addition to reach the 53-player mandate.
The day’s events left Jackson feeling extra salty when he met with the media, according to the team’s website:
"“Have you guys ever seen me run from anything? I am not about to now. If anything, our team is a little bit tighter, a little bit more stronger because of the things that have happened. We grow from this. … We don’t talk about that ‘here we go again’ feeling. We don’t have that in this building. We are moving on.”"
It’s never a good thing when you lose one of your best defensive players, especially when they are the No. 1 overall pick and the centerpiece of your defense, but at least Garrett should only miss a few weeks as opposed to something more serious.
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With the first game of the season just a few days away, hopefully Jackson and the team can stay focused on the Steelers. Having the game and the opening of the season to zero in on can help everyone get past the last couple of days and take out their frustrations on the Steelers.