Despite the Cleveland Browns having a physical training camp and players dealing with injuries, the team has all 53 players healthy during prep for Week 1.
The Cleveland Browns and head coach Freddie Kitchens ran one of the more physical training camps than most NFL teams are used to in today’s age of football.
However, the camp led to injuries to some players, but typically nothing to the top players on the roster. Instead, the Browns kept it relatively light for the starting units, which helped them get ready for the regular season opener.
With the Browns prepping for their regular season opener against the Tennessee Titans, all 53 players have practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, with only Sione Takitaki being listed as a limited participant on Wednesday.
More from Dawg Pound Daily
- How the Browns could maximize Nick Chubb in 2023
- Can Deshaun Watson get to Patrick Mahomes level for Cleveland Browns?
- 3 Cleveland Browns who should see an expanded role in 2023 and 1 who should not
- Is Marcus Davenport on the Browns radar in 2023?
- 5 Free agents from Super Bowl LVII Cleveland Browns should target
The health of the Browns is a great sign considering there were multiple players who were bothered by hamstring injuries during training camp and the preseason. But to escape the exhibition part of the season with no injuries is a great way to start the season for Cleveland.
The Browns keeping it conservative with some of their top talent, most notably Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and not playing them during the preseason leads some to wonder if their chemistry will not be there to start the season. However, the unit believes their work during practices is already showing they’ve built chemistry and it will not be a problem during the season.
Even if there are minor chemistry issues to start the season, the Browns would much rather work on those issues instead of not having their top talent on the field because of injuries. And based on how the players feel, they do not believe there will be any problems with their chemistry.
On the other side of the field, the Titans are also relatively healthy, but they have not had all 53 players on the field for practice. During Wednesday’s practice, starting right tackle Jack Conklin did not participate, but returned for Thursday’s practice. However, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is confident Conklin will return for Sunday’s game.
On Monday, Titans tackle Dennis Kelly, who is expected to be the starting left tackle, missed practice. He has returned to practice, but Tennessee is going to need both of their tackles healthy if they want to manage the tough Browns defensive line.
Cleveland may have ramped up the intensity during training camp, but it did not result in any consequences entering the regular season. With all 53 players practicing on Wednesday and Thursday, the Browns should be physically ready for the season opener.