After suffering a 20-17 preseason opening loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Cleveland Browns returned to Berea on Saturday morning for day 13 and the final open practice of training camp. 3,012 fans watched the Browns workout. Over the eleven total open practices, the Browns had 31,393 fans come out to the team’s training facility to see this years Browns get set for the season.
The Browns also got a few of their injured players back at practice on Saturday, most notably Terrelle Pryor who missed almost two weeks with a hamstring injury. Pryor needed to return the field as soon as possible to continue his transition from a quarterback to a wide receiver. The days missed certainly didn’t help his chances of making the final 53-man roster, but there is still time to get back up to speed and earn a spot on the team.
“He is not guaranteed a spot, but I also wouldn’t write him off,” head coach Mike Pettine said. “He is still in-between. That sense of urgency now is ramped up. It is a tighter window to see it. We are certainly not going to hand him a spot based on potential. He has to show us. What he has showed us so far has been encouraging.”
“We, as athletes and players we can’t really worry about the things we can’t control,” Pryor said. “It is unfortunate I had a little hamstring injury, but the great thing is I have my legs under me. Even before coming to camp, 30 days straight for about a month when I made the transition. I was going every single day. My legs were pretty much dead coming into camp. Having that little break really helped me out. Maybe I can be even more explosive than what I showed.”
Pryor feels that he doesn’t have any catching up to do despite missing the scrimmage and the first preseason game with his injured hamstring. Pryor also doesn’t feel there was any extra pressure to get back on the field too soon.
“I don’t worry about anything I can’t control,” Pryor said. “I just go out and make plays when I can and try to help the team to the best of my ability. I don’t really worry about what coaches decide. I just know if I give my all then that is my best chance.”
Pryor wasn’t the only Brown to return to practice on Saturday. Left tackle Joe Thomas was on the field following his leg injury suffered back on Monday. Thomas was held out of Thursday’s preseason game by coaches decision and not because of the leg. Defensive tackle Billy Winn also returned to practice. Winn had been battling an ankle injury for the majority of training camp.
There are still plenty of Browns missing practice. 14 players sat out practice on Saturday. They are WR Dwayne Bowe (hamstring), DL Desmond Bryant (rest), DB Pierre Desir (hamstring), DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), DB Joe Haden (hamstring), DB Tashaun Gipson (calf), RB Duke Johnson Jr. (hamstring), OL Andrew McDonald (concussion), LB Barkevious Mingo (knee), DB Robert Nelson Jr. (hamstring), DB De’Ante Saunders (calf), DL Randy Starks (rest), TE Randall Telfer (foot) and RB Glenn Winston (knee). Johnson did some light on field work for the first time since suffering his hamstring injury on August 1.
“It was just jogging around,” Pettine said. “There was nothing full speed, well take it easy with him for a while. Anytime we’re in this mode- like when we do our night walkthroughs all the guys that are capable of doing that all participate in it. This was similar tempo. That’s the benefit of doing it that way, you get some of those injured guys involved in it.”
The Browns will head out to Rochester, New York on Sunday for two days of practices against Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills. The Browns will travel to the empire state in a not so conventional way. They will travel by train instead of fly or bus their way to Rochester.
“I just think from a – I’m not sure whether our plane was too big to go into Rochester and we’d have to fly into Buffalo then bus another hour and a half up to-,” Pettine said. “To me, it’s the best way to go. It’s an airplane minus being way above the ground (laughter) and having people search your bags. To me it’s better than a bus, you can relax. Coaches can get a lot of work done. We’ll load tomorrows practice on to our tablets and be able to work on the train. It’s just much more relaxed way to travel.”