BEREA, Ohio--Desmond Bryant had surgery to repair an injury to his wrist, Mike Pettine confirmed after practice Wednesday.
“Des (Bryant) did have wrist surgery,” Pettine said. “His return, we’re just not sure of the target yet. We don’t think it will be long, but I still don’t have the full details. I know it went well, but we don’t know if he’ll be available for the opener or not.”
Pettine said that he didn’t see Bryant being placed on injured reserve. However, he wasn’t sure if he’d be ready for the season opening game with the Steelers as there has been no timetable set forth by the medical staff.
Starting Battles: Pettine was asked if any other position battles had been settled and he said with the uncertainty of CB Buster Skrine’s thumb injury, that rookie CB Justin Gilbert would “likely be the starter”.
Pettine said Gilbert “played extremely well for the most part for the first time being out there” against the Redskins.
He declined to name a starter between LB Chris Kirksey and LB Craig Robertson other than to say “both will play.”
Pettine said that RB Ben Tate ran well as did RB Terrance West but said the third spot at running back was “wide open” between RB Chris Ogbonnaya, RB Dion Lewis, RB Edwin Baker and rookie RB Isaiah Crowell.
Benjamin Returns: WR/KR Travis Benjamin was back at practice after leaving the Redskins game with a rib injury and a possible concussion. Also, DB Aaron Berry (groin) who missed the Redskins game returned to practice as did OL Paul McQuistan (ankle).
Benjamin described the injury as similar to having the “wind knocked out” of you.
Taking it Easy: The Browns practiced without pads for the first time in 12 practices. Pettine had the team in full pads virtually every day of training camp. He said the team will also practice on Thursday without pads in the final practice before the game with the Rams.
Sidelined: DB Pierre Desir (knee), DB Isaiah Trufant (knee), DB Aaron Berry (groin), DB K’Wuan Williams (hamstring) and WR Nate Burleson (hamstring) and DB T.J. Heath (hip) were on the stationary bikes during the portion of the practice open to the media.
Players not on the field were: DB Buster Skrine (thumb), LB Eric Martin (concussion), LB Darius Eubanks (shoulder), LB Keith Pough (ankle), OL Michael Bowie (shoulder), OL Randall Harris (knee) and WR Jonathan Krause. OL Nick McDonald (wrist) is still on the non-football injury list.
Skrine had surgery on Monday on his thumb and will be sidelined until the regular season begins.
Browns a Network Hit: Despite the Browns not playing very well, they--or the curiousity to see Johnny Manziel--continue to draw huge audiences. For the second straight week, the Browns put up record-breaking numbers on a national stage. The preseason opener against the Lions drew 2.8 million viewers on NFL Network, while Monday’s game with the Redskins scored a 4.5 household US rating with 6.9 million viewers. It was the most watched ESPN preseason game in five seasons.
Next Up: The Browns will practice again Thursday and then Saturday will play the first game in renovated FirstEnergy Stadium at 8 pm against the Rams.