BEREA — The Browns suffered their first injuries of training camp on Saturday and it is not known how significant, if any they will be.
Defensive lineman Billy Winn was carted off early in practice with an injury to his knee. Running backs Terrance West and rookie Duke Johnson also appeared to suffer injuries with West having an ice wrap on his calf area early in practice. Meanwhile, Johnson had his hamstring wrapped.
Mike Pettine said the extent of Winn’s injury is not known.
“We won’t know until this afternoon but we believe it is a knee,” he said. “Whatever needs to be done this afternoon, whether it’s an MRI or whatever, we’ll know more later.”
Pettine talked about Winn having a good off-season on Friday and was asked if he’s lost for an extended period, what the loss might mean.
“I don’t want to talk about possibly losing him,” Pettine said. “We’ll see what it is.”
Winn had 31 tackles in 13 games, including five starts last season.
The Browns did not issue any updates on any of the injuries.
“He’s showing all the potential of being a top-five quarterback in the NFL,” Bowe said. “I see him as one of the best I’ve played with. He’s making great throws, smart throws and he’s mobile in the pocket, more than people think. I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people.”
McCown was taken back a bit by Bowe’s comments.
“That’s very high praise from Dwayne,” McCown said. “I appreciate it, but right now I’m focusing on whatever helps us to win games.”
Defense Wins: Pettine had a contest for jerseys at the end of practice, similar to what he did last year. The defense was able to win the contest. On the final play, McCown tried to throw deep to an open Bowe, who couldn’t come up with the ball.
McCown was asked if Bowe told him he should’ve caught the pass.
“He did not.”
On Saturday, DB Joe Haden was all over the field breaking passes up. Haden appeared to make a great leaping interception on a pass from McCown to WR Taylor Gabriel, but couldn’t hang on to the ball as he hit the ground.
“That’s Joe,” Pettine said. “He certainly hasn’t waited long to make plays in camp.”
“(The offense) wasn’t as clean as (Friday),” McCown said. “Joe made plays on balls that he did not (Friday).”
Pettine said he’s not a big fan of fighting.
“Its disappointing because we talk about being good teammates,” Pettine said. “It’s a fine line because we talk about being tough and hard-nosed.”
Tressel, Cardale in the House: Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was at practice taking in some of his former Buckeye players.
Tressel offered his opinion on Terrelle Pryor making the transition from QB to WR.
“I know this, he’ll give it his all and he’ll do everything he can to help the team,” Tressel said. “You have to be very good to play in this league, I don’t care what position it is.”
Tressel said there’s no question Pryor has the ability.
“Absolutely, he has the skills,” he said. “Now, we’re going to find out if he can learn. This level is a cerebral level and you need to have the skills, of course, but what separates you is from the neck up. No one will work harder at it.”
Also, QB Cardale Jones, who played his high school football at Glenville was in attendance supporting his good friend and former high school teammate WR Shane Wynn, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Browns from Indiana.
Jones was signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans as he watched the Browns practice. Jones is expected to battle J.T. Barrett for the Buckeyes starting quarterback position when Ohio State’s training camp begins later this month.
Day of Rest: OL Joe Thomas was given a day of rest. Besides the injuries to West, Winn and Duke Johnson, RB Glenn Winston (knee) remained idle. However, LB Darius Eubanks (knee) and DB Charles Gaines Jr. (hamstring) returned to practice.
DL Phil Taylor was in full pads after being limited earlier this week coming off a knee injury last season.